Shire of Kalamunda

Perth Observatory, Bickley


Summary
  • Perth Observatory is Australia's oldest fully-operational astronomical observatory.
  • Provides information and educational services, as well as conducting international-standard astronomical research
  • Entry fee applies.  People with a disability receive a concession rate
  • Guided tours of the night sky with professional astronomers. Moonlit and dark sky viewing sessions available
  • Observatory shop. No refreshments on sale
  • Accessible parking bay on site
  • Accessible toilet on site
Location (View Map)
337 Walnut Road, Bickley, WA 6076 Australia
Opening Hours
The observatory does not cater for casual visitors. There are various activities which require a booking.
Telephone
Phone 08 9293 8255
Fax 08 9292 8138

Closest accessible parking

  • One accessible bay in the large car park near the accessible toilet.
  • Vehicle access from: Walnut road
  • Pedestrian access: !2 metres across the car park to accessible toilet.
    80 metres on level bitumen around main building to rear ramp access.
  • Cost: Free
Accessible bay.
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Service/s
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Pick up / set down bay
  • The closest accessible pick up and set down bay is near the accessible toilet in the car park. It is 5 metres long.
Parking
  • One accessible parking bay in the large car park near the toilet.
External access and entrance
  • Access to the main building is by a 80 metre long level bitumen path and then a 15 metre long ramp, with a gradient of 1:9 at the rear.
  • The rear door is double, clearance 82 cm each door.
  • Access to the telescopes and outside viewing area is by a 150 metre, even and wide, bitumen pathway with a gradient of 1:23.
Path to access main building. Main building rear access ramp. Pathway to telescopes. Observing facility. Pentagraph mounting pedestal.
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Internal area
  • Inside the main building is the shop and several facility rooms. The building is on one level, carpeted and no doors less than 82 cm clearance.
  • The telescope viewing rooms are level with plenty of room.
Signage, customer displays and customer information
  • Information displays are clear with good colour contrast.
Equipment for people with disabilities
  • For visitors with a disability but who have upper body mobility, a telescope attached to a pantograph can be set up which allows the astronomer to aim and focus the telescope and use the pantograph to bring the telescope down to the visitors level.
  • The observatory has two manual wheelchairs for the use of visitors.
Pentagraph pedestal.
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Toilet: Perth Observatory, Bickley

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Availability: Unlocked when visitors are present.
  • Customer use only: Yes
  • Description: One unisex toilet at the far side of the car park.
  • Signage: Overhead directional signage is clear and has good colour contrast.
  • External access: The footpath to the toilet is reached from the car park
  • Main entrance: The 4 metre long even concrete ramp, has a gradient of 1:14
  • Toilet door: The 83 cm wide door into the toilet has D handles. Door is light to open and slow to close.
  • Pan height: 49 cm
  • Handrails: Yes
  • Basin height: 81 cm
  • Paper towel dispenser: Yes
  • Lighting: Lights is on at all times.
Ramp to toilet. Inside toilet. Toilet basin. Toilet Diagram
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Information collected by: Shire of Kalamunda

Care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information however no guarantee is given that the facility is fully accessible. Please advise the You're Welcome WA coordinator at the Disability Services Commission of any access changes since publication.