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Head to the stars: Barrenjoey

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Overview

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Calling all amateur astronomers to Barrenjoey Headland in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Discover astrophotography, learn about the solar system and tour Barrenjoey Lighthouse at this fun event.

When

Saturday 19 October 2019

Activities at Station Beach run from 5pm to 9.30pm

Guided tours of Barrenjoey Lighthouse run from 5.30pm to 7pm, 6.30pm to 8pm, 7.30pm to 9pm and 8.30pm to 10pm. You'll need to select a time slot for your guided tour when you book.

Where
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Medium. Suitable for adults and children 8 years and over with a moderate level of fitness. The guided tour to the lighthouse takes around 30 minutes each way.
Price

$20 per person.

Meeting point
Station Beach in front of Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach.
What to
bring
Torch, drinking water
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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Join us at Palm Beach, 1 hour from Sydney's centre, as we set out to simulate a pristine dark sky landscape. We'll be transforming Barrenjoey Headland into an observatory for 1 night only. Come along and witness the sparkly wonder of the solar system under the light of the new moon.

There's plenty to see and do at this great event, including:

  • Learning about the solar system from local astronomers and looking through one of the onsite telescopes
  • Going on a guided tour of Barrenjoey Lighthouse
  • Listening to stories about Aboriginal astronomy
  • Learning tips and tricks for night sky photography from our experienced astrophotographer. Don't forget your camera and tripod
  • Discovering why dark, natural night skies are important to animals, plants and humans
  • Enjoying a barbecue dinner and some tea, coffee or hot chocolate

If you're a nocturnal adventure seeker or solar system enthusiast, don't miss this fantastic evening under the stars. Remember to bring a headlamp or torch and a water bottle.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am the rest of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am the rest of the year.
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Buy a pass
    • Bobbin Head Information Centre
      02 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
    • Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah NSW 2080
    • Email: bobbin.head@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse. Photo: Kevin McGrath