Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory, Port Macquarie

The Observatory was built in 1961/62 through the efforts of Albert York a retired master builder and architect. He intended building an observatory on the top of a building in Joffre Street but was opposed by a neighbour. The local council enquired into the matter and among those on the committee of enquiry were some Rotarians. They became interested in the idea of an observatory in Port Macquarie and Albert York was asked to address a meeting of the local Rotarians. As a result of the speech Dr. McLaren suggested that Albert York inspect a 5 inch telescope that was lying in disuse at the local Hastings District Public Hospital. The telescope was a gift from Bob Stanfield, a publican at Port Macquarie to be used for viewing ships at sea.
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  • We arrived on a cloudy night, so the telescope viewing was not available. However, the presentation and chat from Mike on Mars was very interesting and informative. I must admit I’m not that into astr...  more »
  • Never been to an Astronomical observatory before we got to hold a piece of a meteorite and look at Satan very informative  more »
  • This place is a hidden gem run by very passionate volunteers. It was great to get an understanding of the solar system and be able to ask lots of questions.  more »
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  • For just a gold coin donation we were able to see the half moon in the night sky. Make sure to visit on a clear night and aim for a half moon to really get the shadows and see the true detail of the moon. Very friendly staff and very tidy observatory.
  • We had a great night, unfortunately the visibility was poor on the night we went but we would still recommend checking it out.
  • For a small observatory this is a gem, the 30-40min presentation delivered great practical articulation of knowledge, the chance to hold a piece of meteorite and was thought provoking, view of the half moon and then an excellent view of Saturn was outstanding. For $10 each it was a fabulous investment - we left wowed!!
  • nice speech, had a good time
  • It is well worthwhile doing a tour of the Observatory at Rotary Park as it gives you a true appreciation of the size of this galaxy!

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As a well-established holiday destination, Port Macquarie offers a good number of places to stay. Most accommodations cluster in the town's scenic areas--at the mouth of the Hastings River and along the coast, as well as close to the beaches. While the town does feature several larger hotels, rental apartments and guesthouses outnumber them by far. If you're looking to stay outside town and closer to the lush surrounding countryside, you can choose anything from luxurious cabins to campgrounds.
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