Australia's leading observatories for radio astronomy are used by astronomers from around the world, 24 hours a day, every day, to learn about our Universe.
The Australia Telescope National Facility is one of the world's most advanced radio astronomy facilities, and the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
Australia Telescope Compact Array
The Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), at the Paul Wild Observatory, is an array of six 22-m antennas used for radio astronomy. It is located about 25 km west of the town of Narrabri in rural NSW (about 500 km north-west of Sydney).
About Australia Telescope Compact Array
Made up of six identical antennas, the Australia Telescope Compact Array is used by astronomers to study the structure and evolution of our Universe.
Compact Array Visitors Centre
A visit to our Australia Telescope Compact Array is a highlight of any trip to the north-west region of New South Wales.
Named after a nearby rock formation, Mopra radio telescope is helping us to learn about the structure of galaxies and how stars form.
Parkes radio telescope
Parkes Observatory, just outside the central-west NSW town of Parkes, hosts the 64-metre Parkes radio telescope, one of the telescopes comprising CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility.
Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre
Whether you're travelling with your family, school or a tourist group, our Parkes radio telescope is a great place to visit.
About Parkes radio telescope
Our Parkes radio telescope has been in operation for more than 50 years. Thanks to regular upgrades, it continues to be at the forefront of discovery.