Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium


Residents and visitors looking for something a little different on a Friday night should drop into Brisbane City Council’s Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium at Mt Coot-tha to enjoy some intergalactic entertainment.

With 14 shows to enjoy in the venue’s Cosmic Skydome, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to leisure opportunities.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Mt Coot-tha

General audience shows

•    Back to the Moon for Good
•    Bella Gaia
•    Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown
•    Capturing the Cosmos
•    Cosmic Collisions
•    Dark Universe
•    Moons: Worlds of Mystery
•    Saturday Night ‘Live’
•    Starlight
•    We Are Aliens!

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Mt Coot-tha

School holiday shows perfect for children

•    Perfect Little Planet
•    Tycho to the Moon
•    Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
•    Secret of the Dragon

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Mt Coot-tha

Planetarium attractions

As well as the Cosmic Skydome, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium has many other attractions to engage, entertain and educate visitors, including:

•    Display Zone
•    Mini Theatre
•    Observatory (not available during summer)
•    Galaxy Gift Shop
•    Sundial Courtyard

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Mt Coot-tha

Display Zone

The Display Zone includes two fascinating exhibit areas in the foyer and the gallery.

The foyer features artefacts and displays including fragments of asteroids, spacecraft models and an exact replica of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo spacesuit. You can also check out the old Zeiss star projector, retired from the Skydome in 2010.

The gallery leads you through the Solar System, past star formations in the Milky Way, to other galaxies and the Big Bang. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope and major observatories provide detailed views of many wonders of the Universe.

A section on the history of astronomy compares modern telescopes with ancient instruments such as stone circles and astrolabes.

The gallery also includes an interactive display, allowing you to explore the Milky Way and the Moon’s cratered surface, and learn about astronomical history and technology.

Mini Theatre

The Mini Theatre provides short feature shows on various astronomical topics and space missions. Screenings are updated frequently and admission is free.

Galaxy Gift Shop

The Planetarium’s Galaxy Gift Shop stocks a wide range of astronomy and general science merchandise including star charts, project kits, books, spacecraft models, fossils, souvenirs and novelty items. Teacher discounts apply to educational items.

Sundial Courtyard

Located on the eastern side of the Planetarium, the Sundial Courtyard features a giant concrete, steel and glass sundial, which is used to tell the time when the Sun is shining and is accurate to within 10 minutes. The Sundial Courtyard is a great spot to sit, relax and take in the surrounds.


The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium was established in 1978 by Brisbane City Council. Located within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, the Planetarium is home of the Cosmic Skydome, a 12.5-metre-diameter projection dome. Make sure you keep an eye out for activities in 2018 to celebrate the Planetarium turning 40!


The Planetarium is definitely a ‘must do’ in Brisbane, with more than 140,000 people visiting annually and 22,730 visiting during the last summer holidays school holidays.


Single admission prices:
•    Adults $15.80
•    Children (3-14 years) $9.60
•    Concession card holders $13

Group admission prices:
•    Family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) $43 per family
•    Groups of adults (10 or more) $13.30 each*
•    Group of children (10 or more 3-14 years) $8.80 each*
*single payment is required for whole group

Three-show pass prices:
•    adults: $36
•    children (3-14 years): $22.
Three-show pass tickets are transferable and valid for one year, but can only be used to admit one individual per show. Bookings are required.

Secret of the Dragon prices (showing during Queensland school holidays only):
•    Adults/children: $8.00
•    Group: $7.00


Bookings are recommended for all shows so be sure to get in early and call the Booking Office on (07) 3403 2578.

Need to know -  For more information about what’s on at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium  visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Brisbane City Council is a valued partner of Must Do

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Mt Coot-tha Rd


Opening hours

3403 2578


Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Brisbane’s best local independent makers and their handmade goods
For lovers of the strange, unusual and bizarre
Christmas Lights are back at Government House this year
Be transported to Spain with this vibrant & passionate performance
A brand new, unique, and immersive holiday experience
Westfield Chermside's dining precinct will transform into a festive wonderland
A special, sparkling edition of Vintopia
Get immersed in the enchanting sounds of the season
Enter a world of glamour, entertainment & sheer delight

Christmas Gift Guide 2023

When it comes to finding unique Christmas gifts, this guide has it covered, from personalised plates and must-do experiences to tickets to must-see shows
Christmas Gift Guide 2023

The Pink Flamingo Spiegeland

Get ready to be swept away into a Las-Vegas style world of glamour, entertainment, and sheer delight in this Brisbane first
The Pink Flamingo Spiegeland

Christmas on Eat Street

Eat Street Northshore is getting into the spirit of Christmas this month with heaps of fun for the entire family
Christmas On Eat Street

Christmas Decorations 50% Off!

This is the sale you have been waiting for! Massive savings on all Christmas decorations, trees, wreaths, garlands, lights, table decor, gift wrap, bon bons & more
Christmas Decorations Brisbane

City of Logan Christmas Carols

Get into the festive spirit at the City of Logan Christmas Carols, and celebrate the magic and joy of the holiday season
City of Logan Christmas Carols

Top Things to Do Dec 8-10

From Christmas at South Bank, twilight Xmas markets, opera and a curiosity expo to a new bakery cafe, the top things to do around Brisbane this weekend
This Weekend Dec 8-10

What's on in December in & around Brisbane

From concerts, Christmas shows and markets to festive dining and blockbuster summer exhibitions, what's on in December 2023 in and around Brisbane
What's On in December 2023 around Brisbane

Greek Islands on the Terrace

An iconic southside pub has gone Greek! Escape from reality and unwind with friends on the terrace with tasty Greek bites and Mediterranean-inspired cocktails. Opa!
Greek Islands on the Terrace

December School Holiday Guide

Looking for fun things to do with the kids this December? From Christmas putt putt and nocturnal wildlife tours to fantastic kids shows & activities
December School Holiday Guide 2023

Government House Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights are back on at Government House with a spectacular display that is open to the public nightly for free
Government House Christmas Lights

The Brooklet

Experience the ultimate in luxury at the newest boutique accommodation in the Byron Bay Hinterland
The Brooklet

Christmas Putt Putt

Get into the festive spirit with the whole family at Victoria Park's special Christmas-themed Putt Putt course
Christmas Putt Putt

The Sleeping Beauty

Enter the magical world of Ballet Theatre Queensland’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty in January
The Sleeping Beauty
Be transported to Spain for a night