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Night Sky Secrets have been conducting astronomy tours & presentations across Northern Australia since 2009. Our specialty is tours featuring an aboriginal perspective on the southern skies and viewing the deep sky through large Aperture Telesco... More
Night Sky Secrets have been conducting astronomy tours & presentations across Northern Australia since 2009. Our specialty is tours featuring an aboriginal perspective on the southern skies and viewing the deep sky through large Aperture Telescopes.

Tours are conducted to coincide with a moonless sky and sometimes special celestial events such as planetary conjunctions, Comets, Nova Stars and more. So come along on one of our unique tours and delve deep into the hidden mysteries of the Southern Sky.

2018 Astronomy Dinner Tour Dates
June Mon 11th Fri 15th Mon 18th
July Tue 10th Wed 11th Fri 13th Mon 16th
August Wed 8th Fri 10th Mon 13th
Wed 15th Wed 29th Fri 31st
September Mon 3rd Wed 5th Fri 7th Mon 10th Wed 12th Fri 14th Fri 28th
October Mon 1st Wed 3rd Fri 5th Mon 8th Wed 10th Fri 12th Mon 29th Wed 31st
November Fri 2nd Mon 5th Wed 7th Wed 15th Fri 9th Mon 12th Mon 26th Last Tour-Wed 28th

** Private tours can also be arranged between December & April, but are usually arranged on short notice (3 days prior) due to highly variable Buildup and wet season conditions **

Prices*: Adults: $120 Children: $60 (6-15 y.o)

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About Night Sky Secrets Tours

Night Sky Secrets

Night Sky Secrets

Night Sky Secrets have been conducting astronomy tours & presentations across Northern Australia since 2009. Our specialty is tours featuring an aboriginal perspective on the southern skies and viewing the deep sky through large Aperture Telescopes.

Tours are conducted to coincide with a moonless sky and sometimes special celestial events such as planetary conjunctions, Comets, Nova Stars and more. So come along on one of our unique tours and delve deep into the hidden mysteries of the Southern Sky. 

Our seasonal tours are run in Far North Qld from May until November each year & are naturally weather dependant. Available Tour Dates are selected from 3 days after the full moon to 3 days after the new moon to give an essentially moonless sky & the deep sky observing opportunities that brings. Typically on a Monday, Wednesday & Friday nights.

** The Official 2018 Tour Season is now underway & we are taking bookings **

** The Official 2018 Tour Season is now underway & we are taking bookings **

Upcoming Potential Tour Dates

Regular 2018 (weather dependant): Tour Dates

2018 Astronomy Dinner Tour Dates

  • May First Tour - Tues 15th
  • June Mon 11th Fri 15th Mon 18th
  • July Tue 10th Wed 11th Fri 13th Mon 16th
  • August Wed 8th Fri 10th Mon 13th
  • Wed 15th Wed 29th Fri 31st
  • September Mon 3rd Wed 5th Fri 7th Mon 10th Wed 12th Fri 14th Fri 28th
  • October Mon 1st Wed 3rd Fri 5th Mon 8th Wed 10th Fri 12th Mon 29th Wed 31st
  • November Fri 2nd Mon 5th Wed 7th Wed 15th Fri 9th Mon 12th Mon 26th Last Tour-Wed 28th

** Private tours can also be arranged between December & April, but are usually arranged on short notice (3 days prior) due to highly variable Buildup and wet season conditions **

Who are our Tour Participants ?

Who are our Tour Participants ?

We have guests join us from all around the world, including (so far) UK, USA, Japan, China, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea & Finland to name a few as well as our Local and interstate visitors. Our tour participants range from those who have never seen a clear & unpolluted night sky to experienced astronomers.

What we do on our tours

What we do on our tours
  • Viewing from our dark sky outback location on the beautiful 5000 acre property "Kanjini", 1hr from Cairns CBD.
  • A meal shared at sunset, over astronomical discussion.
  •  Share Aboriginal Astronomy Stories and Lore with astronomy tales from the ancient world at large.
  • We reveal hidden Nebula, Galaxies, Star Clusters & Planets with large aperture telescopes & a guided tour.
  • Tours cater for the curious, through to the experienced Astronomer seeking to see the delights of our Australian skies.
  • Tours are Either self Drive Tag-a-long with a meeting point on the tablelands near Kay Rd off the Kennedy Highway between Kuranda and Mareeba (see Attached Map), or small van or coach for dedicated group tours by arrangement, returning to Cairns by 10:30pm

Prices*: Adults: $120 Children: $60 (6-15 y.o)

*(all tours are weather dependant)

Ian Maclean - Astronomy Bio

Ian Maclean - Astronomy Bio

Ian Maclean is an experienced Astronomy presenter from Northern Australia with a wealth of experience in Astronomy tours, educational outreach programs & working in indigenous communities. Ian runs seasonal Astronomy dinner tours in Far North Queensland Australia and is a guest presenter at the World Renowned Garma Festival of Indigenous culture in the Northern Territory. He is a regular correspondent in local media on all things Astronomical and an expert in optics. Ian’s work in Arnhemland NT has been recognised with a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship, he is a Member of the Australian Planetarium Society & a Fellow of the British Royal Astronomical Society.

Ian believes astronomy should be understandable and accessible to everyone and weaves this belief into his presentations to draw the listener along on an entertaining and informative journey that will make you look at the universe in a different way. He can show you how to use simple and often inexpensive tools to enhance your view and understanding of the night sky and its relationship to our history, the present and our future. Join Ian for a presentation or tour and you will never look at the night sky in quite the same way again.

We welcome your enquiry for one of our regular tours,  your specialised astronomy tour, private tour or astronomy presentation.


News By Night Sky Secrets Tours

** The Official 2018 Tour Season is now underway & we are taking bookings **

** The Official 2018 Tour Season is now underway & we are taking bookings **

By Night Sky Secrets Tours

11 Jun 2018

Our 2018 Tour Season is now in full swing & we welcome you to join us under the clear Dark Tableland Skies to discover the hidden mysteries of the night Sky.

Our tour begins with a hot dinner at sunset is followed by a guided tour of the constellations & deep sky objects, including viewing through our large Aperture telescopes. If you have been thinking of coming along on a tour all wet season, now is the time to book. The tours are self drive Tag-A-long, & and we give a locals discount !

We meet at the junction of Kay Rd & the kennedy Hwy, bookings essential. Contact us to book now.

Night Sky Secrets Tours Reviews

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0 Charmaine Mcintyre

My partner and I did the astronomy dinner tour and it was fantastic!!! It was so interesting and we were amazed by the beautiful star views. A delicious dinner was served and the tea and timtams at the end were a big hit! I can't recommend this tour enough, it is a MUST do!

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0 Rosemary Iachelini

Beautiful location, my kids loved the bush setting, the campfire, the gorgeous lake... thank you for an experience like no other. First time seeing the moon in such a close up encounter. Enjoyed learning more about the different constellations. Thanks!!

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Map for self Drive tour meeting point: Termite Fruit Veg & Take Away 3823 Kennedy Hwy, Mareeba QLD 4880


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