Gain Stargazing Insights with Donna the Astronomer…an Outback Legend

With current technology, you could hurtle through space to our nearest star, Alpha Centauri, in a mere 162,671 years.

Or, you can spend an evening on a guided tour to the Centaurus Constellation, where Alpha lives, from the comfort of the Milroy Observatory, Coonabarabran. At the observatory, you’ll be in the safe celestial hands of two-time comet discoverer Donna the Astronomer, a university qualified stargazer with insights into the cosmos that few in the outback possess.

In fact, Donna is the only astronomer featured in RM Williams 20 Great Outback Australians. If that’s not enough, she has is a PhD candidate in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Yep, chances are, Donna can answer any starry-eyed question you can dream up.

But go on… dream big and try to stump her.

Donna the Astronomer’s Unrivalled Qualifications & Experience

Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the King’s Birthday Honours List

PhD candidate in Astronomy & Astrophysics

Other Degree in Science & Computing

Discovered two comets (One wasn’t enough!)

Over 30 years in the field

Taught many students

National co-ordinator for Astronomers without Borders







Don’t be in the dark about what’s up in the night sky

What our visitors say…

  • star rating  Donna was super knowledgeable, we were lucky to arrive on Green comet night. Super set up and Donna sent through some pictures via email after the evening

    Nicole C
    April 16, 2023

    star rating  Very interesting and informative host - Brad was an excellent source of information and the only disappointment was the full moon which provided a very bright night sky! Looked great but not for stargazing!!

    Les R
    April 10, 2023

    star rating  Starry eyed fun for all ages ? - A fun and informative night. Thank you Donna, Kyle and Gary for sharing your passion with us. We can’t wait to return when the big telescope is up and running.... read more

    March 31, 2023
  • star rating  See it with your own eyes! - After seeing the professional telescopes at Siding Springs (in the daytime), or visiting the Warrumbungles National Park, a visit to Milroy Observatory is highly recommended. Donna is a knowledgeable guide... read more

    March 6, 2023

    star rating  Star gazing - A great way to learn about and see the stars. Would definitely recommend a visit as it is a great place to see the stars in the sky. Loved Donna’s... read more

    March 3, 2023

    star rating  Breathtaking Magic. - Our experience at Milroy Observatory was amazing. Kyle, our intrepid guide was fanatic. Knowledge, friendly and helpful. We had wonderful weather, a clear night, and the... read more

    lenise w
    February 28, 2023