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Aboriginal Astronomy


Gravity Discovery Centre

Join Indigenous elder, Dr Noel Nannup for an Aboriginal Astronomy session at the Gravity Discovery Centre just north of Perth in Western Australia. Aboriginal people are often credited with being the world’s first astronomers, developing a number of practical ways to observe the Sun, Moon and stars. Observing and interpreting the cosmos is a significant part of most Aboriginal language groups and has been used for navigation, calendars, ceremony, predicting weather, cultural lore, song-lines and art for thousands of years.

During this experience you will sit with Dr Noel Nannup and learn about the Aboriginal dreamtime stories of creation. Enjoy a guided outside laser tour to see a range of interesting targets in the night sky and look through our large telescopes in the observatory at the wonders of our universe.

Insights into your experience

The two hour Aboriginal Astronomy session begins with a 30-40 minute storytelling session with highly respected Aboriginal Elder, Dr Noel Nannup.

Following the storytelling, our Astronomers together with Noel will show you the night sky with an outside laser tour, pointing out interesting targets from both Western Science and Aboriginal perspectives.

Finally there is plenty of time left to look through the telescopes, including the 25” ‘Brodie Hall” telescope.

This is an awe inspiring experience, reminding us of how small we really are in the universe.


Aboriginal guide

You should bring

Water bottle

Things to know

Aboriginal Astronomy is a 2 hour experience run in the evening throughout the year on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Gravity Discovery Centre is located approximately one hour drive from Perth.


Adult $48.00AUD

Child (5 - 15 years) $30.00AUD

Concessions $42.00AUD

Family (2A + 2C) $130.00AUD

Family (2A + 1C) $102.00AUD

Cost includes:

  • The full 2 hour experience

*Dinner can be included at own expense and booked online.

Planning for your trip 

  • Guests should wear warm clothing and flat shoes
  • Tour includes walking and standing for short periods of time

Meeting point

Gravity Discovery Centre - Reception area. 1098 Military Road, Yeal, Western Australia. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time.


Gravity Discovery Centre.1098 Military Road, Yeal, Western Australia.

80 kms North from Perth CBD and half way between Two Rocks and Gingin. This trip takes approx 1 hour from Perth.

Ready for an experience you won’t forget?

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