Did you know that the River Murray International Dark Sky Region is Australia’s first dark sky reserve? It’s as big as Metropolitan Adelaide with experiences as close as 90-minutes from town.
If you’re keen to get a gander with a galactic guide, check out these brilliant Mid Murray experiences below.
BIG BEND BY NIGHT
On the hour-long Nocturnal Tour see the Milky Way as you’ve never seen it. Or, camp up at the Dark Sky Viewing and an Overnight Viewing Experience with bush breakfast a cart ride from camp (BYO swag).
Sheep shearing demonstration at Big Bend by night. The popular family attraction introduces star watching tours to its repertoire.
PS MARION DARK SKY TOUR, MARCH 2021
March next year, the PS Marion will welcome guests aboard a special four day Dark Sky tour taking in spectacular Big Bend.
On a calming four-day river amble, learn about the night sky from experts at a luxury retreat in Walker Flat, take in the night sky at Big Bend then enjoy an evening bushwalk at the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Site.
Mid Murray Landcare SA provides a beautiful space to enjoy the evening sky at Meldanda. Guests can explore the botanic gardens in Cambrai by day for free or a small charge overnight, but you’ll need to cross a river to reach it.
For fuss-free access under, guests can access Meldanda via privately-operated tours.
JUGGLE HOUSE TOURS
Juggle House Experiences provides two outstanding guided tours unlocking secrets to the region’s dark sky.
In the Dark Sky Silver Experience, guests are chauffeured to Meldanda in a luxury vehicle—bubbly in hand—for cheese and dips under the stars.
Here, knowledgable night sky guides will share photographic tips and allow guests access to a computerised telescope.
The Gold Stars Sunset Dinner + Platinum tour is seven hour chauffeur driven experience. Dine in at Swan River Hotel, tour the Ngaut Ngaut rock shelter and marvel at Big Bend Cliffs.
Enjoy access to telescopes, complementary glass of bubbly, a cheese platter and nibbles, photo tips and knowledgeable guides.
DAVE HARTLEY NIGHT TIME PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS, DEPARTING MANNUM MOTEL
Find the photogenic destinations and gain sharp-shooting tips with Dave Hartley Photography, departing from the Magnum Motel, a little over an hour from Adelaide.
OTHER GREAT TOURING IDEAS
While you’re in region, why not check out stunning restorations at Lock 1 Blanchetown and gorgeous township of Nildottie?
- HPD chats Chris Tugwell, who kicked off the classification process for the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve