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A typical group visit to Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre includes:

Explore the Universe in high-definition 3D at Parkes Observatory. ©  Mark James Photography/Parkes Shire Council

  • Looking around the astronomy and space science exhibition
  • Catching a movie in the high-definition 3D theatre
  • Heading out on the AstroKids Scavenger Hunt.

Options and costs for group visits

Visitors centre

  • Cost: Free
  • This option includes:
    • View the telescope up close - within the publicly accessible areas
    • Explore the visitors centre's astronomy and space science exhibition.
  • Total visit time: 1-2 hours

Scavenger hunt

  • Cost: $4 per person
  • This option includes:
    • All visitors centre activities
    • AstroKids activity booklet (scavenger hunt map and clues, puzzles and quizzes, Dish information and activities to do at school or at home)
    • Souvenir pen (per student).
  • Note: The scavenger hunt is designed to run unassisted. We provide the activity booklets and pens, and teachers supervise the activity. It is suitable for students aged 7-14.
  • Total visit time: 1-2 hours

3D theatre

  • Cost: $8 per person
  • This option includes:
    • All visitors centre activities
    • 3D theatre admission (several short 3D films shown together, duration 30 minutes)
  • Total visit time: 1-2 hours

Scavenger hunt and 3D theatre

  • Cost: $11 per person
  • This option includes: All of the activities listed as other options
  • Total visit time: 1.5-2.5 hours

Accompanying teachers

Teachers and coach drivers are free of charge.

The café has closed

Please note as of 1 February 2024 the café will be closed for refurbishment. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. The nearest food and beverage can be found in the town of Parkes, approximately 20kms south of the Observatory.


Bookings are required for group visits to the Parkes Observatory. Please contact us on 6861 1777 if your group is running late.

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