The Backyard Universe
Multicultural night sky & astronomy experiences in South Australia
Heysen Trail & Fleurieu Peninsula shuttle bus services
Nature, scenery, geology, winery & day tours
Port Elliot night sky tour (Fleurieu Peninsula)
The 2020-21 tour season is over for this location.
Held at the western end of Ratalang Basham Beach Regional Park, Port Elliot during the summer months.
We don't use this location at other times of the year because it's frequently overcast or foggy at night ☹ We also offer this tour at Wirrina Cove throughout the year.
Click here for a regional map of our tour locations. Click here for a map of Port Elliot.
We do a multicultural tour of the constellations with our laser pointer and telescopes. You'll see stars, clusters, planets, nebulae, galaxies and more with one of Australia's most experienced astronomical guides.
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.
This is a 90 minute guided tour you won't soon forget!
*** Weather Permitting ***
Cloud Forecasts are not reliable more than 1 day in advance.
We will send a message to the mobile phone number you supplied when booking, to tell you if your tour is cancelled or not.
If your tour is cancelled, you will be offered either an alternate date or a refund or a conversion to a Gift Voucher.
The tour happens on a flat, natural soil surface covered by mowed vegetation. Strollers with small wheels may find it bumpy (the soil here develops cracks when it's dry). Car parking is available along the access road, from which you walk about 150 metres via the pedestrian gap to our telescopes.
There is a wheelchair accessible public toilet by the car park.
You can also buy Gift Vouchers for night sky tours.