Description

Do you want to see the Rings of the Planet Saturn? This tour includes the use of the latest Astronomy Equipment to help you get the most out of your stargazing experience. We have a powerful computerised telescope and astro binoculars for your use so that you can see the planets and our moon in great detail. There is also the option to attach your smartphone to the telescope to take stunning pictures of the moon.

The Pinnacles Desert is well renowned for it's unique landscape and dark skies. As well as providing equipment for your stargazing experience, you will also get to learn about Aboriginal Astronomy and hear Dreamtime stories of the night sky. The Australian Aborigines are considered to be the world's first astronomers.

The tour runs all year round, the night sky changes throughout the seasons and although it is a bit colder, autumn, winter and spring are some of the best times of the year to see the Milky Way and Planets in the Southern Hemisphere.

While you wait for the stars and planets to appear, enjoy a traditional Australian Barbeque Dinner with a glass of Swan Valley wine as you watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

The tour also includes a stop at Guilderton for a guided bushtucker/bush medicine walk where you can also enjoy a coffee on the banks of the Moore River, a visit to the spectacular sand dunes of Lancelin for sand boarding and a stop at Nilgen Nature reserve to see wildflowers in season.

We specialise in small group tours using our modern luxury Mini Buses which allows us to drive in to the middle of the Pinnacles Desert for your Stargazing Experience. This tour regularly sells out so please book early to avoid missing out.

Points to Note

  • Small group tour (up to 15)
  • Prices from $105 to $145
  • Telescope and Astro Binoculars provided
  • Dinner and glass of wine included
  • Suitable for all ages
Location

Nambung WA, Australia

Highlights

Guilderton

The first stop on your tour is the town of Guilderton which is situated on the last remaining river estuary (Moore River) unspoilt by development. Your guide will take you on a short walk to the lookout overlooking the rivermouth and Indian Ocean. During the walk your guide will be able to show you native plants in the area that were used by the Aborigines for both food and medicine. Guilderton was an important meeting place for the local Aboriginal tribes in the area which belong to the Yued people, a part of the Noongar group of people.

Sand Surfing in Lancelin

Experience the thrill of sand boarding at one of Australia’s premier sand boarding destinations, the Lancelin Sand Dunes. You will be impressed by the pure white sand and be awestruck by the giant sand dunes that can be up to three storeys high. We have our own custom made sand boards for you to use. It is also a great spot for photography.

Nilgen Lookout/Hangover Bay

We now head north along the Indian Ocean Drive to The Nilgen Lookout, a beautiful picnic spot overlooking the surrounding nature reserves and the Indian Ocean. We stop here during wildflower season to do a short walk along the wildflower walking trail. During non wildflower season we stop at Hangover Bay which was another important meeting place for Aboriginal groups. A great place for your guide to show you bush tucker/medicine and we often see seals on the beach and whales offshore.

Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

After visiting the lookout, we head further north to The Pinnacles desert, a very unique Australian landscape. We get there late in the afternoon which is one of the best times to photograph the Pinnacles where the shadows of the Pinnacles create remarkable patterns and shapes that ripple over the desert sands. There are walking trails and an observation deck overlooking the Pinnacles desert. There will be plenty of time to walk through the Pinnacles landscape and we will have a Barbeque dinner on the observation deck under the stars.

Star Gazing

After dinner, it’s now time to slow down and unwind under the stars of the stunning outback night sky. We have a large computerised telescope and Astro Binoculars which will allow you to get a close up view of the stars and some of the planets. You can even attach your smart phone to the telescope to take some stunning photos of the moon when it is visible.
Using a laser pointer your tour guide will point out items of interest in the sky and you can hear stories of the Aboriginal Dream Time relating to the night sky. Look out for the Milky Way and see if you can spot the giant scorpion, the kangaroo or the emu in the sky. You may also see planets such as Saturn and Jupiter depending on the time of year and if you are lucky, you may get to make a wish upon a shooting star.

Food

We provide dinner under the stars where you get to sample fresh produce from Margaret River and the Swan Valley including our famous Western Australian wines. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Tour Commentary

Your tour guide has an extensive knowledge of the local wildlife and vegetation as well as some of the history of the areas you will see. He can show you some of the plants traditionally used by the local Aborigines for food and medicine as well as tell you about some of the many shipwrecks off the Turquoise Coast from the early European Explorers.

Itineraries
  • Depart Perth from your pick-up location (pick-ups between 11.30am and 2pm depending on time of year) and then just over an hours drive to Guilderton for a bushtucker walk and coffee.
  • Head north to Lancelin to go Sand surfing in the Lancelin sand dunes.
  • Drive along the spectacular Indian Ocean Drive to the Nilgen Lookout to see wildflowers in season or Hangover Bay
  • Pinnacles desert at sunset, dinner and dessert under the stars
  • Star Gazing
  • Time to drop you back to your accommodation, home between 9.30 and 11pm depending on the time of year.
What to bring?
  • Camera or phone to take photos
  • A hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes
  • Warm clothes for the evening as the Pinnacles desert can be cold later in the day although we do have rugs in the bus
  • A small bottle of water
What's included?
  • Telescopes and Astro Binoculars for Stargazing
  • Sand boards for Sand Surfing
  • Dinner and glass of wine under the stars
  • Entry fees to national parks
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