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Discover the wonders of the cosmos on this enlightening dark sky tour! Departing Mannum, you'll enjoy a pub meal at Swan Reach Hotel before exploring an ancient rock shelter. Then, travel to a stargazer's delight perched on top of the tallest Murray River cliff and get lost in the starry night sky.
The magical starlit canopy above us tells a wonderful story. This stargazing experience will leave you starry-eyed as you learn more about the night sky from expert astronomers at the iconic River Murray Dark Sky Reserve. Departing from the picturesque town of Mannum, enjoy a scenic drive that hugs the Murray River before arriving at the Swan Reach Hotel for a hearty pub meal. Perched atop golden cliffs, take delight in spectacular views of the River as you tuck into your meal. You'll then head to an ancient rock shelter believed to be 5000 years old and one of South Australia's most significant Aboriginal cultural sites, to learn more about the Aboriginal Dreaming from your guide.
And then for the main event, you'll head to the top of Big Bend Cliffs for an awe-inspiring stargazing experience. Renowned as one of the darkest places on earth, viewers can see up to an estimated 5000 stars at this site. Settle in with a glass of bubbly and a cheese platter and feel utter bliss as you get lost in the twinkling canopy above. You'll get to peak through an amazing Orion telescope to view stars, constellations, planets, clusters and galaxies. Feel free to bring your own digital camera and tripod to receive tips on how to connect to the starry night sky.
Tour departs on demand. Minimum 6 passengers required.
Minimum of six passengers and a maximum of 11 participants.
This experience is not appropriate for spectators.
Cloud forecasts are unreliable until the day of tour departure. In the event of weather prohibiting your Dark Sky tour from proceeding, you will be contacted as soon as possible and offered to reschedule.
Flat, enclosed shoes are recommended. Dress warm as it can get cold at night time, even in summer.
Group return transfers can be organised from Adelaide CBD, Adelaide Hills, Barossa or Murray River, Lakes & Coorong region for an additional cost (other regions available please check). Recommended upgrade to Platinum Stars Package including Mannum Motel overnight and Murray River Highlights Day Tour additional cost of $255 Adult (based on 1-2 adults, double/twin share, per room, per night), and $190 Child. Contact us to book your upgrade to Platinum. Tour is designed for small groups in The Entertainer Limousine with a minimum of 6 passengers. This tour is not a private charter unless the maximum of 11 passengers is reached by numbers in your group. This means you may be sharing the ride with others. Private charters are available on request, and the full capacity fare may be charged accordingly. Other tour vehicles may be used instead of The Entertainer Limousine, please check. Own cost for drinks at Swan Reach Hotel. Itinerary subject to change without notice.
This experience departs from Mannum, SA.