The Wappa Falls Observatory

Last year the Maleny Visitor Information Centre’s web team promoted the Mapleton Observatory.  This year we wish to tell you about the  Wappa Falls Observatory near Yandina on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland (191 Wappa Falls Road).

This observatory has sixteen (16) telescopes, ranging in size and is one of Queensland’s leading private observatories.

The shows are humorous, fun and informative to suit all ages and can also cater for special needs groups.  The grounds are in a quiet and dark bushland setting.  With over fifty (50) years of experience in astronomy, the observatory has been open for over twenty-seven (27) years.

They also can provide a mobile show which can be taken on the road to schools, camps and other events. They include telescopes, displays, slideshows and more.

The night time show has many activities including viewing through telescopes, a sky tour, an indoor display, a talk and a slideshow.  Even if there are clouds or rain, there is still a lot to do and see.

The day time shows have plenty of things to do as well such as the ten (10) telescopes equipped for safely viewing the sun with 6 different filtering systems (please do not do this without the proper equipment as you could hurt your eyes.

There are 21 online reviews with 82% showing Excellent / Very Good whilst 18% were not keen.  For more information – telephone 07 5446 7944.



Natural History Sketch Journey

Natural History Sketch Journey

Keeping a Natural History Sketch Journey to carry in the field – Workshop.
Saturday 18th of March, from 1pm till 3pm.

Reconnect with nature through sketching and writing with these simple methods for capturing the living beauty of each season. Be guided by local artist Robyn Graham to create a practical record of your nature travels and local area. Beginners to drawing welcome.

Presenter :Robyn Graham

Venue: Forest Heart Nursery, 20 Coral Street, Maleny

Cost: $30/person  – includes afternoon tea

Participants need to bring: A5 spiral bound sketch journal, graphite pencils (2H, HB, 2B), soft white eraser

Click here to download the flier.

For more information, click here to go to the featured website.

The Mapleton Observatory

Mapleton Observatory

The Mapleton Observatory at the Mapleton School on Flaxton Drive.  Our experience varies from months to donkey’s years, and we have a couple of people who are taking college degrees in this subject. The one thing we all have in common is passion!  For bookings and/or enquiries about the Mapleton Observatory, please contact Lainie – telephone 07-54761183 – email

About the Mapleton Observatory Mapleton Observatory website

We hold one OPEN NIGHT each month (check their website for the next open night). There is no need to book for this night – just turn up.

Open nights start at sunset and run for a couple of hours, all for the modest cost of $5 each or $15 for a family.

We also are open for bookings. This can be for one, or for a group of 20. The fee structure is $5 per head with a minimum fee of $50. School groups are $4 a head.

The difference between open nights and booked nights is that on open nights you may only get to see a couple of night sky objects.