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At the north entrance to the town of Morawa there’s a huge Southern Cross windmill that is perfect for some interesting astrophotography. The windmill is very tall and makes an imposing structure with the southern sky behind it. An occasional car might pass by. The reflection of headlights on the windmill can add an unexpected result to images!

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Facilities: None, however it’s conveniently close to overnight accommodation in town.

Mobile coverage: Good reception.

Sky Quality Meter Reading: No reading has been made at this location yet. What is a Sky Quality Meter Reading?

Koolanooka Springs

For the more adventurous, take a trip out to Koolanooka Springs. This spot is about 28kms from town. On a moonless night, the starry sky is spectacular. The rock formations and bush landscape provide a variety of compositions for astrophotographers.

In season, there may be opportunities to capture nightscapes with carpets of wildflowers in bloom.

Facilities: Toilets and BBQ’s.

Mobile coverage: Limited to no reception.

Sky Quality Meter Reading: 21.25 magnitude per arcsecond2 recorded on 16 July 2018. What does this reading mean?


Stargazing and Tourism Information

Observing Site

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

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.

AStrophotography Help

Beautiful images of WA’s night sky and landscape can be easily achieved with DSLR, mirrorless and even smart phone cameras!


Discover what’s up in Western Australia’s night sky while you’re visiting. Easy guides to help you find out what to see and when.


Stargazing and astrophotography is an all year round activity in Western Australia. Here are some seasonal hints and tips for you.