Observer Travel and Accommodation

Please provide your travel details at least three weeks before your next observing run. Use our Observer Travel Notification Form (Lens account required). Please fill out this form even if you plan to do the observations remotely from North Ryde or from one of the other remote observing sites.

With the construciton of the new lodge at site, accommodation is now limited, so book early.

In the event of a Catastrophic Fire Danger, the site will be closed and all will be evacuated. In such circumstance, and in cases where there is a bushfire within 50 Km of the site and the fire danger rating is severe or extreme, you will be asked to evacuate the site and head to the evacuation site in Coonabarabran. The evacuation point in Coonabarabran is the Coonabarabran Bowling Club located at 79 Edwards Street (near the Shell service station).   Please advise relevant site staff that you have evacuated the site. Additional information can be found in the business recovery document located in the cottages on Site.

Just returned from an AAO observing run? Australian-based observers may claim Travel and Accommodation support from the AAO.
European-based observers who qualify for support from OPTICON should submit their claims directly to the Access Office.

For further information on travelling to the Australian Astronomical Observatory, please read the following pages: