Mount Stromlo Observatory

Mount Stromlo Observatory

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

At Mount Stromlo Observatory you can see spectacular views over Canberra and the Brindabellas and make use of the barbeque and picnic facilities.

Discover the site's history; from its use as a World War II optical munitions factory to the Observatory's post-2003 recovery. Or take an interactive heritage walk with the smartphone app.

Stroll past the only operational research telescope at the Stromlo Satellite Laser Ranging Observatory, part of the Australian National University's site.

Check their website for dates of periodic walking tours and stargazing events.

Mount Stromlo Observatory is the headquarters of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, a world-respected community of researchers exploring the heavens.
  • Mt Stromlo at night
  • Memorial artwork of one of the obsolete facilities
    Memorial artwork of one of the obsolete facilities
  • Country views from the shell
    Views from the shell
  • Observatory relic looking over the Brindabella hills
    Observatory relics make a perfect viewing point
  • Peaceful picnic spot
    Picnic in peace

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Access to the site available daily 6am-7pm.

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Location

Mount Stromlo Observatory

Mt. Stromlo Observatory via Cotter Road, Weston Creek, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Barbeque

Carpark

Conference/Function Facilities

Pet Friendly - Enquire

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 41 REVIEWS

Ranked #72 of 225 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“Interesting History”

Reviewed on 20/03/2021

If you are into Telescopes, then a visit here is a must. A walk around the area take you past the 2003 fire damage and the new telescopes. Walkers and Mountain Bike riders have plenty of terrain.

Review by

P8766PImarks

“A sad place because of the losses in bushfires”

Reviewed on 18/11/2020

This is an amazing site but so much of the historic telescopes and buildings have been destroyed in bushfires and not replaced. So sad to see so much lost that cannot be replaced. So much scientific...

Review by

Whitehavengirl43

“Disappointing visit - all closed up”

Reviewed on 30/11/2019

We were not aware that there had been bushfires that had destroyed some of the telescopes in the past, and it was our first visit to Mount Stromlo. The sign on the building's door simply said closed...

Review by

RBN11

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