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Fleurieu Stars

the multicultural night sky tour

Book your Fleurieu Stars night sky tour now

(- Previously known as the Forktree night sky tour and the Wirrina night sky tour -)
Operates throughout the year from the The Forktree Project property, on the rural hills above Carrickalinga.
A 90 minute multicultural guided tour of South Australia's night sky with laser pointer and large telescope. Enjoy an outdoor evening of traditional stargazing and modern astronomy in a small group tour with an experienced local guide. All under a night sky that's nearly as dark as the Outback and an easy driving distance from Adelaide (and McLaren Vale and Victor Harbor).
We are one of a handful of astronomy tours anywhere that routinely includes night sky interpretations from non-Western cultures and from southern hemisphere indigenous cultures. Plus the modern textbook interpretations too.

The tour location is accessed from the Whitelaw Road gate (about 100 metres off Forktree Road), between Carrickalinga and Myponga. It's about 10 minutes drive from Normanville or Myponga, about 20 minutes from Second Valley, about 35 minutes from the Kangaroo Island ferries, about 40 minutes from McLaren Vale or Victor Harbor, and about 80 minutes from Adelaide city. We do not provide transport to Forktree. The location is accessible to all cars.

Nearby dinnertime options before your tour include several cafes and takeaways in Normanville, the pubs in Normanville & Yankalilla, or the Forktree Brewery.
Afterwards you can stay overnight in one of the local caravan parks, Bed & Breakfasts, or other holiday accommodations. And check out some of the other things to see and do nearby while you're here.

The tour happens outdoors on a flat area of compacted gravel near the Forktree Project's shed. It's about 50 metres walk from the car parking area and a similar distance from its toilet.

Some comments from previous tour guests:

*** Tours Are Weather Permitting ***
We will send a message to your mobile phone on the day of your tour, to tell you if your tour is weather cancelled or not.
Cloud Forecasts are not reliable until the actual day of your tour.
If your tour is cancelled, you will be offered an alternate date (if possible), a refund, or a conversion to a Gift Voucher.

Click or tap on photos for a bigger version.
laser pointer

Southern Cross

orion south


Comet Leonard c/2021 a1

Large Magellanic Cloud

proxima centauri

Magellanic Clouds at Forktree

southern Milky Way at Forktree

waiting for sunset at Forktree

waiting for sunset at Forktree

fleurieu coast: made by nature

The Milky Way overhead, winter 2019

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prices are in Australian dollars (AUD) and include GST
We may be able to do a tour at other times not bookable here, or a tour at your venue for your private group.