Greenough to host spectacular event under the stars

Published on Wednesday, 22 March 2023 at 9:16:06 AM

Stargaze in Greenough

Picture Caption: Stargaze in Greenough will offer a world-class view of the night sky.

A world-class view of the night sky will be the headline act of a special stargazing event taking place in Greenough next month.

Regarded as a first class dark sky tourism destination, ‘Stargaze in Greenough’ will make its way to the region as part of the Astrotourism Eclipse Discovery Tour.

As well as taking in some of the night skies’ spectacular star clusters and constellations – attendees will be able to enjoy live music, cultural performances, a smoking ceremony and educational presentations.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the unique event will deliver a cultural feast for all attendees.

“This event will showcase just how lucky we are to live in the Midwest with dark skies making for a perfect backdrop to showcase the phenomenal celestial bodies above us,” he said.

“Not only will viewing through telescopes be an absolute treat, but event-goers will also enjoy a Welcome to Country, Aboriginal dance, live music from Alexia Parenzee and an Eclipse Discovery Tour presentation.

“We’re extremely happy to be part of the Eclipse Discovery Tour and we hope our community shows their interest so we can continue to welcome these types of astrotourism events.”

Celebrating the Ningaloo Total Solar Eclipse which will take place in Exmouth on 20 April, the Eclipse Discovery Tour is a series of stargazing events around Western Australia.

Stargaze in Greenough is a free event and will take place on Friday 14 April from 5pm - 9pm.

Held at the Central Greenough Settlement, there will be a free bus shuttle service leaving from the QEII Centre at 4:30pm and returning at 9pm. Limited seats are available and you must email to secure your spot on the shuttle bus.

There will be telescopes available for visitors to view through but event-goers can also bring their own telescope or binoculars.

People are also encouraged to BYO chairs, torches, warm clothes, fly nets and insect repellent. Food and drink will be available to purchase at the café.

This Eclipse Discovery Tour is made possible by funding from Tourism WA, CSIRO, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Scitech and Curtin University.

The event is also supported by Astrotourism WA and 18 regional local governments, including the City.

To book your free tickets now, head to Eventbrite. 

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