The Backyard Universe
Stargazing & astronomy experiences
Nature, scenery, geology, food & wine tours
Heysen Trail & Fleurieu Peninsula shuttle bus services
About The Backyard Universe
Phone or SMS 0488 705 224 or 0410 335 482
If your phone call is diverted to our voicemail then don't forget to include your own phone number in your message. Otherwise we won't be able to call you back!
When we're in remote areas we carry a satellite phone, to which we divert our incoming calls (but not SMS). Wherever we are, your phone call to us is charged as a "voice call to a standard Australian mobile phone number".
Mail PO Box 235 Yankalilla SA 5203 AUSTRALIA
Bank details for Direct Payment:
The Backyard Universe Pty Ltd
BSB 633 000 (Bendigo Bank)
account 157 173 428
SWIFT code (for international payments) BENDAU3B
When paying by bank transfer, don't forget to include your name or our invoice number as a payment reference. Otherwise we won't know who the money came from and we'll regard it as anonymous donation.
Fraser blames his family for his lifelong interests in astronomy & geology. His granddad gave him an astronomy picture book for Xmas, after they had watched Comet Ikeya-Seki rounding the sun together. Soon afterwards two of Fraser's aunties irresponsibly encouraged him to collect interesting rocks from the local beaches. His mum then deliberately placed Fraser in a primary school that had its own rock and fossil collection; and had teachers who recklessly allowed their pupils to watch TV broadcasts of the Apollo moon missions instead of completing the official school curriculum. Consequently Fraser has never been able to understand long division, cursive writing, or double entry bookkeeping. Fortunately, Fraser was able to turn his childhood rock collecting into a geology degree and a 30 year career in mineral processing and exploration. This gave him even more opportunities to see interesting rocks, and spectacular night skies, and helped pay for the several telescopes he's bought or built since 1973. Since 1987 he's been sharing his astronomy passion with thousands of other people at Astronomical Society of SA viewing nights. Always while wearing shorts regardless of the air temperature. And meanwhile, interesting rocks continue to follow Fraser home...
Lorraine wonders how she got into this business but nowadays she seems to be enjoying it more than her day job. She knows where to find Zubenelgenubi, but she's still not convinced that "sillimanite" is a genuine mineral name.
Our other helpers:
From time to time we invite other experienced astronomers and scientists onto our tours to enhance the experience for all.