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The new breed of traveller with stars in their eyes

By Ricky French (Weekend Australia)

Led by the founder of the charity Dark Sky Alliance, Marnie Ogg, and her husband, government astronomer and science communicator Fred Watson, tours traverse all facets of the genre.

Guests have sat in Einstein’s chair at the tower named after the great scientist in Germany, walked through the tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider, seen the northern lights from a chairlift in Lapland, had lunch in the canteen with staff at the Swedish Institute for Space, and witnessed an exclusive concert by composer Urmas Sisask in his “observatorium” in Estonia.

Watson says the surging popularity of astrotourism flows logically from the desire to experience unspoilt places.

“If you think of the wilderness as an unspoilt area on Earth, then the universe is the greater wilderness. Travel isn’t stopping. People have gone through a very insular experience with Covid, and are seeking out natural experiences.”


We have just four places left on our tour to see the Totally Texan Total Solar Eclipse.

Book before 30 November to receive a $500 AUD discount. New bookings only.



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