When you want to gaze at the stars above, the darkness is your friend. These WA stargazing hotspots are far away from light pollution so you can take in the horizon.

The Pinnacles 

Take the Indian Ocean Drive to Nambung National Park and experience stargazing among the Pinnacles. Budding astrophotographers can take some interesting images of the Milky Way Galaxy arching above the limestone structures.

Under moonlight, the shapes of the Pinnacles cast wonderful shadows.

Pinnacles at night
The alien landscape of the Pinnacles sets the scene for stargazing (Photo: Tourism Western Australia)

The Wheatbelt

Dark-night stargazing in the Wheatbelt region is within a two-hour drive of Perth.

Here you’ll be able to view an incredible blanket of brilliant stars, and on a moonless night you can see the Milky Way Galaxy stretch right across the night sky.

Lake Ballard

The stars over the Gormley sculptures on the dry lakebed at Lake Ballard in the Golden Outback will take your breath away. Under the star-filled sky, the 51 steel sculptures stand out against the stark white salt plain.

Lake Ballard
Lake Ballard and its sculptures are a stunning backdrop for a sky full of stars

Perth Hills

Make your way to the Perth Hills to find some protection from the glow of the city lights. The volunteer guides at the Perth Observatory in Bickley run stargazing nights for public visitors, where you can learn more about astronomy.

Albany and Esperance

If you’re stargazing along this part of the southern coast you may be lucky enough to witness the Aurora Australis – the colourful display of red and green lights also known as the Southern Lights.

It’s a very rare site in WA and when it does occur, it's usually only ever seen from the south.

Aurora Australis
You might be lucky enough to catch the Aurora Australis, which can only be seen in the south

Wooleen Station

Wooleen Station in the Murchison region is an awe-inspiring destination with views of the Milky Way Galaxy so close it feels like you could touch it.

As a remote location, there is very little light pollution but the station has plenty of accommodation options so you can enjoy your stargazing in comfort.

Gingin 

While Gingin isn’t too far from Perth, it’s just far enough from the bright city lights to ensure the starlit skies here are a spectacular sight.

At the nearby Gingin Observatory view the stars through telescopes and find out more about the constellations.

Gingin Observatory
See the stars and learn about constellations at the Gingin Observatory

Roebuck Bay

Broome’s Staircase to the Moon appears each month from March to October. As the moon rises, the reflection of its light on the tidal flats is a spectacular sight.

Dryandra Country

Two hours south-east of Perth in Dryandra Country there are some great camp and cabin sites that are ideal spots for seeing meteor showers or shooting stars.

The Geminid Meteor Shower in mid-December each year is best seen in the early hours of the morning. This region includes Narrogin, Wickepin, Pingelly and Cuballing.

Geminid Meteor Shower
The Geminid Meteor Shower is a sight you'll never forget

Wave Rock

Head to Wave Rock near Hyden and on a dark night you’ll be amazed at how many stars you can see directly above you, all the way to the horizon in each direction.

The dark sky and shimmering stars look stunning against the backdrop of this iconic WA landmark.

Stargazing tips and sites provided by the Stargazers Club WA

Last updated January 2018