By Clair Morton
Last updated on: September 21, 2018 at 11:06 am
When it comes to our night sky, Australia really is the lucky country – so much so that it’s something we usually take for granted. But just one clear night away from the stobie poles and city lights will be enough to make you appreciate it again.
Here are some of our favourite places to see the stars, from the suburbs of Adelaide to the outback:
Innes National Park
Twinkling bright and beautiful, the stars in Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula have to be seen to be believed. Best of all, it’s pretty easy to roll out a swag and fall asleep under a blanket of stars here – there are a number of designated camp sites scattered throughout the national park. Just be sure to book well in advance if you plan to go during school holidays.
Ever looked skyward and thought to yourself, ‘I didn’t know that many stars existed’? It doesn’t really matter if you have, because you’ll be saying it again if you spend a night camping in the Flinders Ranges.
The flat plains around Wilpena Pound make it seem like the stars stretch on forever. For those who like a bit more comfort, Rawnsley Park Station’s eco-villas boast a retractable roof over the bed, which peels back to reveal the night sky. More enthusiastic astronomers should venture to the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, which offers guided tours of the sky with the help of their 3 professionally equipped observatories. RAA members save 10% on accommodation at both Arkaroola and Rawnsley Park.