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Dark Sky Dreaming

Sat 19 August at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us on the evening of Saturday, August 19th, for a truly captivating experience beneath the sparkling night sky. This event promises to take you on a journey to explore the profound impact of ancient astronomers and how their intimate understanding of the celestial heavens guided them in managing their land.

Long before the advent of modern technology, these early astronomers relied on their deep knowledge of the night sky to navigate and make sense of the world around them. They observed the stars, tracked the movements of celestial bodies, and used this cosmic understanding to shape their interactions with the land. This event aims to delve into their fascinating wisdom and reveal the invaluable insights they gained through their celestial observations.

In addition to the intellectual feast that awaits you, we are delighted to offer a culinary experience that will tantalize your taste buds. Prepare to indulge in a delightful tasting of traditional bushtucker, a term that encompasses the native Australian cuisine and ingredients sourced from the vast and diverse landscapes of the country. Our skilled chefs have curated a menu showcasing this unique culinary tradition’s rich flavours and cultural heritage.

To secure your place at this exceptional event, we encourage you to act swiftly, as the number of spots available is limited, and we anticipate a high level of interest in this remarkable evening.

We look forward to welcoming you to this enchanting gathering under the stars, where you will have the opportunity to delve into the wisdom of ancient astronomers, savour the flavours of traditional bushtucker, and create lasting memories.

Dark Sky Dreaming Astronomy Night Tickets (123tix.com.au)


Sat 19 August
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Local government area


CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope
585 Telescope Road (along the Newell Highway)
Parkes, NSW 2870 Australia
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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Event listings are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Many events listed here have been originally shared by the organisers on social media. Whilst all care is taken – and accuracy is our priority – we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. Contact the event organisers listed for more details or to book tickets.

The best way to include your event is to use our SUBMIT HERE form (under the What’s On menu at the top of each page). These listings will be manually approved by the Arts OutWest team before publication.  Please allow a couple of days for listings to be published. If you have submitted an event and want to make changes just email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

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