The Experience

Spectacular Sky Encounter 

Be enchanted and amazed by the clarity of the outback sky at night. 

Enjoy a panoramic sky view as you take a personalised virtual cruise through the Milky Way Galaxy. 

Our sky shows celebrate the views of the clear, vast outback sky in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. No cities around for hundreds of kilometres.

... hang out with the stars

These shows are entertaining and suitable for the night sky novice.

Concepts are demystified.

There’ll be no confusion.

Whether you are into space or not, you’ll enjoy the experience!

It’s an encounter of the fun kind!

See our sky show calendar to select from a variety of naked eye and telescope sky shows, scheduled to suit the moon cycle and the darkest skies.

The Naked Eye Astronomer

We’ll help you discover interesting knowledge through lazy sky gazing.

We’ll help you to locate objects in the sky you’ve probably heard about but not known where to look. Prepare to be humbled by this viewing experience but be prepared for a giggle as well.

Not only are there superstars in our neighbourhood, but some of the greatest mysteries of our time hang out there, right over our heads!

Sort the Fact from Fiction

  • What is Dark Energy?
  • Will an asteroid hit us?
  • Are we alone?
  • How important is the Moon?

There’s great fascination in the skies. Let us break it all down as you take your virtual space cruise.

Location 

Sky shows are scheduled and are published in the calendar

Sky shows are held at 18817 Barrier Highway, Broken Hill, NSW, 2880.

This location is less than 10 minutes drive from the Post Office in Broken Hill's Argent Street.

The site is 5 kilometres from the edge of Broken Hill and has a lovely dark sky on moonless evenings.

Audio 

At your sky show you will use a personal audio unit to hear live commentary by your knowledgeable sky guide.

Please bring your own ear phones (eg standard 3.5mm connector as used in mp3 players or tablets). If you don’t have any you can purchase from us when you make your booking.

Advance bookings and payments are essential.

This is real, down-to-earth informational entertainment at its natural best!

Come along and hang out with the stars®!

Online Shop

We have an online shop to assist budding astronomers take up the hobby.

You don’t need a big expensive telescope to get started. We suggest beginner astronomers start with star maps, moon maps and binoculars. We’ve identified a few models that will get you gazing. Great for the price.

Buy online from our shop and collect when you attend your sky show.

What to Wear

The night time temperature may drop to 0 degrees Celsius from April to November in Broken Hill.

We host our shows outdoors under the brilliance of the vast outback skies. We suggest you dress appropriately for cold conditions to maximise your enjoyment of the sky shows.

In the cooler months, wear several layers of clothing including thermal underclothes if you have them. You can always peel off layers if you are warm. We recommend up to six layers in winter!

Some guests even like to bring their own blanket and pillow! You’ll be reclined on a comfortable camp lounge for much of your sky show.

If you are concerned about being in Broken Hill without sufficient warm clothing, that’s not a problem. We can loan you the use of gloves, beanies and scarves.

We suggest you wear:

  • Full length trousers and shirt – warm or thick fabrics
  • A combination of warm vest, jacket, wind jacket, overcoat
  • Scarf, beanie, gloves
  • Closed in shoes or boots with warm socks

Cloudy Weather?

Broken Hill usually has clear, dry conditions. Sometimes, it’s just not like that!

Rather than try to guess what the weather is doing, we will text or ring you by 4pm (or 5pm during daylight savings) on the day of your sky show with the latest weather information.

If you are in Broken Hill for a few days we encourage you to book your sky show early in your visit to maximise flexibility around the weather. Sometimes it’s easier to reschedule your sky show if you are in the city for a few days. Don’t feel locked into the date of your sky show.

In the event of quick-changing weather conditions on the night of your sky show, we assume the weather will be clear. We recommend you arrive at our site as normal while we wait a few moments for any annoying cloud to move on. We can exercise some flexibility with the start of our sky shows, however, please advise if you have appointments to be elsewhere in the evening so that we can respect your schedule.

We are also developing some special cloudy night activities to keep you occupied and entertained. Keep reading ... see Alternative Hangouts!

Licensed Venue

Outback Astronomy is a licensed venue. When you attend your sky show, you may elect to purchase drinks from a limited range of beverages.You can enjoy these during your sky show experience or afterwards as you gaze up and ponder the universe. You must be 18 years or older to purchase alcoholic beverages in New South Wales.

Liquor Act 2007

It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years.

