Perth Observatory – Bickley, Australia - Atlas Obscura

Perth Observatory

Bickley, Australia

The oldest observatory in West Australia.  


Perth Observatory was founded in 1896 at Mount Eliza and was moved to Bickley in 1966 when light pollution from the city got too bright. 

Perth Observatory contributed to many global scientific developments, including co-discovering the rings of Uranus, discovering several minor planets, and more than supernovas. 

It’s now located in a state forest home to an assortment of wild animals, including a herd of kangaroos that live on the back lawn. Many of the original domes and telescopes are still on site and can be seen by visitors. 

Walking around in the daytime allows visitors to see some of the beautiful nature that surrounds the site, as well as the ability to walk around the administration building and see the newly refurbished museum. 

Tours can also be booked at night which include a look through new and historic telescopes. 

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