Mawson Lakes Observing Site

General Information

ASSA holds public viewing/stargazing nights at various observing sites throughout the year.

The University of South Australia (UniSA) campus at Mawson Lakes (about 15km north of the Adelaide city centre) is the location of one of ASSA's Northern Metro observing sites.

The Mawson Lakes observing site is located on a large lawn about 100 metres north of the Adelaide Planetarium. ASSA will commence holding public viewing/stargazing nights at this site in October 2022.


No telescopes are permanently housed at the Mawson Lakes observing site. Instead, ASSA volunteers bring along several visual and electronic imaging telescopes for members of the public to view astronomical objects in the night sky.

Tickets & Fees 

Ticket numbers are limited and are only released once the event is confirmed. Tickets for viewing/stargazing nights and other ASSA events can only be purchased from Eventbrite.

The current fees for metropolitan public viewing/stargazing nights are: 

Adults: $10
Children aged 5 to 15:  $  3
Children under 5 years:  Free
ASSA Members*: Free


* Only pre-approved members with a current Working With Children certificate volunteer at public events. All members must sign-in and provide their membership number upon arrival.

Weather Conditions 

Public viewing/stargazing nights will only proceed if the weather and ground conditions are suitable. Ticket holders will be sent an Eventbrite cancellation message if the event is cancelled. A cancellation message will also be posted on the ASSA website at noon on the same day.

Upcoming Public Viewing/Stargazing Events

The dates for upcoming public viewing/stargazing nights are: 

There are currently no scheduled upcoming events.

Getting to the Mawson Lakes Observing Site (UniSA)

The Mawson Lakes observing site is located on the grounds of The University of South Australia at Mawson Lakes. First find your way to the building housing the Adelaide Planetarium. The observing site is located on the large lawn approx 100 metres directly north of the planetarium building. Parking is readily available in nearby car parks.