Travel from city lights to starlight! On the way there will be adventures of all kinds. From charming country towns to stargazing through telescopes to wine tasting and more.
Night 1: Perth to Bindoon (75 kilometres/1 hour)
Travel the scenic tourist drive up into delightful Chittering. You might stop at The Orchard Perth, Stringybark Winery or walk the trails at Peace Be Still or Djidi-Djidi Ridge. Arriving in the charming town of Bindoon, you’ll find the Chittering Visitor Centre and fresh seasonal produce along the Chittering Food and Wine Trails, at the Locavore Store and the very popular Bindoon Bakehaus for great food, coffee and cake.
Nights are spectacular at nearby Spoonbill Lake where your camera can capture the reflection of the stars in the water. “Astrotourists” are also welcomed at the historic Brockman Centre where you can set up your telescope to enjoy a fun night under the stars.
The Brockman Centre is a convenient place to stargaze with telescopes. It’s not very far from Perth!
Night 2: Bindoon to Guilderton via Gingin (70 kilometres/50 minutes)
After a bakery breakfast, head west to one of WA’s oldest towns, Gingin. Enjoy the historic buildings, the meandering Gingin Brook and historic water wheel. Enjoy morning tea before you head off into the Universe! If you’re into space science, take a tour of the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory, on your way to Guilderton. At night, make sure you have a tour booked at the observatory. The roof slides off to reveal a star-studded sky! Choose to stay nearby in countryside Gingin or wake up where the Moore River meets the ocean at Guilderton. The return to Perth the next day is less than 100kms.
Overnight: Moore River and Gingin
Want more dark sky adventures: Explore some other wonderful dark sky destinations along the way. Another itinerary to travel is the Astrophotographers’ Paradise.
Ready to stay longer? You’ll find more about this wonderful region on the Destination Perth website.
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