Photo Credit Alex Cherney
Photo Credit Alex Cherney

You've never seen the stars shine as brightly as they do in the Gascoyne Murchison. Due to the clear night skies typical of the area the Murchison region has been chosen as the location for the world's largest telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).  Australia will share the project with South Africa and the construction of the telescope will help researchers and astronomers answer fundamental unanswered questions about our Universe.

The Gascoyne Murchison region was chosen, among other reasons, due to the low levels of radio frequency interference and the long term sustainability of the region as a radio quiet zone.

So, make sure you have a star gazing guide handy before you begin your travels of the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways and take advantage of the clear skies for some magnificent star gazing along your way.


From ancient Aboriginal observations, to present futuristic radio astronomy projects in the Murchison region, Mount Magnet celebrates the importance of astronomy and rocks. A collaborative project, the Astro Rocks Fest is a weekend event, commencing Friday 17th September.

Join the organisers to discover the awesome Universe above and ancient rocks beneath our feet.

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Star Trails in the Gascoyne Murchison