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Night Sky and Telescope Viewing

23/02/2021 (9:00pm - 10:15pm)

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Warrumbungle Observatory
Warrumbungle Observatory
841 Timor Rd, Coonabarabran NSW 2357
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Warrumbungle Night Sky and Telescope Viewing Tour

 View the planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies through telescopes.

Constellations pointed out with a laser pointer

Includes 1 photo of a nebula or the Moon taken through the 20" Telescope with your own Canon or Nikon DSLR camera only if you have one.

 Your Tour Gudie will be Brett Richards.

This is an outdoors activity and Coonabarabran can get very cold at night in the winter months. Please bring plenty of warm clothing. Sometimes mozzies in the warmer months so wear long pants, shoes, and lpng sleeve shirt, and spray on some aerogard.


Please take note of the directions to find us as we cannot be located with a GPS. We can be hard to find in the dark so if unsure do a drive by in the daylight.

Travelling from Coonabarabran.  We are 9.0km from the clocktower in Coonabarabran. Head west from the clocktower along Dalgarno St. Take the 2nd right into namoi st then the 3rd left into Eden St, then follow out of town for 8.4km. The road changes name to Timor Rd (ignore what road the gps tells you as its incorrect). We are on the left. If you see the Warrumbungle Mountain Motel on the right you have gone to far. You will see some kangaroo signs. These signs are not joking! We are 400m before it.

If you are travelling from the Warrumbungle National Park, it is about 24km. Head towards Coonabarabran. When you exit the park you will see the Siding Spring turn off. From there it is another 14km towards Coonabarabran.Just before us you will see the Mountain Motel on the left. We are 400m past that on the right. Take your time as it is kangaroo country.

When booking its important to leave an Australian Mobile phone number you will have with you on the day so we can contact you if there is a change or cancellation. If you dont have one, email with a way of contacting you whether its a motel phone number or email address. Do not leave your own home number unless you are a local resident.

This is very important as we will need to contact you an hour before the show if we decide to cancel due to overcast skies. Phone reception is very poor or non existant in some areas out of town. If its cloudy please check an hour before if you can by finding some phone range. There will be no one at the observatory if its cancelled to advise you.


Terms & Conditions


You must have a prepaid ticket to attend. These are shown on your phone on arrival. No need to print out.

Every person regardless of age requires a ticket.

We have restricted numbers due to covid-19 restrictions, so every person requires a ticket including babies and toddlers as they are included in our maximum number size. if you bring an extra, you will be turned away without a refund as we are not permitted to go over our person number limit and we are not permitted to have people come who have not booked.

You need to provide a name for every person plus your contact details (mobile phone number and address) as we are required to keep this information in case NSW health want to contract trace.Do not put the same name on every ticket.

There is a flat fee for all age groups due to the restrictions on our group size due to the coronavirus restrictions imposed.

Tickets are not transferable to any other session or date or person.

We cant change the numbers in any one booking. Therefore we cant do a partial refund, only a full refund. If you want to change the numbers we have to cancel the whole booking and you rebook again for the numbers you want. We only give a refund with 72 hours notice minimum. You would lose your booking fee

You need to give 7 days notice minimum in order to obtain a refund. The booking fee is not refunded.

When you purchase a ticket, 123TIX will send you an email with the ticket attached. If you do not receive this email me at Show this ticket on your phone on arrival or printout.

Provide your mobile number for the day in case we need to contact you with any changes. Do not leave your home phone number.

The ticket will show you how to find us. We cant be found using a car gps.


With the current corona virus restrictions you agree to

Not attend if you are feeling unwell or

                                 have been placed in quarantine.

                                 You have been to one of the locations listed under the heading "Self-isolate and get tested immediately"and also "Monitor Symptoms"at

                                 awaiting a covid 19 test result

That you either use hand sanitiser on entry or wash your hands with soap and water.

Social distance of 1.5m from other people.

No touching telescopes or eyepieces, though you can put your eye up to it.

Keep children with you at all times

Cough or sneeze into your elbow.


Overcast evenings  (IMPORTANT PLEASE READ)

The show is weather permitting.

We cancel the show if we think it will be overcast for most of the show.

An email is sent and a text message is sent approximately an hour before the start time advising if the show is cancelled.

                                   This is sent to the Australian mobile number and email address you provided when booking.

                                   If you are staying out of range like at the Mountain Motel, or Bakala Farm (Piliga Pottery) please advise                                       so we can call them on their landline to advise you.

                                   There will be no one on site if the show is cancelled so please check for a text or email before leaving.

If your travel time is more than 1 hour, please contact us to ensure the show is going ahead before you leave to save you a long trip for nothing. 

If it is cloudy and you have not received a text by an hour before start time please text on 0488 425 112 asking if the show has going ahead or not as if it is cancelled there may be no one there to advise you.

A refund is given when the show is cancelled. The credit card fee is not refunded.

Weather by its nature  can be very unpredictable at times. Sometimes we get it wrong with the weather we think it will be cloudy. We cancel the show. Then it ends up being clear. The opposite can happen as well. So apologies in advance if this occurs. We have to make a call on it an hour before as it takes about an hoour to set up all the equipment.

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