Outback Astronomy Broken Hill
Our version of stargazing began when we decided to build an astronomy-themed tourism business to help our community of Broken Hill grow (we are Travis and Linda).
We invented an outdoors stargazing experience that would meet our own very demanding expectations.
It grew from our backyard stargazing days. Looking up at the outback night sky, we’d laze in our hammocks in the evenings and sip on a port from The Barossa. Our binoculars would chase down satellites. We’d focus on Saturn in the telescope and be amazed by its stunning beauty every time we saw it.
Next, we wanted to upgrade our telescope. The investment was hefty. It made us think about a tourism experience. At the same time, Broken Hill’s world-class lead, silver and zinc mineral deposits were depleting after 130 years of underground mining.
Outback Astronomy Broken Hill was born.
At first we popped up out of a shipping container at the Broken Hill racecourse.
Two years later we invested in a property.
It is far enough from the edge of Broken Hill town to have a pitch black sky on a moon-free night.
Our venue is located at 18817 Barrier Highway, just 10km from the post office in Argent Street. In fact it is no more than a 15 minute drive from most accommodation venues in Broken Hill.
Over the years we’ve refined our stargazing experience. These days you will see our entire property is fenced, providing a secure and safe place to be gazing outdoors, all night, without any concerns.
We constructed a carefully-designed stargazing area – our sky dome – a vast open space with customised lighting and no obstacles on the horizon. Electricity cables are underground for safety in the darkness.
We built a café next to our sky dome. The convenience of food and beverage service under the stars is appreciated by our guests.
We renovated part of our main building to provide a comfortable, airconditioned venue for day time activities for small groups. In here we can safely gaze at the sun with our solar scope outdoors connected to our big screen indoors. Find out more at www.skydomecafe.com.au.
We installed one glamping tent to offer overnight accommodation to passionate stargazers. We can loan you a telescope to play with during the night. At selected times, other stargazers can pitch a tent on the grass near our swimming pool. Summer gazing will be super cool for gazers!