What should I wear?
At any time of year, including warm months December, January, February and March, you must bring a jacket. We suggest you wear as a minimum:
- Full-length trousers
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Closed in shoes or boots, with socks
From April to November plan to wear three to six layers, including thermals. You can always peel off layers.
You should plan to wear multiple items, including vest, jackets, jumpers, coats, wind jacket, overcoat. Always pack a beanie, scarf and gloves for the outback after dark.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, please also bring for added warmth and comfort:
- Thick blanket or sleeping bag
We may light a campfire, subject to wind and other conditions.
Click on a sky show in the calendar to read more. As a general guide, dark sky viewing events are typically scheduled every night for up to three weeks. Moonlit evenings feature food and beverage service on the sky dome the following week. The lunar cycle should be evident by noting this general pattern in our sky show calendar of events.
We schedule outdoor dinner events under moonlight. We may light up a camp fire and discuss objects visible overhead, including the Moon. Some dinner events incorporate the viewing of the rising Moon. Events can be tailored to suit our guests, formal or casual, with table service on the sky dome or casual gatherings indoors or outdoors. As a general rule, expect a bright moonlit night for any of our scheduled dinner events.
Food served on the sky dome is tasty, rustic and should be familiar to our guests. Food service is kept affordable for guests. Service must be practicable for the outdoor venue. Our sky show snacks offered on dark sky nights include boards of cheeses, crackers, fruits and nuts and other tasty nibbles, a very popular Turkish bread and dukkah dip, and others. Dinner events also feature foods appropriate for the occasion. BBQs and salads make sense in warm months while stews, curries and soups are popular in cool months. We work with foodies and chefs who can amplify the sophistication of any event that incorporates food and beverage service.
We may wait for clouds to move or cancel. If we cancel you will be given the opportunity to reschedule or if this is not possible, receive a full refund. We ask all guests for a mobile phone contact so that we can text message you during the day if the weather is a concern that evening. It is always best to have some flexibility during your stay in Broken Hill. Plan to attend a sky show early in your visit just in case you need to reschedule to the next night. Lengthy cloudy periods out here are rare. We can remember only a few occasions in six years when we cancelled sky shows due to the sky being cloudy for seven straight days.
All sky show guests must arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the sky show. Please phone us on 0427 055 225 as soon as you know you will be late so that we can make arrangements to greet you when our property is blacked out and locked up for stargazing.
Any person curious about the sky, the stars and other celestial objects will enjoy these events. No prior knowledge of the sky is required. Our sky shows are suitable for all ages from 6 years and up.
Check the calendar of events to see what’s on at the time you plan to be in Broken Hill. Be sure to contact us to ensure the date has capacity for your group size. We may require a deposit to confirm your booking. Groups should always ensure the following evening is free to attend if the first date is cloudy.
All pricing and any available discounts are visible when an event is clicked on. In general, groups of 30 or more persons may enquire about receiving a discount.
Sky shows with discounts for children or families may be available during school holidays.
Please enquire if our website has not been updated.
Our transport service has been stopped until further notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Outback Astronomy is located at 18817 Barrier Highway, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. This is a 10 minute drive from most parts of Broken Hill. Parking spaces are at the front of the building. Search for our venue online and follow directions. You must exercise caution if relying upon a factory-fitted GPS unit in a motor vehicle. Guests have advised these can be inaccurate.
From the Post Office in Argent Street, drive north.
This is the direction to Wilcannia and Cobar.
Argent Street becomes the Barrier Highway.
From the 80 kilometre per hour speed sign on the edge of town, proceed 5.2 kilometres.
We are on the right hand side of the highway. A small reflective sign marks our turn-off.
Our property is flat and accessible with walking aids and wheelchairs. Specialised transportation vehicles may access the sky dome directly however this must be arranged in advance of the sky show. There are three steps at the front entrance to the building (including our theatrette and internal café area). Bathroom facilities do not allow wheelchair access at this time. Please be patient with us as we progress these improvement works. The building was constructed in the 1930s and we value its heritage.
All information about the Sky Dome Café can be accessed at its own website www.skydomecafe.com.au.
Images used on this website are a combination of Outback Astronomy images, stock images and credit to Destination NSW for images as part of the "It's Out There" Campaign.
Time Zone in Broken Hill, Australia
Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT) in Broken Hill is equal to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +10.5 hours (October, November, December, January, February, March)
Daylight saving time begins at 2am on the first Sunday in October. Clocks are put forward one hour. It ends at 2am (3am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April. Clocks are put back one hour.
Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) in Broken HIll is equal to UTC +9.5 hours (April, May, June, July, August, September)