Strap on your seatbelts and launch into Coonabarabran, The Astronomy Capital of Australia. Experience a scaled model of our Solar System that's 38 million times smaller than outer space!
See three-dimensional planet models along the way as you shuttle from Pluto at the furthest reaches of the Solar System to the Sun, which is represented by the 37-metre Anglo-Australian Telescope dome at Siding Spring Observatory.
The planets are displayed on huge billboards with the size of the planets and the distance between each billboard scaled relative to the dome – the Sun - along the five main roads that lead to Coonabarabran in regional NSW. You can also learn interesting facts about the Solar System and the unique features of each planet – did you know that it rains sulphuric acid on Venus?
Siding Spring Observatory is Australia’s largest optical astronomy research facility and is situated 28 kilometres west of Coonabarabran, in the spectacular Warrumbungle Ranges. Coonabarabran is approximately 5 ½ hours north-west of Sydney, in the picturesque region of Central NSWThere are 24 planets located at Visitor Information Centres and on roadsides between the observatory and the regional NSW towns of Dubbo, Tamworth, Gulgong, Moree and Merriwa to allow visitors to stop and experience all things astronomical (click here for map).
For more information on the Solar System Drive or Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungle Region please contact the Coonabarabran Visitor Information Centre on 1800 242 881.