In 2016, Warrumbungle National Park was the very first park in Australia to be designated as an International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) by the International Dark-Sky Association.
The park is a six-hour drive from Sydney, and is perfect for taking in the stars above, whether you’re an amateur astronomer or a long- time stargazer.
Adjacent to the park, in Coonabarabran, the astronomy capital of Australia, you’ll find the world’s largest virtual solar system drive. The drive takes you through the solar system, with billboards along the way featuring 3D planets, teaching you fascinating facts about the universe.
Eventually, you will come to Australia’s largest optical astronomy centre, the Siding Spring Observatory. Take this chance to learn your astronomy basics so that you can pull them out later when you’re around the camp fire!
Take in the spectacular views of Warrumbungle National Park’s volcanic landscape from the Whitegum lookout. The 500- metre walk to the lookout is wheelchair-accessible and easy for kids to conquer, as well. There are plenty of picnic tables around, so pack a few snacks to enjoy while you take in the view – sunsets are particularly breathtaking from up here.