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Wirrina Cove night sky tour (Fleurieu Peninsula)

Held at the BreakFree Wirrina Cove resort (previously known as New Terry) throughout the year. Book your Wirrina night sky tour now.

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A 90 minute multicultural guided tour of South Australia's night sky with laser pointer and large telescope on the Wirrina Cove golf course. Enjoy an evening of traditional stargazing and modern astronomy in a small group tour with an experienced local guide. Experience a night sky that's practically as dark as the Outback but much closer to Adelaide.
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.

Some comments from previous tour guests:



*** 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 (if possible) or a refund or a conversion to a Gift Voucher.

The tour location is about 90 minutes drive from the centre of Adelaide, about 15 minutes from Normanville, about 20 minutes from the Kangaroo Island ferries, about 45 minutes from Victor Harbor (via Yankalilla), and about 60 minutes from McLaren Vale. Stay overnight at the Wirrina Cove resort. Or stay in one of the local caravan parks, Bed & Breakfasts, or other holiday accommodations. Yankalilla, Normanville, Second Valley and Carrickalinga are all just a few minutes drive away. And check out some of the other things to see and do nearby while you're here.

We recommend using your own car (or a rental car) to travel to Wirrina Cove from Adelaide, McLaren Vale or Victor Harbor. This will be much cheaper for you than travelling in our minibus, or hiring a taxi.

Dinner options before your tour include the Resort's restaurant (open from 6pm on some nights); plus several cafes and takeaways and a couple of pubs in Normanville & Yankalilla.

Accessibility:
The tour happens on the Resort's golf course. The 200 metre walking route from reception goes over brick paving, gravel/sand tracks for golf buggies, and mowed grass surfaces. There are no steps but there are gentle slopes. Previous tour groups have included baby strollers & walking frames.



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Wirrina night sky tour

Wirrina night sky tour

Wirrina night sky tour

Wirrina night sky tour

Wirrina night sky tour

Wirrina night sky tour

Wirrina night sky tour

Wirrina night sky tour

Wirrina night sky tour

Wirrina night sky tour

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The Milky Way overhead at Wirrina Cove, winter 2019


Watch a time lapse of a Wirrina night sky tour.

Give the gift of the Universe, with pre-paid Gift Vouchers for our night sky tours.


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Use your $100 Great State Experiences Voucher to book a tour with us (Sep to Nov 2021).

Book a Wirrina Cove night sky tour

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