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“Very Informative”

Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Port Macquarie, Australia
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41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Very Informative”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We had a wonderful evening of stargazing nd found it very informative.
I would not recommend this for families with young children as the talk is quite long nd becomes boring for the younger ones nd they became restless nd noisy thus making it difficult to hear the person speaking. They also found it quite difficult to understand the concept of looking through the telescope a lot of time was taking up with parents fussing with children so some people missed out or had only minimal time looking through the telescope.
The staff were fantastic nd helpful.
The room is quite hot if you are going in the warmer months even though they do try to cool it down.

Visited May 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
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“Very knowledgeable staff”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

This was a really interesting visit and the staff were, obviously, very knowledgeable and willing to share their wealth of knowledge. Love that they handed around a bit of meteor (or meteorite?!) to everyone. We came in the school holidays, so it was VERY busy. My kids (4 and 8) were not the right audience at all but they loved looking through the telescope at the planet.

Visited April 2014
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Ipswich, Australia
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“weds evening visit”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

this was okay but not really for small children - needs to be adapted to make it a little more interesting for all ages, unfortunately it was overcast this night so we couldnt even look at anything - what a shame. they could also porobably look at becoming more commercial and having few more items for sale as there werer plenty of children excited to go and buy something but it let us down - most kids were asleep by then end of the talk. Talk needs revamping, spice it up a bit and should run at 1 hour max (ours ran over). Would go again only if they made some changes.

Visited April 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Great evening adventure”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

Saw Jupiter and its bands through the telescope followed by a very informative presentation by volunteers. With our primary school aged kids it was a good evening for us all (starts after 8pm and finishes around 9.30pm). Lots of fun for enquiring minds.

Visited February 2014
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“Very informative”
Reviewed 10 February 2014 via mobile

Spent a very informative 1 1/2hrs at the observatory. Managed to look through the telescope and see the moon and its curators and Jupiter and it's rings. The volunteers were all great. Would recommend if you are interested in the stars

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