Open Day – Sat 1st Oct 2016




October 1st 2016 – 9:30am till 4pm

Can’t make Open Day but would like to see the talks? We will be streaming the talks live on the day.


Siding Spring Observatory (the Mud Map and Program is ready for you here!). Remember to pick up your What’s On booklet on the day!


There’s a whole day of activities – view the Mud Maps for Open Day.

*Open Day Program (see Program 2016 in PDF)

*Tour the telescopes

*Hear talks by world famous astronomers in the AAT Dome (see Talks Program 2016 AAT in PDF)

*Talks designed for children in the Exploratory (see Childrens Talks Program 2016 in PDF)

*Enjoy activities for the whole family

*See the science displays including for example solar viewing and Starr’s Planetarium

Starr's Planetarium

*Eat at the newly refurbished Exploratory cafe, or grab a sausage sizzle on the way round

*Starfest will be supporting the work of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) this year. The VRA will be raffling a 40″ Hisense Smart TV over the weekend. Tickets will be on sale from the VRA and Starfest Committee. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

*And much much more

How can I get there? Bus or Drive?

Bus from Coonabarabran

Pick Up 1: 9am pick up at Visitors centre in town, 9:30am drop off at SSO.

Pick Up 2: 12:30pm pick up at Visitors centre in town, 1:00pm drop off at SSO.

Return to Coonabarabran Visitors centre

Return 1: 12pm from Exploratory at SSO

Return 2: 4pm from Exploratory at SSO

Drive and Park

There’s tons of parking – drive on in. You will be directed as you approach the telescopes.

Do I Have To Book?

No! Just rock on up – we would love to see you!