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Port Elliot stargazing tour (Fleurieu Peninsula)
Held at the western end of Ratalang Basham Beach Regional Park, Port Elliot during the summer months (October to March). 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 McLaren Vale and 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. We'll show you the magnificent night sky through our large, powerful telescopes. You'll see stars, clusters, planets, nebulae, galaxies and more with one of Australia's most experienced astronomical guides.
This is a 90 minute guided tour you won't soon forget!
Enter via the Port Elliot Holiday Park's access road, and look for our red flashing lights. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to starting time.
Group pricing applies for 10 or more persons in a single booking. If your group is a school please contact us to discuss customising the tour to your curriculum.
*** If the weather is unfavorable for astronomy, we will contact you and offer either an alternate date or refund ***
What to bring:
- dress warmly (even in summer it gets cold in the evenings)
- (optional) a small red torch, so you don't destroy your night vision with a white torch
- (optional) a chair to sit on, if you're unaccustomed to standing outdoors for long periods
Where to sleep afterwards:
- The Port Elliot Holiday Park is within walking distance, offering camping, caravan and onsite cabins.
- Victor Harbor, Goolwa and the smaller towns in between them are all only a few minutes drive away. The Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre and the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre are both open 7 days/week, and they both have lists of the numerous local accommodation providers.
- The centre of Adelaide is about 1.5 hours drive away, at the times we finish our tours. Beware of wandering wildlife and fog on the roads after sunset.
The tour happens on a flat, natural soil surface covered by mowed vegetation. Walking frames or 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.
We also offer Gift Vouchers for these tours.
Download our Public tour schedule for Oct 2018 to March 2019.