Grab Some Snacks, We’ve Found Brisbane’s Best Stargazing Spots

Grab Some Snacks, We’ve Found Brisbane’s Best Stargazing Spots

It’s not so bad having your head in the clouds.

By Sierra Haigh | 18th December 2019

Whether you want to channel a romantic movie moment or generally intrigued by our sparkly sky, stargazing is an underrated activity. A great date night idea or soothing evening routine, it’s a must-do at some point. And, the regional areas of Brisbane have the perfect stargazing viewing points, so it’s easier than ever to pick up a mini telescope or pair of binoculars and hit the road in search of the brightest star. To narrow it down, we’ve found the most easily accessible stargazing locations for you to explore!

Moreton Island

With the fast sunsets and pitch-black skies that follow, it’s no wonder Moreton Island made the cut! With only the lightest touch of cityscape, you’ll feel like your miles away from the city, making for the perfect vantage point to gaze upon the heavens. Pack a few snacks, a set of binoculars, and a torch, and you’ll be set for a trek around Moreton Island, navigating by the stars (or the trails).

 

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Mount Coot-Tha

To the east of Mount Coot-Tha is Brisbane and all of its glorious cityscapes and city lights, but on the western side, is serenity, darkness, and the ultimate star-gazing spots! Take the squad or your SO for a trip around the mountain and visit the peaceful scenery of Mount Coot-Tha and beyond. Pro tip: the less moon in the sky, the more stars you’ll find. Full moons are pretty, but make it hard to see the rest of the night sky!

 

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Somerset Park Camp Ground

Take your star-gazing skills up a notch and camp out under the stars! With so many options for where you can go and what you can do at these campgrounds, you’ll be able to find the perfect spot in no time! Grab a kayak and head out on the lake, spread a picnic blanket out on the grass and kick back, or sit at one of the park benches and just gaze upwards. The sky’s the limit, so don’t be afraid to mix it up!

 

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Redcliffe Jetty

That’s right, the picturesque, Instagram-worthy jetty just got even better. Once the sun sets behind you, cast your sights above and take in the beauty of the star-bright sky. It’s perfect if you’re interested in the moon itself, due to its eastern-facing composition. Don’t forget to give the sun some lovin’ too! The warm orb that lights up our skies daily is also a star, and Redcliffe jetty is the perfect location to watch it rise over the waters.

 

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Carlo Sand Blow

Fancy a beach-side, star-lit getaway? The Carlo Sand Blow is perfect for just that! Four kilometres south of Rainbow Bay, and 600m from the nearest car park, the sand blow is ideal for beach-bum-turned-amateur-stargazer. Be sure to bring a towel to sit on the sand, and layers of warm clothes. That ocean breeze is chilly at night, but the view of thousands of glinting stars makes the chill worth braving.

 

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Lake Moogerah

Just under an hour away from Brisbane itself lies Lake Moogerah. With its picturesque landscapes and still waters, the lake is perfect for setting up camp during the day and watching the sky change from bright to night. Pick any of the installed benches and picnic areas to settle and get a comfortable view of the night sky, or drive around the lake until you find the perfect view for yourself.

 

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Sir Thomas Planetarium

If the weather is too cloudy or you’re just not keen on going on a nighttime adventure, you can always hit up the planetarium in Brisbane. Get on board with any of the activities within the centre, or explore the planets by yourself. Either way, you can get up-close-and-personal with astronomy equipment, and even try your hand at using amateur telescopes and binoculars! Prep yourself for future starlit expeditions and learn hot tips from the pros about how to get the perfect starry-eyed view.

 

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