Clear nights are the perfect time to be looking up into the sky to gaze up at the Stars.  This month’s “The 10 best” is the top locations for stargazing in Western Australia.

This article originally appear in the August / September 2015 edition of the Horizons magazine.

Roebuck Bay

Broome’s Staircase to the Moon appears each month from March to October. As the Moon rises, the reflection of its light on the tidal flats is a spectacular sight.

The Wheatbelt

Dark-night stargazing in the Wheatbelt region is within a two-hour drive of Perth. Here you’ll be able to view an incredible blanket of brilliant stars. On a moonless night you can see the Milky Way Galaxy stretch right across the night sky.

Perth Hills

Make your way to the Perth Hills to find some protection from the glow of the city lights. The volunteer guides at Perth Observatory in Bickley run stargazing nights for public visitors, where
you can learn more about astronomy.

Albany and Esperance

If you’re stargazing along this part of the southern coast you may be lucky enough to witness the Aurora Australis – the colourful display of red and green lights also known as the Southern Lights. It’s a very rare site in WA and when it does occur, is usually only ever seen from the south.

Wooleen Station

Wooleen Station in the Murchison region is an aweinspiring destination with views of the Milky Way Galaxy so close it feels like you could touch it. As a remote location, there is very little
light pollution but the station has plenty of accommodation options so you can enjoy your remote stargazing in comfort.

The Pinnacles 

Take the Indian Ocean Drive to Nambung National Park and experience stargazing among the Pinnacles. Budding astrophotographers can take some interesting images of the Milky Way Galaxy arching above the limestone structures. Under moonlight, the shapes of the Pinnacles cast wonderful shadows.

Wave Rock

Head to Wave Rock near Hyden and on a dark night you’ll be amazed at how many stars you can see directly above you all the way to the horizon in each direction. The dark sky and shimmering
stars look stunning against the backdrop of this iconic WA landmark.

Gingin 

While Gingin isn’t too far from Perth, it’s just far enough from the bright city lights to ensure the starlit skies here are a spectacular sight. At the nearby Gingin Observatoryview the stars through
telescopes and find out more about the constellations.

Dryandra Country

Two hours south-east of Perth in Dryandra Country there are some great camp and cabin sites that are ideal spots for seeing meteor showers or shooting stars. The Geminid
Meteor Shower in mid-December each year is best seen in the early hours of the morning. This region includes Narrogin, Wickepin, Pingelly and Cuballing.

Lake Ballard

The stars over the Gormley sculptures on the dry lakebed at Lake Ballard in the Golden Outback will take your breath away. Under the star-filled sky, the 51 steel sculptures stand out against the stark white salt plain.

Stargazing tips and sites provided by the Stargazers Club WA.