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Australian Astronomy Odyssey 2025

Are you ready to experience the wonder of the night sky like never before? Embark on an unforgettable journey under the stars with Dark Sky Traveller and Sky & Telescope. Discover the beauty of the cosmos while exploring breathtaking destinations.

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Australian Astronomy Odyssey 2025
Australian Astronomy Odyssey 2025

Time & Location

25 Mar 2025, 10:00 am – 04 Apr 2025, 2:00 pm

Sydney, 117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

About the event

Embark on an Unforgettable Celestial Journey in outback Australia

Dates - 25 March - 3 April, 2025

Style - Easy Adventure

Accommodaiton - 3 - 4 Star / Escorted

Fitness - good level of mobility / able to walk 5km

Depart USA for Australia Sunday 23 March

Day 1: Tuesday, March 25, 2025 - Arrival in Sydney

Arrive at the bustling Sydney International Airport, where you'll be greeted by the shimmering skyline of one of the world's most vibrant cities. Your journey begins with an immersive guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, an architectural marvel that graces the picturesque Sydney Harbour. As the sun sets, indulge in a culinary feast with dinner served on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, offering unparalleled views of the illuminated harbor. (D)

Day 2: Wednesday, March 26, 2025 - Sydney Harbor Cruise & Observatory Visit

Wake up to the bustling energy of Sydney and embark on a morning harbor cruise, setting sail past the world-renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge and the majestic Sydney Opera House. Delight in a leisurely stroll through the lush landscapes of the Royal Botanic Garden, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. In the evening, gaze in awe at the celestial wonders during a visit to the Sydney Observatory, where expert astronomers guide you through the mysteries of the universe. (B,D)

Day 3: Thursday, March 27, 2025 - Blue Mountains Exploration & Wine Tasting

Embark on a scenic drive to the breathtaking Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site renowned for its stunning vistas and pristine wilderness. Explore the region's natural wonders, including the thrilling Scenic Railway, offering panoramic views of the lush valleys and ancient rock formations. Indulge in a gastronomic journey with a wine tasting experience in Mudgee, a charming town renowned for its award-winning wineries and rustic charm. (B,L)

Day 4: Friday, March 28, 2025 - Siding Spring Observatory Tour

Set out on a captivating journey to the Siding Spring Observatory, perched atop the rugged peaks of the Warrumbungle National Park. Discover the secrets of the cosmos as you embark on an exclusive tour of this world-class observatory, home to cutting-edge telescopes and groundbreaking research. As night falls, experience the magic of the universe come alive during a mesmerizing stargazing session amidst the pristine dark skies of the Warrumbungle National Park. (B,D)

Day 5: Saturday, March 29, 2025 - Australia Telescope Compact Array & Sandstone Caves

Embark on a captivating exploration of the Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri, where you'll delve into the fascinating world of radio astronomy. Witness groundbreaking scientific research in action as you tour this state-of-the-art facility nestled amidst the picturesque countryside. Continue your journey with a visit to the ancient Sandstone Caves, where indigenous guides share the rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance of these sacred sites. (B,D)

Day 6: Sunday, March 30, 2025 - Parkes Radio Telescope & Emu Farm Visit

Journey to the iconic Parkes Radio Telescope, immortalized in the film "The Dish," and delve into the fascinating world of deep space communication. Gain insights into the telescope's pivotal role in space exploration and scientific discovery as you explore its towering structures and cutting-edge facilities. Continue your adventure with a visit to a local emu farm, where you'll encounter these majestic flightless birds and learn about their significance in Australian culture and heritage. (B,D)

Day 7: Monday, March 31, 2025 - Mount Stromlo Observatory & National Gallery

Embark on a captivating journey to the Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra, where you'll unravel the mysteries of the cosmos under the guidance of expert astronomers. Delve into the history of astronomical research as you explore this renowned observatory, home to a wealth of telescopes and scientific instruments. Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene of Canberra with a visit to the National Gallery, where you'll encounter masterpieces from around the world. (B)

Day 8: Tuesday, April 1, 2025 - Canberra Deep Space Complex & Dinner

Experience the thrill of space exploration at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, where you'll witness firsthand the wonders of interstellar communication and spacecraft tracking. Delve into the depths of the universe as you embark on a guided tour of this cutting-edge facility, gaining insights into humanity's quest to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos. Conclude your celestial adventure with a memorable dinner at Lanyon Homestead or Wildbark Canberra, where you'll savor delectable cuisine amidst the charming surrounds of Canberra's countryside. (B,D)

Day 9: Wednesday, April 2, 2025 - Adelaide Exploration & Transfer to Mannum

Embark on a journey to Adelaide, the vibrant capital of South Australia, where you'll discover the wonders of the Australian Space Agency Museum. Explore interactive exhibits and artifacts showcasing Australia's contributions to space exploration before embarking on a scenic transfer to Mannum, nestled on the banks of the majestic Murray River. Prepare for an enchanting evening of stargazing as you gaze upon the celestial wonders of the Murray River Dark Sky Reserve. (B,D)

Day 10: Thursday, April 3, 2025 - Mannum Relaxation & River Cruise

Spend a leisurely day exploring the quaint town of Mannum, where historic paddle steamers ply the tranquil waters of the Murray River. Embark on a scenic steam paddle river cruise, soaking in the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes. (B,D)

Day 11: Friday, April 4, 2025 - Depart for home

Check out of your Mannum accommodation, and transfer to Adelaide Airport for your onward journey (B)

Inclusions:

· Tour Host -  Sky & Telescope

· Astronomy Guest and Guide – Australian Government Astronomer, Prof Fred Watson

· Tour Manager – Marnie Ogg

· Accommodation as listed

· Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily (B,L,D)

· Entry to all sights, and activities listed

· Air-conditioned motorcoach and driver

· Local Guides, behind-the-scenes experiences

Not included:

· International Flights to Australia

· Optional tours

· Domestic flights into / out of Adelaide

· Tips

· Drinks

· Items of personal nature

Hotels:

- Intercontinental Hotel - Sydney

- Parklands Resort - Mudgee

- Acacia Motor Lodge - Coonabarabran

- Henry Lawson Motor Inn - Parkes

- Crown Casino - Canberra

- Mannum Motel - Mannum

NOTES

Please be aware that traveling in Australia can present challenges such as unpredictable weather, long distances, and accommodations of basic standards. Despite these challenges, we strive to make your journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The itinerary provided is an overview and is subject to change at any time. While every effort will be made to adhere to the planned schedule, no recompense will be provided for any changes or disruptions. All avenues will be explored to maintain the planned itinerary to the best of our ability.

Dark Sky Traveller does not organize twin shares for accommodations. 

Deposit:

$1,000 pp  - nonrefundable but is transferable (please see our terms and conditions_

Final Payment - 15 December 2024

Places

  • Deposit - $1000 pp

    USD 1,000.00
    +USD 25.00 service fee
    Sale ended

Total

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