Lake Ninan (pronounced knee-nun) is 11kms south west of the town of Wongan Hills is a lovely location for astrophotographers. The Lake Ninan Rest Area is a large open area on the south side of the lake. The shore of the lake is easy to access by foot.

It’s easy to take beautiful astrophotography to the west, north and east capturing the lake, night sky and the reflections of stars in the water. Images taken to the east will include the town lights of Wongan Hills.

From the same Lake Ninan Rest Area, there is also a view to the south which overlooks another smaller salt lake where you can capture the beautiful Milky Way scene at the right time of year.

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Facilities: Picnic tables, shelter. There are no toilets. It’s a good idea to take insect repellent.

Mobile coverage (Telstra): Good.

Sky Quality Meter Reading: 21.15 magnitude per arcsecond2 recorded at 8.11pm on 10th August 2018. What is a Sky Quality Meter Reading? 

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Ballidu Big Bike

Just up the road from the town of Wongan Hills is the wonderful community at Ballidu. You may have heard of the Bike it to Ballidu Gravel, a fantastic bike event that welcomes cycling enthusiasts to the Wongan-Ballidu area. At the entrance to Ballidu, there’s a giant bicycle sculpture clustered with a myriad of smaller coloured bikes. There’s a great view towards the south which would allow for the Milky Way overhead to frame this curious bike scene!

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

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


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