An imposing sculpture called Resilience is located 3km from Paraburdoo. It makes an impressive sight for an astrophotographer. The view is to the south to capture the Milky Way stretching across the sky above Resilience.

The sculpture is made from steel plate that was formed from Banded Iron Formation stone with controlled blasts! The local community worked with the artist and mine workers to create this impressive sight. 

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Facilities: None.

Mobile coverage (Telstra): Good.

Sky Quality Meter Reading: 21.13 magnitude per arcsecond2 recorded at 7.44pm on 26th June 2021. What is a Sky Quality Meter Reading?

Looking for More Astrophotography Hot Spots?

There are some other terrific astrophotography hot spots to try out in the Shire of Ashburton.

The Termites, Onslow

What an incredible landscape to photograph under the Milky Way night sky! These structures take the Spinifex Termites hundreds of years to build and they are just waiting for you and your camera when the sky is right. There are literally hundreds of termite mounds. You’ll need a 4WD if you plan to explore the tracks surrounding them. However, you can park at the small information bay and walk to the nearby termite mounds. The site is 10km from Onslow on the main road out. You’ll pass them on the way in from the NW Costal Highway.

The Big Mining Truck, Tom Price

At the information bay on the way into Tom Price, one of the huge mining trucks is there to greet you and it’s ideally positioned to take your own astro-image with the stars and Milky Way behind! Make sure to call into the Tom Price Visitor Centre to get all the local stargazing secrets!

Karijini National Park

You have your choice of so many wonderful locations in and around the town of Tom Price and Karijini National Park. It’s a must do trip from Onslow and shouldn’t be missed if you’re in the Shire of Ashburton. Make sure to call into the Tom Price Visitor Centre to find out about all the locations to explore.

Stargazing & Tourism Information

Observing Site

The local community welcomes you to use telescopes and binoculars or enjoy an evening of stargazing here.

Astrotourism Town

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Visitor Centre

For accommodation, meals and other sightseeing in the local area, check in with the local visitor centre.

Astrophotography Help

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