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Accommodation on Siding Spring Mountain
Due to the bush fire at Siding Spring Observatory and the destruction of the Lodge, this facility is no longer available for visiting observers. Until the new lodge is available (April 11th), the ANU has set up alternative accommodation.
In either case please use the AAO Visitor Form.
Upon your Arrival at Siding Spring (Instuctions up to April 11th)
After arriving at Siding Spring, you'll probably want to first locate where you are staying. Most visitors now stay in Bingar Cottage or in House 3. You can park your car out the front of either place.
If you had filled out the AAO Visitor Form, then we will know that you are coming and your name will be on one of the doors.
After you have settled in, head over to the ANU adminstration builing. In the entrance foyer, there is a sign in sheet. Please sign in. This sheet is used to know who is on the mountain in case of an emergency. Don't forget to sign out when you leave the mountain.
Once you have signed in, head over to the AAT building. Enter through the first set of glass doors and use the phone to contact an AAO staff member. They will take you to the 1st floor, where you will be shown where your desk is. You will be given a flash light and a letter from the AAO with additional information.
If you have asked the AAO to cover your travel and accommodations costs (Australian based astronomers only), then you do not need to pay the ANU for your stay. The AAO will do that for you. Those not receiving support from the AAO to cover their accommodation costs need to settle their accounts with ANU administration.
Here is some additional information on what to expect when you travel to site has been provided by the ANU.
Upon your Arrival at Siding Spring (Instuctions for April 11th and beyond)
After arriving at the summit, you'll probably want to first locate where you are staying. There is key safe at the visitor centre that contains the key to your room. Enter the number that you have been given, and then make your way to the new lodge.
There will be a boom gate that you'll need to first open before you get to the lodge. Once you have filled out the visitor form, we'll provide you with the code. There is a car park out the front of the new lodge where you can park your car.
Once you have found your room and settled in, you'll probably want to make contact with AAO staff. Head over to the AAT building, enter through the first set of glass doors and use the phone to contact the control room. An AAO staff member will take you to the 1st floor, where you will be shown where your desk is. There, you will find a flash light and a letter from the AAO with additional information.
Accommodation Costs (before April 11th)
Accommodation: $55 per room
Night Lunch $11
Small meals can be bought at the Exploratory. A self-serve cereal breakfast is available in the common kitchen area of the temporary lodge.
Accommodation Costs (after April 11th)
Accommodation: $165 (incl. GST) per room. Includes a continental breakfast, dinnner, and night lunch.
If you wish your room to be cleaned during your stay, a $15 cleaning fee will apply.
If your accommodation costs are covered by the AAO, then the AAO will make the booking for you. Otherwise, you will need to make the booking using the ANUs accommodation booking system.
On Sundays, the gate at the bottom of the mountain is often locked with a padlock. If you are arriving (or leaving) on a Sunday, you'll need the combination. Your support astronomer can give it to you.