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Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Take a cosmic adventure with an enormous star projector, real artifacts from space missions and an observatory housed in Brisbane’s first planetarium.

Go on a virtual space journey and explore the cosmos at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Bring the kids to learn about the constellations or engage with the history of space and astronomy.

The planetarium was established in 1978 and named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, who did the first comprehensive mapping of the Southern Sky.

Start your visit with the pride and joy of the Planetarium, its first-rate Cosmic Skydome. This innovative dome screen recreates a spectacular view of the night sky. Sit back and enjoy a variety of shows, which explore the different constellations of ancient cultures, black holes and the mysteries of space.

Head to the Display zone where you’ll find spacecraft models and artifacts from real space missions. Look for the replica of Neil Armstrong’s space suit and breathtaking images from the Hubble telescope. 

Entertain the kids at the Mini Theatre, which shows informative films on the history of space missions and scientific mysteries. On your way out, browse the Galaxy gift shop for science and astronomy themed merchandise, including spaceship models and books. 

On clear Saturday nights, head to the Planetarium’s observatory for the chance to explore the real night sky. Situated at the base of Mount Coot-tha, in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens complex, the light pollution is at a lower level here than in the inner city. A powerful telescope allows you to see stars and constellations up close. Note that the telescope eyepiece only caters for those above 5 foot (150 centimeters).

The Planetarium is open every day except Monday and public holidays. It stays open until the early evenings on Saturdays. The Planetarium is free to enter, but there is a fee for shows, with discounts for children. The easiest way to get there is by bus from central Brisbane. If you are driving, parking on-site is free. Make a day of it by exploring the Botanic Gardens and then hike or drive to the Mount Coot-tha lookout for city views at sunset.


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Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites AU$123
Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites

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128 Charlotte St, Brisbane, QLD
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of St. Stephens Cathedral, MacArthur Museum Brisbane and Queen Street Mall. Brisbane Riverside Markets and Eagle Street Pier are also within 10 minutes. Brisbane Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Brisbane Roma Street Station is 14 minutes.

    Classic Queenslander ~ 2 Bed / 2 Bath / 2 Car / Pool ~ Toowong AU$266
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    43 Frederick St, Brisbane, QLD
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Toowong, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and The Wesley Hospital. XXXX Brewery and South Bank Parklands are also within 3 miles (5 km). Brisbane Auchenflower Station is 19 minutes by foot and Brisbane Toowong Station is 20 minutes.

      Stamford Plaza Brisbane AU$151
      Stamford Plaza Brisbane

      Stamford Plaza Brisbane

      Corner of Margaret & Edward Streets, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Eagle Street Pier. Queen Street Mall and Museum of Brisbane are also within 15 minutes. Brisbane Central Station is 10 minutes by foot and Brisbane Roma Street Station is 18 minutes.

        The Milton Brisbane AU$144
        The Milton Brisbane

        The Milton Brisbane

        55 Railway Terrace, Milton, QLD
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Milton, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Castlemaine Perkins Brewery, Old Bishopsbourne and XXXX Brewery. Frew Park and The Barracks are also within 15 minutes. Brisbane Milton Station is only a 4-minute walk and Brisbane Auchenflower Station is 15 minutes.

          Tallywood 4 Bedroom
          Tallywood 4 Bedroom

          Tallywood 4 Bedroom

          44 Sleath Street, Auchenflower, QLD
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Auchenflower, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and The Wesley Hospital. XXXX Brewery and Suncorp Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Brisbane Auchenflower Station is 14 minutes by foot and Brisbane Toowong Station is 23 minutes.

            Tallywood 2 Bedroom
            Tallywood 2 Bedroom

            Tallywood 2 Bedroom

            44 Sleath Street, Auchenflower, QLD
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Tallywood Hacienda

              44 Sleath Street, Auchenflower, QLD
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Auchenflower, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and The Wesley Hospital. XXXX Brewery and Suncorp Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Brisbane Auchenflower Station is 14 minutes by foot and Brisbane Toowong Station is 23 minutes.

                Milton Mews - Townhouses
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                Milton Mews - Townhouses

                101 Gregory Street, Auchenflower, QLD
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Auchenflower, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Toowong Village and The Wesley Hospital. XXXX Brewery and South Bank Parklands are also within 3 miles (5 km). Brisbane Auchenflower Station is 14 minutes by foot and Brisbane Toowong Station is 22 minutes.