Picnic on the Platform

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The Coal Loader platform.
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Watch the sun set over the sea then explore the stars during Earth Hour

Waverton’s new waterfront venue, the Coal Loader, is a superb spot for a sun soaked afternoon of relaxation. To take advantage of the glorious sunset before the world shuts off their lights for Earth Hour on March 30, they’re inviting Sydneysiders to an afternoon picnic.

The family-friendly soirée on the rooftop lawn will kick off at 4pm with live music, interactive performances, kids' activities, food stalls and a pop-up bar. But the star of the show will be the tour of the night sky, led by Aboriginal Elder and artist Colin Walangari Karntawarra McCormack and astronomer Bob Fuller from 8.30pm. There will be some telescopes available on the night, but feel free to bring your own sky-searching machines for an investigation of the constellations and their relevance to Indigenous culture.

Scouring the skies for this hour will be particularly illuminating, as the Coal Loader and many other Sydney businesses will be switching their lights off in support of the environmental awareness mission of Earth Hour. So, hopefully, you’ll be seeing the stars at their brightest with a little less light pollution.


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