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Stargazing around Australia

Stargazing around Australia

Top stargazing spots around the nation.

Looking up into the inky night sky and admiring the starry lights of outer space is something that humans have been doing for tens of thousands of years. There’s something special about realising how insignificantly small we are in the grand scheme of the cosmos; or perhaps it’s a connection to our ancestors – knowing they stared up at the same stars we do. Either way, there’s no denying that stargazing is an incredible experience. Don’t know where to start? Here are three of the top stargazing spots in Australia.

Karijini National Park, Western Australia

In Australia’s largest state, there is no shortage of stargazing spots. If you’re prepared to get your boots a little dusty, venture into the outback for some of the clearest night skies in the country. Located 7.5 hours inland from Exmouth in the state’s north, Karijini National Park is an outback oasis that is a mecca for cosmic gazers. The dark skies and the isolated location make Karijini a perfect place to admire the stars with the naked eye. If you’re a stargazing newbie, jump on a stargazing tour with REMTREK to admire the stars and constellations with a telescope, and to learn fun facts about the universe.

Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Much like Western Australia, South Australia’s outback is where the stars shine the brightest. You could really head anywhere in the outback, look up at the sky after sunset, and be treated to a starry display; however, the crowning jewel of it all would have to be in the Flinders Ranges. Arkaroola, in the heart of the South Australian outback and at the tip of the Flinders Ranges, is home to some incredible stargazing opportunities. For a truly one‑of‑a‑kind experience, head to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary – an International Dark Sky Sanctuary – to gaze up at a tapestry of celestial wonders.

Also in the Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound is another great stargazing destination. Located in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Wilpena Pound is an ideal spot for some off-grid camping, where you can fall asleep under the twinkling night sky. Just be sure to rug up, as it can get very cold here at night, especially in winter!

Warrumbungle National Park, New South Wales

Warrumbungle National Park, about 150 kilometres north of Dubbo, is another epic stargazing destination. It is known as Australia’s first Dark Sky Park (not to be confused with a Dark Sky Sanctuary!), and the first in the Southern Hemisphere. The park’s star-spangled skies have been a popular destination for astronomers and amateur stargazers since the 1950s, and there’s a reason for that – the park’s high altitude, low humidity and big distances from city light pollution enable the stars to shine as bright as possible. Beyond the stars, Warrumbungle National Park is also famed for its plentiful hiking opportunities. If you’re keen to lace up your boots and explore the ancient terrain on foot, then Breadknife and Grand High Tops will test your endurance – and will reward you with an epic view at the end!

Pictured: Arkaroola, Flinders Ranges. Image © South Australian Tourism Commission

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