Siding Spring Observatory is Australia's premier optical astronomical research facility. Located 27 kilometres west of Coonabarabran on the edge of the Warrumbungle National Park, it is home of Australia's largest optical telescopes, the 3.9 metre Anglo Australian Telescope, and the 2.3 metre Advanced Technology Telescope.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the Exploratory with hands on activities and information about the universe, the solar system and the research activities undertaken by astronomers at the site.
The annual Star Fest celebration at Siding Spring Observatory is held on the first weekend in October. It's your chance to explore the whole site, talk with astronomers about the universe and the research they are undertaking. You might even get a chance to take a look through a telescope yourself! More information can be found on the web site.