Since WJ Macdonnell’s time, astronomy has remained a popular activity for Port Macquarie residents. In 1961–62 the Port Macquarie Observatory, located in Rotary Park near Town Beach, was built by the local Rotary Club. It is home to the Port Macquarie Astronomical Association.
Zoom Port Macquarie Observatory was designed by Albert York, a local retired master builder and architect, to house a 5-inch telescope gifted by a local publican for the purpose of viewing ships at sea. It was officially opened in 1965 by Government Astronomer Harley Wood, director of the Sydney Observatory. Today the association’s members meet regularly to make observations and host viewing nights for the public. Here are some photographs of astronomical events taken by members.