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.

Mount Stromlo Observatory's observing facilities were damaged by the 2003 Canberra bushfires. The shell still remains and is popular with photographers. See spectacular views over Canberra and the Brindabellas and make use of the barbeque and picnic facilities.

Take an interactive heritage walk with the Smartphone application. Discover the site's history; from its use as a World War II optical munitions factory to the Observatory's post 2003 recovery.

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.

  • 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 39 REVIEWS

Ranked #74 of 223 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“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

“Mount Stromlo”

Reviewed on 08/08/2019

The Visitor Centre and Coffee shop are currently closed. It's an interesting place to wander around. I would recommend cycling, Mountain biking or just going for a walk. There are plenty of wallabies...

Review by

FrostyRemo

“Disappointing”

Reviewed on 16/06/2019

There is not much point in visiting at the moment, the visitor centre is being done up and was closed and there are only skeletons of what the fire destroyed. Whilst it was humbling to see the...

Review by

livkelsjen

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