Dark Sky Gold Stars Sunset Dinner

From AUD A$290.00
  • Duration: 7 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Mannum, SA
  • Product code: GOLD SKY

Discover an enchanting journey in the heart of Australia's very first International Dark Sky Reserve. Meet the stars of the region – Astronomy guides touring you through the night sky and Aboriginal custodians welcoming you to their ancient rock shelter.

Our Sunset Dinner Tour introduces you to one of the darkest places on earth with virtually no light pollution. Recordings of the Reserve measure at 21.9 on a scale of 0 to 22.  About 300 stars can typically be seen in Southern Hemisphere urban areas, where an estimated 5000 can be seen here, including a better view of the centre of the galaxy (the Milky Way) !

Your tour meanders along the roadside path parallel to the Murray River. A popular nesting ground for cockatoos and plentiful wildlife, this farming district has its own story to tell. Cross the river on the ferry to marvel at impressive ancient cliffs and the sights from lookouts.

Tour includes:

·      Tour of the night sky by an astronomer on the Murray River clifftop

·      Use of provided red torch lights and telescope to view the night sky

·      Main meal at Swan Reach Hotel or Bowhill Store (drinks own cost)

·      Guided tour of Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Archaeological Cultural site (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat)

·      Murray River Boat Eco-Cruise  (Mon, Wed, Sun)

·      Luxury travel in small group tour vehicle/s from Mannum to the Reserve area and return

·      Insightful and light-hearted commentary about townships and locations

·      Fully enclosed trailer for transporting equipment and luggage upon request

From 1 January 2024 this tour operates to Ngaut Ngaut on Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat

       (instead of the River Boat Cruise)

This tour operates River Boat Eco Cruise on board MV Dragonfly Mon, Wed and Sun

      (instead of Ngaut Ngaut)

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Ngaut Ngaut (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat) immerse yourself in Aboriginal Dreaming at one of South Australia’s most significant Aboriginal cultural sites. The Nganguraku people will welcome you to where Aboriginals have lived in the Devon Downs (Ngaut Ngaut) rock shelter for at least 5000 years. Australia’s first archaeological excavation took place here, and you can view 12 living layers and three separate cultural stages via the boardwalk wandering around the ancient riverside cliffs. Visit the birthplace of the ‘Black Duck Dreaming’ with your guides challenge perceptions of Aboriginal culture, leaving you in awe of the resourcefulness of Australia’s Indigenous People. 

Murray River Eco Cruise (Mon, Wed, Sun) Discover the beauty of Australia’s longest river. Relax and soak-up the serenity as you gently cruise away from your normal life. Your slow journey allows you to discover this unique Australian landscape. Enjoy expert commentary about the abundant birdlife and nature at its best on board the MV Dragonfly.

Swan Reach Hotel is a very peaceful location perched on top of golden cliffs with sweeping views of the mighty Murray River. Indulge in a hearty, traditional Aussie pub meal from this prominent location, just 10kms from the Swan Reach Conservation Park – the core site of the internationally accredited River Murray Dark Sky Reserve. Bowhill Store is equally enchanting with river views and excellent meals and is often visited on our tours on Saturday nights or other times.   

Stargazing on the Cliff Top - our region has the tallest cliffs and the longest single bend along the entire length of the Murray River. Positioned in the International Dark Sky Reserve, on top of Walker Flat cliffs, you will have use of provided red torch lights and amazing viewing through powerful telescopes.  Our astronomer will guide you through the night sky of stars, constellations, planets, clusters and galaxies. The views are sure take your breath away.

*Please Note:  once you book, if your order is returned as Pending, this means the tour has not reached minimum numbers. Once others book, our system will automatically send you an email with confirmation.  If you do not receive confirmation 1 week prior to your tour, please contact our office to seek the possibility of an alternate date or refund.  Gift cards are valid for booking strictly 12 months from time of purchase. PRICE: Child 3-16 years, Adult 16 & over, Infant: 2 years and under (travel free but must be advised at time of booking and your own car seat must be supplied)  No concession price. We love children! Please note however, this Dark Sky Experience is quite a duration, and a late night return.  Children of young ages may find the tour difficult to follow. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, mindful of the enjoyment of other guests during the tour.

Photo credits: Ben Goode (Cover Photo & Big Bend Cliffs Photo) & Dave Hartley Photography, Mannum