When you’re filled with anxiety, questions or just general restlessness, there’s no better place to look for a soothing balm than directly up.
The stars have provided a constant source of fascination and inspiration for humans since we developed eyes. And with all the shiz going on in the world right now, stargazing is as intoxicating an activity as ever.
Now, a new tour in the Blue Mountains gives you the opportunity to take in spectacularly clear night vistas just one and a half hours from Sydney’s CBD – the perfect addition to your weekend road trip away (even if you’re flying solo).
Letting you bask in the knowledge of a real-life Astrophysicist, Stargazing Astronomy Tours run every Friday and Saturday after sunset.
“This unforgettable tour features Australia’s spectacular night sky away from the city lights,” the description says. “A wonderful opportunity to experience the Southern Sky and its celestial wonders only visible from the Southern hemisphere”.
Starting at Wentworth Falls Picnic Area (where you can take in sweeping 180-degree views of the beautiful Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary), there’ll be a quick intro on the history of the Blue Mountains through time.
Then, Astrophysicist Dimitri will share tricks and tips for spotting stars and constellations with the naked eye, before introducing you “to the celestial dance of planets, satellites, navigation, the Universe, our home Galaxy and beyond”.
Yes, you will also get the opportunity to observe through a professional-grade telescope.
This is where the exciting stuff happens — depending on the time of year and night you could see things like Saturn’s rings, the moons of Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, deep space objects such as galaxies and our iconic Milky Way; and even shooting stars.
You’ll be in excellent hands (confirmed by five-star reviews). Tour guide Dimitri has a cheeky PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics with over 10 years experience, including stints as an astronomy guide at Sydney Observatory; at Mt John Observatory, the world-renowned astronomical observatory in Lake Tekapo (New Zealand); and as an Astronomy and Field Guide at the luxury resort Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley (in the Blue Mountains).
The cherry on this astronomical pie is getting your choice of complimentary vegan hot chocolate or organic herbal teas to sip on and stay warm.
Tours start at $60pp through Airbnb Experiences and COVID restrictions are in place for your safety.
(Lead Image: Pexels / Hamish Weir)