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Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory

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Learning experience for budding astronomers young & old

I am always on the lookout for experiences that my young grandchildren (5 & 3 yo) will remember... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kempsey, Australia
Glad we went

Thanks to Mother Nature we didn’t get a chance to see much. However we did see Jupiter and her... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Kotara, Australia
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Stewart St, Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444, Australia
+61 407 841 621
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am always on the lookout for experiences that my young grandchildren (5 & 3 yo) will remember & the Kids Activities at the Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory during the Christmas vacation were excellent. The children's activities were/are on each of the Fridays from 10.30am...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Thanks to Mother Nature we didn’t get a chance to see much. However we did see Jupiter and her moons! The volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly and kid -tolerant! My boys asked LOTS of questions and he answered them patiently and with interest. The entrance fee...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Forced to sit through an almost hour long talk before given the opportunity to look through the telescope. Really, these two activities should be mutually exclusive. Not really suitable for young children unless they can sit still for long periods of time.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

The volunteers who run the observatory are extremely passionate and it is a credit to them that the observatory exists. We were so looking forward to going with our space-loving children but left early and very disappointed. We felt so terrible and guilty leaving early...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately the weather was not permitting to look through the microscope, but we had a very fun and educational talk from the guy that worked there. It’s a small place but worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Samantha D
Reviewed 13 June 2018

If you are lucky enough to have numbers to open on the night you go it's interesting. Take the kids and have a look at the moon up close. Great value

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank AlFewre
Reviewed 1 April 2018

Seems to attract a good crowd and seems well cared for by awesome volunteers. Let's raise money for this lovely observatory to arrange more comfortable seating. I LOVE it that they bring in aboriginal knowledge. I wish more Australian businesses and government would follow the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

We arrived on a cloudy night, so the telescope viewing was not available. However, the presentation and chat from Mike on Mars was very interesting and informative. I must admit I’m not that into astronomy, but I was absorbed in the chat.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank brisfamily255068
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Never been to an Astronomical observatory before we got to hold a piece of a meteorite and look at Satan very informative

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank annettemarie66
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This place is a hidden gem run by very passionate volunteers. It was great to get an understanding of the solar system and be able to ask lots of questions.

Date of experience: September 2017
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18 November 2018|
Response from anniemK9228IV | Reviewed this property |
Sure we will give you a try next time we’re up tha way. Thanks.