CSIRO is excited to host the first-ever Open Day tours of the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). Buses will depart from Geraldton and the Murchison Settlement on Friday 5, and Saturday 6, October 2018 and everyone's welcome!

All you need to do is choose one of the dates and book your ticket to visit Australia's premier radio astronomy facility - situated about 350km north-east of Geraldton, Western Australia.

Tour highlights will include CSIRO's 36-dish radio telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), the Curtin-led Murchison Widefield Array and the high-tech signal processing equipment, tucked away in our purpose-built control building!

Bookings are open now and seats are limited. Please note, site access is strictly limited to pre-booked bus ticket-holders only.

It's a big day out, so we recommend reading through the event details below.

Due to the remote location of the MRO, here's some important Open Day event information:

  • Travel time for buses departing Geraldton – we estimate the round-trip will take 14+hrs
  • Travel time for buses departing Murchison Settlement – we estimate the round-trip will take 7+hrs
  • This event is unsuitable for young children due to the long travel time.
  • There is limited access to facilities, including medical.
  • There are no shops on-site or nearby.
  • The MRO Open Day bus tour may not be suitable for visitors with limited mobility or some medical issues.

If you would like more information, please call Rochelle Desmond at CSIRO 08 9923 7700.


The itinerary includes:

  • Return bus tour to the MRO from either:
    • Geraldton – departing at 6:00am and returning at approximately 8:15pm, or
    • Murchison settlement – departing at 7:30am and returning at approximately 2:40pm. Visitors choosing the Murchison Settlement option will need to arrange their own transport to the departure point at Murchison Settlement.
      Please note that the Murchison Settlement bus is subject to sufficient demand for seats.
  • A tour guide will travel with you on the bus, providing information along the way.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent will be provided
  • Once you have arrived on-site, presentations and tours will include:
    • Welcome To Country from Traditional Owners
    • Tour of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Core
    • Inspection of the advanced telescope signal processing equipment in the Control Building
    • Tour of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope
    • See the SKA prototype antennas
    • Inspection of the Experiment to Detect the Global Epoch of Reionization Signature (EDGES) project
    • See the MRO hybrid-renewable off-grid power station
  • Artwork and mementos will be available for purchase
Murchison Radio Observatory Murchison Radio Observatory Murchison Radio Observatory

Group attendance

Our ticketing system on this web page is limited to single ticket purchases only.

If you'd like to join the tour with friends or make a group or family booking, requiring more than one ticket, please notify us via email: MROopendays@csiro.au. In the email, please include your first name and surname, contact telephone number, the number of tickets you require, the date on which you would like to attend (5 or 6 Oct) and departure location (Geraldton or Murchison Settlement).

We'll get back to you within two business days to confirm your booking details.

Tickets and event information will be sent in a separate email.


We acknowledge the Wajarri Yamatji as the traditional owners of the MRO site.

Pricing

  • $30

    Registration

Showing 3 of 4 dates for this event.
Dates available from 05 Oct 2018 until 06 Oct 2018

Event date: 05Oct 2018

Friday 5 Oct 2018

Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory Open Day - Geraldton return

Event date: 05Oct 2018

Friday 5 Oct 2018

Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory Open Day - Murchison Settlement return

Event date: 06Oct 2018

Saturday 6 Oct 2018

Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory Open Day - Geraldton return

Event date: 06Oct 2018

Saturday 6 Oct 2018

Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory Open Day - Murchison Settlement return

More information

Cost:

$30.00 per person return.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your ticket, we will refund the purchase price up to 14 days before the event. We will provide a refund after this date if we are able to re-sell your ticket.

A full refund will be given if CSIRO cancels the event for any reason.

MWA | Murchison Widefield Array            SKA | Square Kilometre Array Australia

Science areas:

Event type: Open day or tour