Siding Spring Observatory and Cafe at Warrumbungle National Park, Coonabarabran
Since opening in 1964, The Australian National University has operated the observatory site Siding Spring Observatory (SSO). Located on top of Mt Woorut, west of Coonabarabran, New South Wales on the eastern edge of the Warrumbungle National Park.
Siding Spring houses an informative astronomy exhibition area with hands-on activities for the whole family, plus enjoy a great coffee, lunch or a snack at the Exploratory Café and browse a variety of souvenirs and gifts available in the visitors centre.
There are pretty spectacular views of the Warrumbungle National Park from the top of the mountain and if you drive through the National Park on the way up or down, chances are you will come across a number of Kangaroo hoping by.
Siding Spring Observatory s a working research facility and are not open at night for public viewing. Siding Spring Observatory is closed to the general public after 4pm.
As a general guide, the Dome Cafe and Exporatory are open:
Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Closed Sunday except during NSW school holidays and public holidays.