Join Park Rangers, the Friends of Brookfield and an astronomer for an experience you won’t forget!
Brookfield Conservation Park is home to a population of southern hairy-nosed wombats. The park also lies within Australia’s only International Dark Sky Reserve making it one of the best places on earth to gaze at the stars above.
Start the evening with a guided walk with the local rangers and volunteers from the Friends of Brookfield Conservation Park to witness and learn about the lives of the southern hairy-nosed wombat as they come out of their burrows to graze.
As the sky darkens and the stars appear, astronomer Dean Davidson from Skywatch will take you on naked-eye tour of the stars pointing out constellations, bright stars, galaxies and visible planets. Following the naked-eye tour your will have the opportunity to view selected deep sky objects such as star clusters, nebulae, double stars, galaxies and Saturn through a computerised telescope.
Following the event, you’re welcome to camp overnight in the park. If you’re camping you will need to arrive between 12pm – 5pm, so you have adequate time to set-up before the event starts at 6pm. Campers will need to depart before 11am the following morning.
Who is this event for:
This activity is for everyone.
This wombat walk will include a guided walk which is approximately 3km over unsealed and uneven tracks. There are no accessible toilet facilities available on site.
What to Bring:
- Meals and snacks
- Drinking water
- Warm clothing (beanie, scarfe, gloves – temperatures can drop extremely low in this area)
- Enclosed footwear / hiking boots / suitable to get wet
- Torch / headlamp
- Snacks to enjoy around the campfire
*portable toilets will be made available for this event.
If camping overnight you will need to be self-sufficient as there is no water or power available on site. Temporary portable toilets will be available for the evening. You will need to bring:
- Tent/camper trailer
- Camping gear (Bedding, cooking equipment, lighting, etc)
- Meals - dinner and breakfast
- Large water container for drinking and washing
Park entrance is located on Sturt Highway between Truro and Blanchetown - 34.5km east of Truro or 11km west of Blanchetown. The old homestead is located at the end of the park entrance track
- Stargazing is weather dependent on clear skies.
- Events may be cancelled at short notice due to unsuitable weather conditions or forecast fire danger. If an event is cancelled you will be notified by email and SMS. Where possible we will aim to reschedule the event to an alternate date.
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