Visitors Guide to the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory Support Facility



The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory Support Facility (MSF) is located in Geraldton, Western Australia. It is operated by CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) to support the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO).

Geraldton is located approximately 420 kilometres (approx 5.5 hrs drive) north of Perth on the Brand Highway. Alternatively, SkyWest Airlines fly into Geraldton Airport from Perth multiple times daily, the flight time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Geraldton is located on the south west coast of Western Australia at Latitude 28.8°S and a Longitude 114.6° E. It has a population of 27,420. It is the fourth largest city in Western Australia.

Geraldton is one of Western Australia's popular tourist destinations due to its high annual average of warm sunny days (it is known as Sun City) and its idyllic beach and coastal location. Geraldton is an important centre for mining, fishing, farming and tourism.

Directions to the MSF

As of March 2013, the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory Support Facility (MSF) is located within the Geraldton Universities Centre complex, at 33 Onslow Street, Geraldton. Location on Google Maps.

  • The nearest cross street is Shenton Street, which intersects the Brand Highway and Cathedral Avenue.
  • Follow the signs towards the Regional Hospital.
  • Turn between the Lighthouse Church and the Geraldton Regional Hospital.
  • The MSF is next door to the Geraldton University Centre.

Site Information

All visitors to the MSF are required to sign in at the CSIRO MSF Reception Desk. Operating hours for this facility are strictly between 08:00 and 17:00.

Contacting the MSF

Contact telephone numbers for the MSF

. AWST is UTC+8hrs. AEST is UTC+10hrs.

Role Location Number Hours
Admin Officer / Reception MSF, Geraldton +61 08 9923 7700 08:30 - 16:30 AWST