THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
The sky photographed from Hargreaves Lookout, Blackheath. Credit: Derek Elmes.
Why we love it...
" The sandstone curtain, which is the Blue Mountains dividing Sydney and the east coast, from the rest of the state is often considered a barrier. For the interested stargazer, or those interested in the natural environment, this wall creates a refuge to dark sky serenity.
Under the guidance of Cr Romola Hollywood, steps are being taken to protect the wonderful asset that is darkness in the World Heritage Listed area. With so many dark patches, unspoilt by the influence of artificial light at night, it is hard to choose which one is the most viable, however the historical telescope site of Linden Observatory looks like a key contender to be designated by the International Dark Sky Association as a dark sky place.
This observatory trail provides a rich insight to the development of astronomical research from the growth of the colony, at a time when very little of the Southern Hemisphere night sky had been studied.
Enjoy the history, the scenic drive and the multitude of stars."
Marnie – Director Dark Sky Traveller