Visiting the Observatory
The GDC Observatory is part of the Gravity Precinct and shares this special piece of pristine bushland with the Gravity Discovery Centre, AIGO research centre and the famous Zadko telescope enabling visitors to experience science in an extraordinary number of ways.
The Observatory boasts a fully retractable roof, state of the art telescopes and amazing WA dark sky offering visitors a world class astronomy experience. Souvenirs are available for purchase at the GDC shop.
The Observatory, is situated at Yeal, between Yanchep National Park and the township of Gingin. Twelve kilometres off Indian Ocean Drive (Wanneroo Road) and twenty five kilometres from Brandt Highway (near the Gingin turnoff), we are within an hour to an hour and a half from Perth and surrounds providing close access to have this truly unique experience.
Public night visits are offered on Friday & Saturday evenings currently from 7-9 PM.
Cancellations are permitted as long as the Observatory is notified 24 hours prior to the booked session. You are welcome to reschedule your visit for another evening. Refunds are only given for exceptional circumstances
Please Note: Booking for night sessions are essential via the button below or call 08 9575 7577.
These sessions are subject to weather conditions and number of attendees.
Visitors to the GDC will be able to visit the Observatory during the day accompanied by one of our guides provided they are on duty (feel free to call to enquire if guides are available on your desired date)
Solar viewing is offered when available.
Schools and Groups
The GDC Observatory offers fun tours and educational programs in Astronomy. Programs are developed by WA’s leading Astronomy educators and are entertaining and informative.
All ages and abilities are catered for and support the teaching of the wonders of the universe and programs can be booked for day or night visits.
School Programs are suitable for all year levels and provide curriculum outcomes. Schools and Groups have the option of booking a visit that also incorporates the Gravity Discovery Centre.
Aboriginal Astronomy explores the night skies in the context of the origin of the universe as told in dream time stories.
Unlike modern day astronomers who have only one creation story of the universe, i.e. the Big Bang, the Aboriginal people have many stories of how the universe came into being.
Join Noongar Elder, Shaun Nannup and GDC Observatory, Head Astronomer, Rick Tonello for a unique stargazing experience.
The Gravity Discovery Centre with the Observatory can offer an unique and fascinating venue for your next conference, event or gathering.
We have three different spaces, the GDC Theatre, The Cosmology Gallery and the Observatory and can accommodate up to 100 participants and supply all your requirements.
Catering is also available.
Call us on 08 9575 7577 or
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