Hosted by Down Under Discoveries and Perth Observatory, this will take place, as the name implies under a new moon. At this time the stars are at their brightest and it is a wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty of the Milky Way in a starry night sky.
There is also something magical about hiking at night, using the stars as a light source. There is no heavy traffic around which is often the case during the day and you can experience the beauty of nature in peace and stillness.
Due to this stillness, our senses are generally heightened, and our eyes must adjust to the lower light. Our ears will also be hearing sounds in this silence as we walk during the night.
We will then hear noises we are not familiar with and this can lead to our imaginations running overtime! In turn, this can make us afraid, however, if we let ourselves stay "in the moment" we will see that there is also beauty in darkness.
On this hike, you will enjoy an evening supper of Bushtucker slices, biscuits and Bliss Balls with Warndu Bushtucker herbal tea before you go on to explore a starry night sky.
This will be a one hour experience, where you can admire the amazing night sky through a 10" Dobsonian Telescope. The staff from the Perth Observatory will take you on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere's sky. This will include a wide range of targets, including the following:
Enormous star clusters
The wonder of the Milky Way
Wow! This is going to be a fabulous event to go to! oin the guide, and walk beneath the stars. Enjoy while you explore the trails and the sky after dark - see the wonders of nature.
The hike is a leisurely 3 km hike along a section of the Bibbulmun Track. It will pass through mixed Jarrah Forest and the varied terrain of the Beelu National Park.
If it is a cloudy night, the following Perth Observatory policies apply:
Perth Observatory tours are designed to operate in clear, cloudy and wet conditions.
Their tours contain a combination of star viewing, equipment tours, astro-photography, history and education. This is given by specially trained group of staff and volunteers.
The exact content of a tour will vary based on the weather conditions at the time. Tickets booked for a tour will not be refunded when cloudy conditions are forecast in the lead up to a tour. It is extremely common that forecasted cloudy conditions do not happen to the extent that viewing is not possible.
There are exceptions to this and these are:
If a ticket holder previously attended a tour and that last attended tour was deemed by the observatory to be a cloudy tour, that ticket may be transferred to an alternate date.
If the Bureau of Meteorology have in place a Severe Weather Warning for the Perth Metropolitan region, for the time of the tour, or within 6 hours of the tour start time, tours during the hours defined by the Severe Weather Warning will be cancelled.
In the event of a severe weather warning, the decision to cancel the tour will be made on the day of the tour and all ticket holders will be contacted using details they have provided when booking.
You can read the full statement re this, and more here.
You can read more about this new moon hike at this website, and also book at this site.