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A typical group visit to Parkes Observatory 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
    • 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 Parkes radio telescope 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: $6 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: $9 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.

Catering at Parkes Observatory

Order in advance so the award-winning Dish Café can prepare a catering package to suit your group's needs. Contact the Dish Café directly on phone +61 2 6861 1772, or visit the Dish Cafe website.

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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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