Good… Great Heavens!

Welcome to Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park

About The Park

Imagine the night sky as it was before white man arrived to Australia.
The traditional owners, the Gamilaaray people, saw the dark body of the Emu in the Sky fly across the heavens, floating above the thousands of bright stars that surrounded them.

The night sky above the Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park today, is about as close as you may ever get to this experience.

Situated in Central West slopes, northwest New South Wales, the Australia’s first and only Dark Sky Park is 73hectares of publicly accessible land with exceptional skies. The designation, granted in July 2016, stands as a testimony to the communities of the Orana region, which steadfastly, preserve the night sky.

Recognized by the International Dark Sky Association, the park possesses an “exceptional quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.”

Australia’s largest optical telescope is within the park boundary, and shares the title of the Astronomy capital of Australia with several privately owned public observatories. This, and the world heritage-listed Warrumbungle National Park make it the perfect destination for stargazers, bushwalkers, nature lovers and those looking for a unique experience.