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®

This is our most popular sky show. Telescope, binocular and naked eye viewing is involved.

Scheduled from Thursdays through to Saturdays or Sundays, they are entertaining and suitable for the night sky novice.

Relax on reclined chairs in winter (usually inside a sleeping bag) or an upright (director's) chair in warm months. Outback Astronomy supplies all equipment and optical instruments.

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

It’s an encounter of the fun kind.

Scroll through our sky show monthly calendar to find a sky show that suits your preferences. Hang Out With The Stars® is typically scheduled on the darkest nights.

Binocular and naked eye sky shows are mostly scheduled mid-week (Tuesdays and Wednesday) and during brighter evenings of the lunar phase.

Summer Stargazing

Family-friendly sky shows are scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during warm months.

Sky show duration is 60 minutes.

This is a binocular and naked eye gazing sky show. There are many objects to view with binoculars alone and it’s a great way to be introduced to the night sky!

Guests must plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.

During summer, upright chairs are used.

Audio units are issued to guests to hear commentary. You should bring your own ear phones (round 3.5mm connections). Note that audio units are not issued to small or very young children. A variety of ear phones are also sold, starting at $5 a set.

Outback Astronomy supplies all chairs, binoculars and other equipment used on the evening.

During summer, discount pricing is offered for seniors and children on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays (excludes Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).

Minimum numbers of guests may be required for the sky show to proceed.

Keep a watch on the Outback Astronomy Facebook page for more special offers including promo codes for additional discounts when booking online.

In summer, it is warm outdoors and you can share images of your experience on social media before or after the sky show. Share your posts with us @OutbackAstronomy.

Glamping and Gazing

Glamping and gazing is now possible next to the award-winning Outback Astronomy stargazing sky dome. We are accepting bookings from January 2020 on selected days of the week.

  • Ideal outback stargazing site for one couple or one person only - only one tent on site
  • Includes discounted sky show attendance if one proceeds during your stay
  • Queen size bed in tent (quality linen and pillows supplied)
  • Deck chairs and bar fridge (stocked)
  • Powered tent - you can use a fan inside the tent and outside on the deck
  • BBQ facilities - buy a BBQ pack from the onsite kitchen or bring your own stocks
  • Swimming pool (pool towels supplied - your exclusive use)
  • Tent is located in a secure, cool and shady spot next to our stargazing site
  • Dinner and other meals can be prearranged with your hosts at Outback Astronomy
  • Short walk to bathroom amenities (towels and personal toiletries supplied; keyed access to showers)
  • Secure parking for guests next to your tent

Glamping can be booked on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays only at this stage. You may book one, two or three nights, but only on these days, if available.

This tent looks to the east - you should expect a bright greeting in the morning from the Sun. Take a walk in the nearby country - tracks to the east go for many kilometres.

In the afternoon, a wonderful shady area protects your tent from the summer heat. Watch the local birds and kangaroos come in to drink at the nearby water troughs.

Attend our sky show that night if it is scheduled. Please do not book the tent assuming a sky show will proceed! However, we will do our best. Discounted attendance at sky shows does not include dinner events, foods or beverages.

If you are a very light sleeper, this location can be noisy - you may hear traffic on the western side, or rail traffic to the east, plus noisy bird life at any time of the day.

Your hosts can assure you, however, that this glamping location is a great get-away from it all, while still within 10 minutes of facilities in Broken Hill.

We are looking forward to accommodating you! If you desperately seek to glamp outside of the scheduled days, please phone us +61427055225 and we can try to accommodate your needs.

SOME SMALL PRINT ABOUT GLAMPING BOOKINGS

At checkout, if you make a booking within 2 days of your planned stay, you must pay the full amount. Otherwise, you may nominate to pay a 20% deposit or the full amount for your booking. In any scenario, if you cancel, you will incur a fee as all online financial service providers charge this fee. It is usually a few percent of the total booking amount. This small fee will be passed on to you at the time of refund, should you cancel any time up until 21 days before your booking. However, if you cancel within 21 days of your booking, you will be charged 20% of the total booking fee.

ARRIVAL TIME

Check in from 3pm, checkout by 11am.

Online bookings can be made here: Book Glamping

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.

If you are staying at Broken Hill Outback Resort then find us 7km along the highway toward the city of Broken Hill, on the left hand side.

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 so 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.

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.  Please do not bring your own drinks as we are a licenced venue.

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

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. 

Asteroid Scatter Platter

This platter has it all … cheese, crackers, fresh and dried fruits, nuts, salami, olives and hommus dip! There’s something for every taste bud. Your snack resembles a group of asteroids in frenzied orbit, representing different colours, shapes, sizes and compositions. It’s chaos within harmony; maybe a scattered mess but with direction. Ultimately, it’s a scatter of taste orbiting on a board. Imagine yourself snacking on an asteroid scatter platter under the stars! This fine assembly of bite-sized flavours is easily consumed by one to two persons while enjoying your sky show. Contains nuts, dairy and gluten or please advise if you have special dietary needs. Platter design by a Friend of Outback Astronomy, Ms Chea Nilsen.

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

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 local produce as available from time to time. Platter design by Friend of Outback Astronomy, Chef Lee Cecchin.

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. Platter design by Friend of Outback Astronomy, Chef Lee Cecchin.

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