About Kingaroy Observatory
History of Kingaroy Observatory (formerly Maidenwell Observatory)
Our facility was called the Maidenwell Astronomical Observatory., which opened in town on August, 16, 2004. After 10 years in the town we moved all the buildings to the Kingaroy Airport to be closer to Accommodation, as M'well did not have any of those outlets. We re-opend on June 29, 2015. Since then, we've had 1000's more visit us.
We also have in place, an Accom/Obs package whereby you can get a 10% discount at both ends.<[>Your host is astronomer James Barclay, who has over 65 years experience in the Science.
James and his wife Lyn, funded the Observatory making it the largest, self-funded Astro Tourism business in Queensland, Australia.
We;re now located 5 minutes from Kingaroy, at the airport along Geoff Raph Drive.
On a dark, cloud-free night, the visitor gets to look through 35cm (14 inch) Meade Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes.
The Observation-Deck where the telescopes are, can seat up to 45 people & the Star-Theatre 70 seats.