Only 9kms from Darkan is historic Hillman Siding. There aren’t any facilities, however you’ll be certain to find a dark night sky away from any town light.

Feel free to use the picnic table and chairs. There is also a cement pad nearby that can be used to set up telescopes.

If you happen to be staying at the Darkan Caravan Park and don’t want to venture too far from town, you’ll be able to find a dark place in or nearby where you’re welcome to set up and enjoy a night of stargazing.

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Facilities: None.

Mobile coverage (Telstra): Good.

Sky Quality Meter Reading21.47 magnitude per arcsecond2 recorded at 10.49pm on 28th February 2020. What is a Sky Quality Meter Reading?

Shire of West Arthur Astro Tour

The Shire of West Arthur has created its own izi.TRAVEL guide for Astrophotographers! You’ll find hidden secret locations and local knowledge to take stunning night time images in and around lovely Darkan. The izi.TRAVEL app is available for website or smart phone. When you have the app, search for “Astro tour of Shire of West Arthur“.

Stargazing & Tourism Information

Astrophotography Hot Spot

Bring your camera to take stunning images of the starry night sky over this special landscape.

Astrotourism Town

How are WA communities protecting dark night skies for your world-class stargazing experiences?

Visitor Centre

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


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