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Mt Stromlo Observatory, 1965 (Mt Stromlo Archives)

Welcome to Mt Stromlo Heritage Trail


Mt Stromlo Observatory is the headquarters of The Australian National University's (ANU) Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA). It is one of two key sites for the School, the other at Siding Spring, near Coonabarabran, NSW. Mt Stromlo Observatory is a highly significant site both to the ANU and to Canberra and is listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List.

The Mt Stromlo Heritage Trail leads you across the Mt Stromlo site, stopping at key points of interest, along the way you will learn about the history and scientific aspects of this interesting place, while taking in the natural beauty of Mt Stromlo, and the stunning views over Canberra. The Trail is interactive and is supported by the ANU Space App which includes augmented reality experiences which are triggered by the signs at the site.

For those of you who cannot physically visit the site, this website provides an overview of the information provided on the trail and some added extras such as videos, image galleries and further detail on the history and discoveries of the Observatory.

When is the last time you visited Mount Stromlo?

When is the last time you visted Mount Stromlo?

One of the most iconic ruins of the 2003 Canberra bushfires, the Mount Stromlo Observatory Director's Residence, is now open to the public following a major restoration project after being closed for 12 years

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Updated:  30 November 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, Facilities & Services Division/Page Contact:  Systems & Information Technology