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(1) Mount Burnett Observatory - aerial view, showing two observatory domes, metal shed, and log cabin, linked by concrete paths. Farmland and dam in background. (2) Monash Dome, Celestron Dome and shed, with Milky Way overhead. (3) Monash Dome illuminated by the Moon overhead, and red lights on the side. (4) Eighteen inch telescope inside Monash Dome, viewed from behind while it is pointed at the night sky. (5) Monash Dome and Celestron Dome in daylight, linked by concrete path. (6) Monash Dome at night with image of stars projected onto the exterior walls and roof. Door and telescope slit are open showing interior lights.

Mount Burnett Observatory

Monash University 1972


Mount Burnett Observatory was built in 1972 by Monash University as a research facility. The original telescope in the Monash Dome was used by students and staff to study variable stars. The Log Cabin, added in 1975, provided on-site facilities for students conducting observations. In the early 2000s the facility was no longer needed by Monash University and fell into disrepair.

In 2011 an enthusiastic group of local astronomers took over the site and began its restoration, with the aim to preserve the facility and use it to promote astronomy and science to the broader community. The observatory now services a growing membership of astronomers pursuing a range of activities, including astrophotography, radio astronomy, outreach programs and a Young Observers group. The Monash Dome houses a telescope with an 18-inch mirror, and provides members and visitors with magnificent views of the night sky.

What's On

After parking your vehicle your astronomer guide will assemble your group and give you a broad overview of the facility, and point out conveniences and area boundaries.

In small groups you will be shown around the observatory and visit the Monash Dome and the 18-inch telescope, the Celestron Dome, the Log Cabin, specialist astronomy displays, and children's activities.

Visitors to the evening tours will have the opportunity to view the night sky through the telescopes (weather permitting).

Photography at the site is welcome.

Children's Activities

Our Young Observers team will be on hand to help young astronomers with some astronomy craft activities.

(1) Mount Burnett Observatory. (2) Monash Dome with Milky Way overhead. (3) Monash Dome with red lights and moonlight. (4) Eighteen inch telescope inside Monash Dome. (5) Monash Dome and Celestron Dome. (6) Monash Dome with stars projected on exterior. All photos: Neil Creek.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 July
Tours run 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 5.30pm + 7.30pm
Running for 60 minutes (day) and 90 minutes (night) in groups of 45
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Look for the MBO board at our driveway entrance.


Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible parking nearby


All Ages


420 Paternoster Road, Mount Burnett VIC 3781

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