Campbelltown Rotary Observatory is owned by Western Sydney University and is located in the appropriately named Milky Way, behind the University in the new residential suburb of Macarthur Heights.
It was founded by its Director, Dr Ragbir Bhathal and was constructed with considerable support from Campbelltown Rotary and other organisations. It was originally opened on 15th July 2000.
In 2013, the Observatory was temporarily closed while the hill it was then situated on was bulldozed to make way for the new housing estate.
In 2015 it was reopened about 150 metres away from its original location. It is now closer to the University and is a stunning visual feature at Macarthur Heights.
Public observing sessions are conducted over the winter period each year, in collaboration with Macarthur Astronomical Society. For details go the Macarthur Astronomical Society website.
The Original Observatory Location:
Here is where the observatory was between 2000 and 2013 (left), compared with its current location (right). Of course, the roads did not exist then:
This is what the since bulldozed hilltop looked like then:
EDIT (1st July 2019):
Added two additional images of the Observatory at its old location – plus weblinks and two relevant historical documents:
I published two different sets of images about the Observatory on my sister website, Focused on Campelltown. They are:
The Original Observatory
The Relocated Observatory
UWS Rotary Observatory Opening – Programme
UWS Rotary Observatory Specification – circa 2000
Campbelltown Rotary Observatory Official Page
Campbelltown Rotary Observatory – Wikipedia:
All photographic images © R.Powell