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This 90-minute walking tour explores the best of Siding Spring Observatory with a visit inside the Anglo-Australian Telescope Visitors' Gallery and a guided walk around the telescopes dotted along the ridge top of Mount Woorut. Your tour may include stops at the:

i-Telescope - an array of optical telescopes with access for all
LCOGT - one of a global telescope network for schools
UK Schmidt - leading the way with optical technologies.
SkyMapper - mapping the entire content of the night sky each week.

Weather permitting we'll climb the stairs of the UK Schmidt Telescope to the catwalk. Circling the telescope dome, you'll have views to the north and east of Siding Spring Observatory.

Come and gather a deeper understanding of the explorations of our night sky, learn where the future for Australian astronomy lies and leave with an impressive view of the Warrumbungle Mountains etched in your mind.

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Stop At: Siding Spring Observatory, Observatory Road, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357 Australia

This covid-safe 90-minute outdoor-only walking tour explores the best of Siding Spring Observatory. Your tour may include a visit to the

The Anglo-Australian Telescope - Australia's largest optical telescope.
i-Telescope - an array of optical telescopes with access for all
LCOGT - one of a global telescope network for schools
UK Schmidt - leading the way with optical technologies.

Weather permitting we'll climb the stairs of the UK Schmidt Telescope to the catwalk. Circling the telescope dome, you'll have views to the north and east of Siding Spring Observatory.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Inclusions
  • Views over the Warrumbungle National Park
  • Background history of the site and scientific discoveries
  • Walk around the Schmidt Telescope Catwalk (weather dependent)
  • Guided Walking Tour


Departure Point
Siding Spring Observatory, Observatory Rd, Coonabarabran NSW 2357, Australia


Departure Time
10:15 AM

Duration
1 hour 30 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Dark Sky Traveller in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.