Stargazing

It is a factor of human nature to want to make sense of the awe above us. For millennia, humans have used planets, stars, constellations and other night-sky phenomena for a multitude of purposes. All over the world we find people and cultures whose stories are anchored in this vast, mesmerising canopy.

Australia's vastness, much of it barely populated and untainted by light and air pollution, provides some of the most exceptional celestial clarity experienced by stargazers past and present.

Australia's first astronomers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long used their understanding of Dark Sky Country to tell the time of year, to navigate across the land and through unknown seas, to know when to find food, to teach appropriate behaviour, and to explain why things are as they are today. There is striking similarity in the way different human cultures throughout history have decoded the constellations - ancient stories, with parallels common to many places on earth.

'Dark Sky Tourism' or 'Astrotourism' is an emerging worldwide trend. The regional and remote locations of the luxury lodges are some of the most magnificent places from which to observe the Milky Way in Australia. After the sun has sunk below the horizon, conversation is gently hushed by deepening darkness, the night sky stages a meeting place poised for storytelling, sharing, dreaming.

 

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Stargazing Experiences

As the sky darkens to a deep indigo and the last rays of sun slip beyond the horizon, the night … More »

As the sky darkens to a deep indigo and the last rays of sun slip … More »

As the sky darkens to a deep indigo and the last rays of sun slip beyond the horizon, the night sky at Mount Mulligan is lit by thousands of stars. More »

Experience the Milky Way under a dark sky free of city light pollution. More »

Experience the Milky Way under a dark sky free of city light pollution. More »

Experience the Milky Way under a dark sky free of city light pollution. More »

Embrace your inner explorer and ‘Heli Hike’ along the spine of Arkaba's very own rainbow-hued Elder Range. More »

Embrace your inner explorer and ‘Heli Hike’ along the spine of Arkaba's very own rainbow-hued … More »

Embrace your inner explorer and ‘Heli Hike’ along the spine of Arkaba's very own rainbow-hued Elder Range. More »

Explore the magnificent nocturnal world of the Blue Mountains, where the native wildlife is most active and the stars shine … More »

Explore the magnificent nocturnal world of the Blue Mountains, where the native wildlife is most … More »

Explore the magnificent nocturnal world of the Blue Mountains, where the native wildlife is most active and the stars shine brightly. More »

The remoteness of the outback frontier provides some of the most spectacular stargazing in Australia. More »

The remoteness of the outback frontier provides some of the most spectacular stargazing in Australia. More »

The remoteness of the outback frontier provides some of the most spectacular stargazing in Australia. More »

Sal Salis is located in a designated Dark Sky area where uninterrupted views of the milky way will astound you. More »

Sal Salis is located in a designated Dark Sky area where uninterrupted views of the … More »

Sal Salis is located in a designated Dark Sky area where uninterrupted views of the milky way will astound you. More »

Wolgan Valley's stargazing tour offers a chance to experience a spectacular night sky, providing a combination of scientific insights into … More »

Wolgan Valley's stargazing tour offers a chance to experience a spectacular night sky, providing a … More »

Wolgan Valley's stargazing tour offers a chance to experience a spectacular night sky, providing a combination of scientific insights into visible planets, stars and nearest neighbouring galaxies. More »

Southern Ocean Lodge provides guests with a spectacular opportunity to gaze at the southern night sky free of the competing … More »

Southern Ocean Lodge provides guests with a spectacular opportunity to gaze at the southern night … More »

Southern Ocean Lodge provides guests with a spectacular opportunity to gaze at the southern night sky free of the competing lights of cities and towns and pollution. More »

Guests dine outdoors and discover the wonders of the southern night sky at an exclusive venue among the dunes. More »

Guests dine outdoors and discover the wonders of the southern night sky at an exclusive … More »

Guests dine outdoors and discover the wonders of the southern night sky at an exclusive venue among the dunes. More »

Rugged topography provides spectacular panoramic vistas watching the rich red light of dusk against the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound. More »

Rugged topography provides spectacular panoramic vistas watching the rich red light of dusk against the … More »

Rugged topography provides spectacular panoramic vistas watching the rich red light of dusk against the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound. More »

Stroll to the highest point of the Lodge Plateau to enjoy sunset drinks and canapés around the crackling fire pit. More »

Stroll to the highest point of the Lodge Plateau to enjoy sunset drinks and canapés … More »

Stroll to the highest point of the Lodge Plateau to enjoy sunset drinks and canapés around the crackling fire pit. More »

Embrace unparalleled night sky views from the warmth of a luxury swag unfurled in the cool night air. More »

Embrace unparalleled night sky views from the warmth of a luxury swag unfurled in the … More »

Embrace unparalleled night sky views from the warmth of a luxury swag unfurled in the cool night air. More »

Gather around the firepit and relish day's end in a picturesque setting. More »

Gather around the firepit and relish day's end in a picturesque setting. More »

Gather around the firepit and relish day's end in a picturesque setting. More »

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