Events & Activities

Apart from the excellent everyday event of being situated at the top of Mount Stromlo, with breathtaking views of the Brindabellas whilst being surrounded by historical astronomical wonders, beautiful food and coffee, beer and wine - there are sometimes other things happening up here. This is where you'll find the details.

For what's happening off the mountain check out our Links we Like page



Art Society Of Canberra

January 24 - March 18

More than 100 works by local artists

The art of over 35 members of ASOC will be on show, including:

• The realist watercolours of Isla Patterson
• The vibrant colours of the region represented in the work of Dawn Wilson
• The more abstract, interpretative representations by
Noelle Bell, Jacquie Rogers and Tricia Wheatstone
• The fine details in naturalist art by Viv Pinder
• The elegance and colour in the works of Lisa Wang


Star Grazing Friday Nights 2014

Returning in March

Public Observing Nights:
In association with the ANU & CAS, Scope Mount Stromlo is excited to host the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics Public Observing evenings.

These events run each month between April and October. 
On these nights, telescopes are set up outside the café and you can come up between 7pm and 9pm to mingle with Canberra Astronomical Society Members and partake in viewing the stars. 

The ANU also provides lectures and you can enjoy the café and gallery space. Bookings advised for these events!

Please wear warm clothing – it gets pretty cold up here at night!
This is a free event – co-ordinated and organised by ANU and Canberra Astronomical Society.

For more information please see or email

Dates for 2014 are:
11 April
9 May
6 June
4 July
1 August
5 September

Private Observing nights:
Friday night Stars and Stellar Smorgasboard!
Due to popular demand, we will be opening regularly on Friday nights for extra dinner and stargazing events.

These are casual dining nights, with a delicious Buffet, a little live music and a side of awesome... stargazing!

$35pp and children under 12 half price.
These nights will begin in March and go through to October.

To reserve a table please email
or call 6162 2388


Beyond Scope…

Did you know about the other amazing sites and attractions along the old tourist drive number 5 route? 

Tourist Drive number 5 is a lovely loop that can be completed in about 40 minutes.  Driving west along the Cotter Road, there are many lovely little stops offs as well as a number of attractions to visit and see.

Enjoy a spot of Horseriding at Kerabee. 
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Stop off for a swim at Casurina Sands.
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Enjoy camping at the Cotter 
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Visit the recently enlarged Cotter Dam and the awesome playground.
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Drive south to visit the NASA Tidbinbilla tracking station – another amazing Science Attraction
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Visit the beautiful Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
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Corin Forest – bobsleds!
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Things we love:     

CRDL Rollerderby

whats not to love about a strong group of women, mashing it up in the rink..

Scope Mount Stromlo has been a proud sponsor of this fabulous sport since it’s revivial in 2009.


Canberra Youth Music

What a great performance by the gang at last years Centenary Event -Music under the Stars! 

Despite the heavens opening up on the first occasion – the second attempt saw a perfect Autumn evening setting the backdrop to an amazing performance within the Yale-Columbia Dome.

Gustav Holsts “The Planets’ Suite was the perfect presentation with a stellar evening of stargazing, champagne and talent showcased up here at the Mount Stromlo Observatory.








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