The Heights Observatory

COVID-19 Update: All in-person Public Viewing Nights remain suspended until further notice.

General Information

The Heights Observatory is a joint facility operated with The Heights School. The facility is located in metropolitan Adelaide, approximately 15km north-east of the city and is used primarily by school students to gain hands-on experience with their Astronomy studies and to show the public the night sky. 


The Heights Observatory consists of two observatory buildings. 

  • The Papaelia Observatory is a traditional domed observatory housing a 14-inch f/10 Meade LX200 GPS ACF Schmidt Cassegrain telescope.
  • The Ingham Family Rooms is a roll-off roof building that doubles as a classroom for students studying astronomy. It contains a superior quality 12.5" Ritchey-Chrétien Cassegrain telescope from Optical Guidance Systems on a Losmandy HGM 200 mount. 

In addition to the permanent observatory buildings, The Heights Observatory also has a large portable 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope, a 10-inch Dobsonian and a variety of other visual and imaging equipment. 

Public Viewing Nights 

The Society holds public viewing nights at The Heights Observatory during the summer months. There is no need to book - just turn up on the night at the advertised starting time (8:00pm, or 8:30pm during daylight savings). 

There are no upcoming events.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all viewing nights at The Heights Observatory are cancelled until further notice. 

The following admission fees are charged at public viewing nights: 

Adults: $10
Children under 15:  $3
Members: Free*

* Members should ensure they are wearing their name badge so that they are not charged for admission. 

Viewing nights will only proceed if the weather and the ground conditions are suitable. Always confirm by visiting our web site or Facebook page before travelling to any observing session. If the event does not proceed, a cancellation message will be posted after 6pm on the night. 

Getting to The Heights Observatory 

The Heights Observatory is located in the grounds of The Heights School at Modbury Heights. Enter via the driveway on Augustus Street and park adjacent to the oval. 


Private Bookings 

The Heights Observatory may be booked for private viewings by community groups, e.g. Rotary Clubs, Scouts, staff clubs, other schools or even couples wanting to see the star that they've just named after someone special. 

Photographers can also hire the facility to capture telescopic views of the Moon or other celestial objects with assistance from Observatory members. 

To arrange a booking, please contact The Heights School on 8263 6244.