Even amid the bright lights of the city, there is a place where it is possible to see our wondrous night sky. Thanks to the Melbourne Observatory's high-powered telescope located in the Royal Botanical Gardens, you can take a close up look at some of the features in our night sky. A wonderful opportunity to meet with some experts in the field and see things you cannot normally see; reserve your place through the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria website.
Every Monday evening (excluding public holidays) the Melbourne Observatory opens its roof to the heavens, offering us a rare glimpse of our closest astronomical neighbours. Bookings are absolutely essential to ensure everyone has ample opportunity to enjoy their experience. Using powerful, heritage telescopes, experts from the Astronomical Society of Victoria will lead you through a tour of the sky and perhaps teach you a little more about our wondrous universe.
Tours are held every Monday night, regardless of the weather, and excluding public holidays. Guests meet at the Melbourne Observatory outside the Visitor Centre on Birdwood Avenue in the Melbourne Gardens ready for an 8pm start. The evening concludes at 9.30pm.
Organisers recommend the evening is best suited to children aged 8 years of age and over - and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tours places are $24 per adult, $20 concession & Friends' member, $20 for children and $70 for a family of four. Private tours are available for groups of 12 and more.