Dubbo Observatory

New South Wales

Advance bookings and clear weather are essential for this fascinating chance to stargaze, which features a 90-minute presentation by local astronomer Peter Starr. You'll have access to up to six telescopes through which to explore the night sky; point out the stars, planets and constellations with a laser pointer; and take photos of the spectacular nebula – a keepsake of your time in Dubbo.

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