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The six best stargazing spots near Sydney

Witness the wonders of the cosmos from these dark-sky locations just beyond the city

Written by
Becky Feigin
,
Maxim Boon
&
Maya Skidmore
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On clear nights, you may be able to spot a few stars in central Sydney, but like most big cities, light pollution will keep the full celestial wonders of the night sky obscured. Fortunately, you don't have to travel very far out of the city to improve your view. Here, we have created a list of the six best spots for stargazing in, and near Sydney. So, grab your crew, your binoculars and a zest for starry-eyed adventuring. It's time to look up. 

Why not spend a few nights under the stars at one of the best campgrounds near Sydney?

Sydney Observatory

It may not be the darkest sky given you’re right in the city, but they’ve got powerful and historic equipment, including the oldest working telescope in Australia. Head up to the hill for a starry experience unlike any other in the centre of Sydney. 

Bankstown Airport

Airports tend to be isolated and have minimal lights on at night, so are good places for checking out the stars. The best spots are the areas of the airport where golf courses come up to the boundary fence. 


Mangrove Mountain

Mangrove Mountain is a great spot to check out the stars if you aren't looking to travel too far out of the city itself. It’s an hour and a half from the city, inland from the Central Coast near Peats Ridge, with the viewing benefits of altitude. 

Mount Ku-ring-gai

Located 45 minutes north of the CBD, this is one of the closest stargazing spots to the city you’re going to find. The football oval on the edge of the national park is a great place to start. You’ll have no problem spotting Orion, which will help lead you to other constellations. 

Terrey Hills 

Viewing nights take place here through the Northern Sydney Astronomical Society on the Saturdays before and after the new moon. Visitors are invited to at least one viewing night every month. 


Wiruna

Set on the fringes of Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains, this dark sky sanctuary is the pride and joy of the Astronomical Society of NSW. They usually hold several stargazing sessions on suitable weekends throughout the year. If you're interested in joining their starry crew, you can try by clicking right here

Want more gorgeous natural action ? Check out our list of the best national parks you can explore in and around Sydney. 

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