The Compact Array Visitors Centre is usually open to the public every day of the year, however, it will be closed during the week of Friday, 22nd September to Friday, 29th September, 2017 to host a special radio astronomy school. It will still be possible to view the antennas from the viewing platform and the grounds, outside exhibits and toilet facilities will still be open. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Opening hours

7 days a week from 8.00am to 5.00pm (including public holidays)

Please note: the Visitors Centre will be closed to the public during the week: Friday 22nd – Friday 29th September, 2017


See map and directions to Paul Wild Observatory.

Getting to the observatory

You’ll find our Compact Array telescope and visitors centre at Paul Wild Observatory, about 25 km from the town of Narrabri and 500 km from Sydney.

Please drive carefully as there are often kangaroos and sheep grazing on the site, particularly approaching dawn and dusk. During and after rain a series of causeways/floodways can become quite deep, slow down and cross with care.

Entry costs

  • Free admission

Help us listen to whispers from space

The 'noise' created by our modern gadgets can overwhelm the weak signals from space our telescopes are trying to detect. You can help us listen to whispers from space by switching your phone to airplane/flight mode, and turning off other WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled devices before you arrive. We welcome photography and digital video when you visit, however, please ensure that your device is in airplane/flight mode.

Contact the visitors centre

Compact Array Visitors Centre

Phone +61 2 6790 4000

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