Australia’s Top Stargazing Destinations

No matter where you are in Australia, you will find an unmasked view of the stars just around the corner. Here are some of the country’s top destinations for experiencing unparalleled stargazing.

Uluru, Outback Australia

Thanks to its isolated location in the heart of Australia’s red centre, iconic Uluru is a prime position for stargazing in a truly unique setting and should be at the top of every bucket list. The skies in the outback of Australia are completely untainted by light pollution meaning you can sit outside your camper of a night with an unobstructed view of the stars. Keep your eyes peeled for the Magellanic clouds and the famous Southern Cross Constellation.

Sydney Observatory, New South Wales

A night visit to the Sydney Observatory will open your eyes to a world you have never seen before in such detail. Expert astronomers will make sure you learn all there is to know about the constellations and planets. The charming building housing the observatory is in a prime position at The Rocks with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Narawntapu National Park, Tasmania

An impressive 40% of Tasmania is protected in reserves and national parks meaning it is the ultimate travel destinations for stargazing. Have your camera ready to capture a prime Milky Way appearance. As you sit outside of your motorhome, Tasmania’s nocturnal wildlife will fossick around you making for a unique Tasmanian encounter.

Exmouth, Western Australia

Located 14 hours outside of the capital of Perth, Exmouth is well and truly clear of any light pollution. Pull out your camp table and chairs and enjoy a spectacular viewing position just outside of your camper on the coast. If you’re feeling adventurous, lie on the beach for a while and see if you can differentiate the planets from the stars.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

If you’re visiting Queensland, the newly renovated Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is a great place to admire the stars. It is located at the
the entrance to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the popular vantage point of Mount Coot-tha. This observatory is the largest in Australia
and has a variety of telescopes giving you the opportunity to see what the bare eye cannot.

Cradle Mountain Tasmania

The dark silhouette of Cradle Mountain in Tasmania against the starry night sky is truly a sight like no other. For a once in a lifetime view, visit on a night when the Aurora Australis, or southern lights, are on full display. The purples and greens that take-over the sky make for an
award-winning photograph.