27 January, 2023
Observe the upgrades
A new outdoor exploratory deck, an all-abilities children’s playground, a new events space, and café upgrades are what to be looked forward to at Siding Springs Observatory, after a successful $577,120 grant.
“This project is a great win for local tourism, and the
new outside exploratory deck will provide a wheelchair
accessible covered seating area with unobstructed views
of the beautiful scenery only found in the Warrumbungles,”
said deputy premier and minister for regional
NSW Paul Toole.
“The funding will also help provide an expanded visitor
experience, with a new holographic display featuring
never-before-seen astronomy content, new interactive
displays for visitors, and jaw dropping views that
tourists will love.
"Coonabarabran has something special on offer in
the Siding Spring Observatory and this funding will
help further showcase the natural beauty of this region,
and the world-leading astronomical research undertaken
here by the Australian National University.”
Observatory manager Robert Brookfield said he is
excited and thankful to the NSW government for supporting
the Elevate Siding Spring Observatory Project.
“This project will revitalise the visitor experience by
upgrading and enhancing the visitor centre, which, in
conjunction with unique behind the scenes tours, will
improve the visitor experience and boost local tourism,”
Mr Brookfield said.
“The project includes upgrading the exploratory
with modern interesting and interactive exhibits which
will promote the science performed at the observatory,
and an exploratory deck with covered seating showcasing
views across the Warrumbungle’s.
“With these and other enhancements to Siding
Spring Observatory, the project will help draw additional
visitors to the Warrumbungle region, we’re very excited
about the impact that the facility upgrade will have
in sharing this unique place with visitors while learning
about Astronomy, and exploring the region.”
The upgrades have been made possible by the NSW government’s Regional Tourism Activation Fund round two.