Show Info

Kingaroy Observatory Show Information

Stars & Planets Show

Between late Autumn and end of September each year, peaking in July/August, are the best times to see and photogtaph the Milky Way containing billions of distant Suns (stars) many Constellations, Nebulae, Star Clusters, and Galaxies. The show is suitable for ALL ages 5 years and above.

milky way

No shows are done 4 nights before, on and 4 nights after, a Full Moon - just too much moonlight to see a starry-lit night sky. To make a stargazing booking just go to our homepage and you will see a calendar of current and other months of the year each with dates with blue dots. They are the nights there is no moon which allows you to see more stars moustache clusters more neighbourly and more galaxies and binary stars

Night Shows per Person

  • Adults $40
  • Pensioners $30
  • Child (5-17yrs) $20

Group Bookings Info

Kingaroy Observatory can seat up to 40 on the Observation Deck. Our night shows are ideal for schools, community groups, bus and coach tours.

All our Observatory staff carry current Blue Cards.


1On what dates do you run your Night Shows?

Our night shows only operate on the dates listed in our Booking Calendar on the Home Page.We don't do any night shows 4 nights before, on, and 4 nights after a Full Moon.

Night shows only run when we have clear skies and 4 or more Adults

2Must I book for a Night show?

Yes, bookings are essential for Night shows. Phone. Book online from our Home Page - Booking Calendar with blue dots. They are the Moonless nights whereby you see more stars.

3Can I book online?

You book online from our homepage booking calendar and you pay cash at the door.

4What is the maximum number you can take for a Night or Day show?

Our min. number for a Night Show is 4 Adults irrespective of children over 5 yrs. Our max. seating is 40 persons

5Do I have to check with the Observatory for Night Show weather updates?

YES! If there's patchy cloud in the sky it's recommended that you call the Observatory 1 hour out from start time.

6What do you do if the skies cloud up during a stargazing show?

If the sky clouds up within the first 30 minutes of the show and there is no sign it will clear, you will be offered a refund or given a 3 month rain-check. If the skies cloud up AFTER the first 30 minutes and there's no sign of it clearing, we offer two alternatives: Adjourn to the Star Theatre for an A/V program to finish off the booked session or go home.There are NO refunds.

7What do we get to see in the telescopes?

On moonless nights you get to see to see a lot more of the night skies because the darker it is, the more you see. On these nights we show you through our telescopes, things like double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

On the Moon nights you get to see the Moon and planets up close however, star clusters etc, won't look as bright as on a moonless night, but nonetheless you do get to see whatever we can show you in our telescopes. Winter is best to view (and photograph) the Milky Way, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Carina. In Summer Orion, Canis Majoris, Rigel Orionis, the Great Nebula of Orion - M42, and the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Check our Show Dates page to plan your night out under the stars.

8If I wear glasses do I leave them on?

If you wear glasses for infinity vision leave them on, as the telescopes will be focused for 20-20 vision

9What do I wear or bring on my observing night?

In winter, do not wear jeans as cotton will absorb the cold night air and dew. Instead, wear track suit, woollen clothes.

In summer you can wear what you feel comfortable in but bring a coat just in case.

If you keep your head, feet and hands warm, your whole body will stay warm. We supply blankets to keep your lap and shoulders warm.