Darkan, in the Shire of West Arthur, joined the Astrotourism Town network in July 2019. Shire staff have a wealth of information to share about a variety of special locations for stargazing and astrophotography.

What’s particularly special about the Shire of West Arthur are the historic buildings that are beautifully maintained. They provide such wonderful settings for astronomical activities.

If you’re visiting Darkan for astrophotography, the local Darkan Photography Club is happy to be a point of local contact for visitors. If you’d like to get in touch, please call Kerryn at the Darkan Photography Club on 0429 631 044. 

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

Observing Site

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

Astrophotography Hot Spot

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

Visitor Centre

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

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