Snacks and Suppers

We have packaged cookies and other snacks available for purchase. Alternatively, you may like something more substantial to share with your family and friends. When booking your sky show, you may opt to purchase a cheese platter. We shop for the platters on the morning of your sky show so you need to book ahead. However, on certain evenings, and subject to minimym numbers, Outback Astronomy may provide an Alternative Hangout in the event a sky show is cancelled due to cloudy weather! You can attend our sky show venue as intended and we will provide an indoor or outdoor presentation on a topic of interest. These can be interactive experiences where you can explore a great range of topics that interest you.

Complimentary Tea and Coffee

Complimentary hot drinks may be served indoors or outdoors depending on the number of attendees, weather conditions and the style of your sky show event.

Hot Chocolate and Cookie

The cookie is a great snack to feed your mind as it absorbs your sky show information. Cookies are individually wrapped. Gluten free option available.

Hot chocolate is served in a stainless steel thermos mug that sits comfortably in your reclined chair.

Available at any sky show.

Fresh Bread & Dukkah-Oil-Balsamic Dip

Why not graze as you gaze. Not too heavy, but enough to beat off the hunger pains until your next snack. Turkish bread, fine olive oil and tangy balsamic with a special blend of toasty Egyptian dukkah.

Order by early on the day of your sky show so we can source the freshest baked produce.

Cheese Board 2 Person Share

Delicious produce is featured on your platter including fresh seasonal fruit when available in Broken Hill. We generally include three types of cheeses, including goat's cheese and/or aged blue, creamy and hard/cheddar - tell us which types you prefer! Accompaniments include seasonal or dried fruit, a variety of nuts, raisins and seeds, fruit compote if available and marinated olives. These are served with crisps and biscuits. We include locally produce as available from time to time.

Please order in advance to allow time for us to source the freshest produce.

Platter 4-6 Person Share

This is delicious grazing while you’re gazing – great for sharing among a small group of friends under the stars.

The cheeses, including soft, semi-soft and hard, are surrounded by tasty marinated olives, dried and fresh seasonal fruit, a selection of nuts, Turkish bread, crackers, fruit compote or quince paste or other seasonal produce. Various specialty platter elements are subject to availability. Product of an equivalent type and taste may be substituted if items are unavailable. We source local high quality gourmet elements where possible.

Please order in advance to allow time for us to source the freshest produce.

Wine & French Taster (Single Serve)

Your quality French cuisine samplers are sourced directly from Occitania (formerly the "Midi-Pyrénées" area) in the south-west of France. The products are selected from artisan suppliers in Valence sur Baïse (Gers department) and the great city of Toulouse (Haute Garonne department).

This evening you will taste exquisite pâté de canard (duck paté) or rillettes pur canard au foie gras (duck rillettes paté with whole foie gras) with locally sourced fresh bread. These seasoned duck products are prepared by French chefs, from specially selected ingredients, using traditional methods respectful of the Occitania terroir. Your samplers will be accompanied by a glass of Australian Shiraz. We’ve sourced these French tasters from a local importer, a Frenchman in Broken Hill, who is delighted to introduce you to these gourmet artisan delicacies.

Please order in advance to allow time for us to source the freshest produce.

Alternative Hangouts

We cannot guarantee a 100% crystal clear sky for gazing but we can have you fully engaged in an interesting and interactive talk about the sky, space and other matters!

At times when the weather does not cooperate with our best hopes, Outback Astronomy may fill the void with an Alternative Hangout. Our venue is comfortable and warm and you might still be able to enjoy an evening out, perhaps outdoors, by a campfire, with opportunistic telescope viewing. Alternative Hangouts require minimum numbers. We'll keep you informed on the day of your booking if the Alternative Hangout is to proceed.

When making your booking online, the following questions prompt a "tick" response from you, in the event of cloudy weather:

Tick if:

You have flexibility around a few evenings. Please ring me.

For example, some people are in Broken Hill for a few nights and have flexibility over several evenings to attend a sky show.

Tick if:

You are happy to attend an “Alternative Hangout” if offered.

For example, some people have fixed plans and may have intended to see the stars but clouds rolled in and stubbornly would not move. If you have a fixed date for gazing and we can attract another group of people to join you, perhaps this will suit you. Please note that we may not host an Alternative Hangout on every occasion. If you are unable to reschedule and we do not host this alternative, then you will be refunded in full.

Tick if:

You seek a refund as you really wanted to see the stars.

For example, you may be visiting Broken Hill from a city with bright lights and you never see the night sky. Perhaps this visit to Broken Hill is your once in a lifetime opportunity to see the outback stars.