Best Stargazing Spots in Queensland
Have you ever looked up at the night sky? Thanks to light pollution you’re unlikely to see much at all, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening under the stars, or you simply want to show the kids how beautiful the night sky can be, we’ve got your guide to the best stargazing spots in Queensland!
You don’t have to travel for hours into the outback to see the best of the night sky. Simply find higher ground in Brisbane, away from city light pollution. There are plenty of vantage points scattered throughout Brisbane’s suburbs so keep your eye out! Best of all, if you happen to be looking over the city on an overcast night, you can always marvel at the twinkling city lights.
Take your stargazing up a notch and head to Augathella. Located 8 hours North West of Brisbane’s CBD, the town is well away from any major city light pollution. The town is perfect for marvelling at the night sky, whether you have a telescope or not! Don’t forget to keep your eye out for shooting stars and have your wish ready.
Located at the base of the Bunya Mountains, Maidenwell is a very dark town. And at just over two hours West of Brisbane, it’s also much easier to access. You don’t have to worry if you’ve forgotten your telescope either, Maidenwell Astronomical Observatory is the state’s largest self-funded observatory. Take a tour of the building and use their facilities to spot distant galaxies, far, far away.
Looking for a weekend getaway beneath the stars? Just over two hours from Brisbane is Leyburn, a town that is said to be home to some of the best astronomical activity in the state. Lay beneath the stars and watch as space puts on a show. You’ll be oo-ing and ah-ing all night long!
Head to the outback in the South West region of the state and visit Charleville. The town is home to a very small population and the ground is flat, making it the perfect stargazing experience. If you want to know more about what you’re looking at, or see more than your eyes alone will allow you to, visit the local Charleville Cosmo Centre and Observatory.
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