Amazing Stargazing in Australia and New Zealand
Marvel at the Milky Way, spot the Southern Cross and observe otherwise-invisible galaxies (such as Alpha Centauri and the Magellanic Clouds) as you gaze up at the Southern skies. We’ve put together a collection of some of our favourite places for amazing stargazing in Australia and New Zealand:
Longitude 131, Uluru
World renowned for beautiful sunsets and breath-taking sunrises; Longitude 131 also offers spectacular stargazing all the hours in between! Enjoy the ultimate outback stargazing experience sleeping out under a blanket of stars in your deluxe swag on the balcony of your private outback pavilion. Far from any city lights, the Australian outback offers amazing stargazing; and Longitude 131 offers one of the most luxurious vantage points from which to enjoy the Australian night sky's spectacle.
Guests of Longitude 131 can also choose to dine under the stars - a most memorable and romantic Australian stargazing experience!
The Langham Sydney
The Langham Sydney is just a 3-minute walk from the Sydney Observatory standing proudly on Sydney’s Observatory Hill. Commanding impressive views over Sydney harbour and the city skyline, the Sydney Observatory also offers the opportunity to peer deep into the night sky through giant telescopes (including an 1874 29cm lens telescope, a 42cm computer-controlled telescope and a hydrogen-alpha solar telescope). Return to the Langham to enjoy five-star accommodation and personalised service, take a dip in the Langham Sydney's "star-blanketed" indoor pool, slip into the hotel’s Observatory Bar for a nightcap or snuggle down for the night in the Langham's grand Observatory Suite that also enjoys views over Observatory Hill and the Sydney skyline.
The Lindis, Ahuriri Valley in New Zealand's Southern Alps
Sink into the hot tub on your private deck, glass of sparkling in hand, to soak up uninterrupted star-filled views, that are also mirrored in the glass walls of your private luxury pod at the Lindis.
In the South Island’s remote Ahuriri Valley, which neighbours the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the Lindis lodge offers supreme luxuries and some of the best views of the Southern Hemisphere’s night skies. You can also ask our Travel Design team to hook you up with one of the region’s most experienced astrophotographers to guide you through the glittering constellations.
Satellite Island, Tasmania
Tucked away in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel between Bruny Island and “mainland” Tasmania, a little more than 40 minutes from Hobart, Satellite Island is an exclusive-use island escape far from the cares of the rest of the world. Clear night skies invite stargazing from the deck, as the fire pit crackles in front of you and the water laps beneath your feet.
As testament to the island’s clear views of the sparkling Southern skies, French explorer Antoine Bruni D’Entrecasteaux used the island as a makeshift observatory when he chartered the area in 1792.
Rua Moana, New Zealand North Island Luxury Cruising
Slip away aboard your private luxury cruiser to escape the city lights and enjoy star-filled night skies from the foredeck. Cruise the Coromandel and circumnavigate Great Barrier Island in private star-studded luxury aboard Rua Moana with en-suited accommodation for up to eight guests. Choose your own adventure and let the stars lead the way with tailored private luxury cruising aboard this most sophisticated superyacht.
Spicers Peak, South East Queensland’s Scenic Rim
At an altitude of more than 1,100m (3,600ft) and tucked away from any bright city lights, Spicers Peak Lodge in Queensland’s volcanic Scenic Rim region enjoys some of the most spectacular stargazing. On a crisp clear winter’s night, gather around the campfire, nightcap in hand, to learn about the constellations that have lit up the Southern skies for millennia whilst listening to the ancient Aboriginal legends written in the twinkling night sky.
Minaret Station, near Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island Southern Alps
Set among the peaks of New Zealand’s spectacular Southern Alps, accessed only by helicopter, Minaret Station offers splendid isolation from city-light pollution and serves up some of the country’s most spectacular stargazing opportunities. The property's collection of private heli-touring adventures (hiking, skiing, hunting, fishing, mountain-biking and more) will also leave you feeling like an A-Lister star!
Stargazing The Southern Lights
Lucky stargazers at this time of year can also be in for the real treat of witnessing the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis). The same natural phenomenon as the famed Northern Lights, Aurora Australis lights up the night sky with a symphony of colour caused by the silent but spectacular collision of atoms and energy-charged particles about the South Pole. Whilst Aurora Australis is visible all year-round, clear winter’s nights away from city lights, particularly on days close to a new moon in July and August, provide the best chances of viewing this natural stargazing phenomenon.
Matariki - Maori New Year in the sky
Stargazers in New Zealand at this time of year should also look out for the Matariki star cluster reappearing in the night skies, ushering in the new year according to the Maori lunar calendar. This auspicious occasion is also marked with special events and celebrations across New Zealand – ask our Travel Designers for details firstname.lastname@example.org
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