Do you want to see the Rings of the Planet Saturn? This tour includes the use of the latest Astronomy Equipment to help you get the most out of your stargazing experience. We have a powerful computerised telescope and astro binoculars for your use so that you can see the planets and our moon in great detail. There is also the option to attach your smartphone to the telescope to take pictures.
The tour runs all year round, the night sky changes throughout the seasons and although it is a bit colder, autumn, winter and spring are one of the best times of the year to see the Milky Way and Planets in the Southern Hemisphere.
While you wait for the stars and planets to appear, enjoy a traditional Australian Barbeque Dinner with a glass of Swan Valley wine as you watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
We also visit the Swan Valley to sample wine, chocolate and honey, go sand surfing in Lancelin and do a Wildflower walk at Nilgen Nature Reserve during the wildflower season as part of this tour.
We specialise in small group tours using our modern luxury Mini Buses which allows us to drive in to the middle of the Pinnacles Desert for your Stargazing Experience. This tour regularly sells out so please book early to avoid missing out.
Your tour starts in the Swan Valley at the Margaret River Chocolate Company and Coward and Black you get to sample multi award winning wine and fresh produce. The next stop is Yahava Koffeeworks where you can sample the different coffee blends. Just in case you haven't had enough sweet treats, the next stop is the House of Honey where you can sample their wide range of locally made honey.
Sand Surfing in Lancelin
Experience the thrill of sand boarding at one of Australia’s premier sand boarding destinations, the Lancelin Sand Dunes. You will be impressed by the pure white sand and be awestruck by the giant sand dunes that can be up to three storeys high. We have our own custom made sand boards for you to use.
We now head north along the Indian Ocean Drive to The Nilgen Lookout, a beautiful picnic spot overlooking the surrounding nature reserves and the Indian Ocean. We stop here during wildflower season to do a short walk along the wildflower walking trail.
Pinnacles and Nambung National Park
After visiting the lookout, we head further north to The Pinnacles desert, a very unique Australian landscape. We get there late in the afternoon which is one of the best times to photograph the Pinnacles where the shadows of the Pinnacles create remarkable patterns and shapes that ripple over the desert sands. There are walking trails and an observation deck overlooking the Pinnacles desert.
There will be plenty of time to walk through the Pinnacles landscape and we will have a Barbeque dinner on the observation deck under the stars.
Along the way your guide will show you some of the native bushtucker growing in the area including the Quandong Tree (Wild Peach) which was used by the local Aboriginals for food and medicine and the fruit is also a favourite with the resident emu population.
After dinner, it’s now time to slow down and unwind under the stars of the stunning outback night sky. We have a large computerised telescope and Astro Binoculars which will allow you to get a close up view of the stars and some of the planets. You can even attach your smart phone to the telescope to take some stunning photos of the nightsky.
Using a laser pointer your tour guide will point out items of interest in the sky and you can hear stories of the Aboriginal Dream Time relating to the night sky. Look out for the Milky Way and see if you can spot the giant scorpion, the kangaroo or the emu in the sky. You may also see planets such as Saturn and Jupiter depending on the time of year and if you are lucky, you may get to make a wish upon a shooting star.
We provide dinner under the stars where you get to sample fresh produce from Margaret River and the Swan Valley including our famous Western Ausrtalian wines. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.
Your tour guide has an extensive knowledge of the local wildlife and vegetation as well as some of the history of the areas you will see. He can show you some of the plants traditionally used by the local Aborigines for food and medicine as well as tell you about some of the many shipwrecks off the Turquoise Coast from the early European Explorers.
- Depart Perth from your pick-up location (pick-ups between 10am and 12pm depending on time of year) and then a 25 minute drive to the Swan Valley to see Coward and Black Winery, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Yahava Koffee Works and the House of Honey.
- Head north to Lancelin to go Sand surfing in the Lancelin sand dunes.
- Drive along the spectacular Indian Ocean Drive to the Nilgen Lookout to see wildflowers in season.
- Pinnacles desert at sunset, dinner and dessert under the stars
- Star Gazing
- Time to drop you back to your accommodation, home between 9.30 and 11pm depending on the time of year.
- Camera or phone to take photos
- A hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes
- Warm clothes for the evening as the Pinnacles desert can be cold later in the day although we do have rugs in the bus
- A small bottle of water
- Telescopes and Astro Binoculars for Stargazing
- Sand boards for Sand Surfing
- Dinner and glass of wine under the stars
- Entry fees to national parks