The best stargazing near Sydney

Watch the night sky from these dark locations in and around Sydney
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Although on clear nights you can spot a few stars from Sydney, if you go just outside of the city centre, you will have a much better view. Be careful you’re not trespassing, and happy viewing!

Family looking through telescope
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Sydney Observatory

icon-location-pin Millers Point

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. Nightly two-hour tours of the Observatory include telescope viewing (weather permitting). Watson Rd, Millers Point 2000. $14-$22. Daily 8.15pm.


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. 3 Avro St, Bankstown 2000.


Katoomba Airfield

Katoomba Airfield in the Blue Mountains is great for stargazers: since you’re so far above sea level, Sydney's glow is mostly eliminated. Here, you can actually be able to make out the Milky Way. 178-189 Grand Canyon Rd, Medlow Bath 2780.


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. Mangrove Mountain 2250.


Mount Kuring-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. Mount Kuring-gai Oval, Brisbane Ave, Mount Kuring-gai 2080.

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 (next date: Sat Aug 27). JJ Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve, Terrey Hills

Defying gravity

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding 2016 Soundship to the edge of Space view from space courtesy the artists title Sound Ship (decender1) 33,722 meters
Photograph: David Haines & Joyce Hinterding
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Two Sydney artists sent a camera into space for art

Blue Mountains-based artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding sent a payload 33,722 metres into space, with recording devices to capture the audio and footage. A few hours later, they retrieved it – with the recordings intact. You'll be able to see and hear the results of that mini space odyssey when Haines and Hinterding unveil their latest artwork as part of the exhibition Gravity (and Wonder), at Penrith Regional Gallery.

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