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.
The 7 best stargazing spots near Sydney
Witness the wonders of the cosmos from these dark-sky locations just beyond the city
Stargazing in Sydney
Drive for an hour and a half and you're well out of the concrete jungle. Because the Blue Mountains are just out of the way from the big city, there is barely any light pollution, providing for jaw-dropping night-sky vantage points. There are even tour operators that specialise in stargazing tours so you can revel, and learn at the same time.
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.
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.
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.
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