Greg Quicke's ASTRO TOURS:

THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY TO THE STARS

Delivering intensely practical astronomy to humanity since 1995!

Scroll down to 'Stargazing Tours' for full details on the Broome stargazing schedule or if you know what you want already, hit the booking button above ....... and below.......

 

Breaking News!!! Greg is now on TV as the 'practical astronomer' for the BBC and ABC "Stargazing Live" program with Professor Brian Cox. It aired live into the UK 28, 29 and 30 March 2017 and across Australia 4, 5 and 6 April. Links below. The BBC audience dubbed Greg #spacegandalf and went a bit mad on twitter for the outback astronomer @GregQuicke from #broome in the wild #kimberley region of #westernaustralia

Stargazing Live

Episode 1 The Milky Way

Episode 2 Planets

Episode 3 Aliens

Back To Earth: Stargazing Live

Episode 2

Episode 3

And links to some of the clips on the BBC's Stargazing Live Australia aired a week earlier into the UK.

Songlines of Indigenous Australians

Astronomer Greg Quicke learns from Dr Noel Nannup how Indigenous Australians read the night sky, and how ancient pathways are helping people navigate this vast land even today.

Is the Moon upside down?

Astronomer Greg Quicke gets in a spin to explain why the night sky looks different in Australia compared to the UK.

Coral and the Moon

Astronomer Greg Quicke finds out how unlocking coral's unique relationship with the Moon could help scientists save the Great Barrier Reef.

 
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BROOME'S ASTRONOMY EXPERIENCE

"Giving people a living breathing conscious experience of being on a planet that is turning as it hurtles through space is our most profound task with Astro Tours.

With this experience comes an ability to see things for what they really are, to see yourself in relation to the whole and to know that everything is on track. So relax, have fun and enjoy the ride."

Greg Quicke

 

STARGAZING TOURS

Broome's Astronomy Experience a 2-hour educational and entertaining mind bender using big telescopes, lasers and fun under some of the best stargazing skies on the planet. 

You'll find Greg Quicke running star shows for the public from April to October at the Astro Tours dark site an easy (for any type of car) 20 minutes drive out of Broome, Western Australia. We provide a transfer option if you don't have a car.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

The availability schedule comes up when you click the  booking button. With a growing national and international TV presence, availability of Greg to run the public star shows in Broome is at a premium. We recommend that you check the online schedule and book now to make sure to get in on the night that you want. We recommend that you make a booking for early in your visit to Broome (depending on the moon phase of course). This will give you some fallback dates just in case of a cancellation due to weather or any other cause.

CANCELLATIONS

You can cancel or change your booking via email or phone with no charge at any time with half a days notice.

THE BEST NIGHTS

The shows run at different times on different nights starting as early as 6pm and as late as 8pm for the 2 hour show. This allows us to access different parts of the ever changing sky. For instance, if there are planets around early in the night, they may be gone by the later start time. Or perhaps there are late rising planets that you will only see on a late show. Every night of the year is different! We adjust show times to suit moonrises, later sunsets after equinox in September and other planetary conditions.

DARK MOON NIGHTS

Starting from 2 or 3 days after full moon are the dark sky nights running all the way through to almost 1st quarter moon, 2 1/2 weeks later. These nights are ideal, giving us access to deep space and all that it has to offer.

MOONLIT NIGHTS

After 1st quarter moon and running up until just after the full moon day, the moon takes away the brilliance of the Milky Way and it becomes more difficult to see the stars. We still run some shows as we have found that some of you are only here at this time and still want to see the show and tune into everything that Greg has to share with you. We still make a great night of it, although if you have a choice, choose the dark moon nights. Also the moon itself is absolutely amazing to see up close in our telescopes.

 

 

TUNING IN TO THE SEASONS

Coming out with us once will give you a snapshot in time of our continuous journey through space. Coming regularly will build on this and reinforce what we started together while adding in other elements that really can only be gained by you experiencing them through the passage of time. We measure this time with the very journey of our planet through space! To consciously experience this journey will literally take you time! Season Tickets are available.

WHAT ELSE WILL WE LEARN

While we are setting you up to watch the earth turn and to achieve Earth Turning Consciousness in your life, we'll teach you star names, constellations and where to find the planets. We'll reinforce this as much as we can throughout the night with the idea of you finding at least a few things in the sky the next night with confidence!

HOW TO GET THERE

You can opt for: A HOTEL MINIBUS TRANSFER, or save yourself some $$ with an easy for any car, 20 minute SELF DRIVE to our dark site next to the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park on the Broome Highway. Drive and parking instructions come on your booking confirmation email.

CHILDREN

Our starshows are directed at the ADULT MIND although your well behaved children with a good attention span are welcome! Please consider this carefully when booking in with children, particularly on our late shows. The little ones do tend to go to sleep!

INCLUDED

The show includes hot chocolate, biscuits and Breaking News! We are testing some new improved comfy stargazing chairs this year! This will be great news for our regulars who will be used to our folding camp stools.

OPTIONAL

Bring binoculars if you have some. Otherwise, use ours! We sell them too!

 

 

IMPORTANT: Night time temperatures at our bush site can drop to less than 10 degrees during June, July and August. Bring warm clothing, covered footwear is best and most importantly, a ready, clear and sharp mind!

More Breaking news!!!!

Greg is now on TV as the 'practical astronomer' for the BBC and ABC "Stargazing Live" program with Professor Brian Cox. It airs live into the UK 28, 29 and 30 March 2017 and across Australia 4, 5 and 6 April.

 

PRICES 2017/18

 

SELF DRIVE

Adult: $75

Child (u/16): $45

WITH HOTEL TRANSFERS

Adult: $95

Child (u/16): $65

 

Our prices are set to reflect commissions, GST and credit card fees as well as the fact that unlike other tour operations that may be able run multiple tours per day, we only have one time slot per day. We are also totally dictated to by the weather including a wet season that shuts us down for 5 months of the year. Having said that, we are very approachable to adjust prices in genuine cases of need if the request is accompanied by a smile. The setup is fairly intense with up to 500kg of telescopes to be lifted and set up before you arrive and the same heavy lifting after you have gone home. This is the bit you pay me for. I do the shows for free!

 
 
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GREG'S LONG AWAITED FIRST BOOK:

EARTH TURNING CONSCIOUSNESS-

an Exercise in Planetary Awareness

 

Click the picture to buy, $29.99

ALSO AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT GALLERY SOBRANE

15 Dampier Terrace, Broome, Western Australia and

33 Station Street, Bowral, New South Wales.

EARTH TURNING CONSCIOUSNESS: AN EXERCISE IN PLANETARY AWARENESS

This book is a response to the thousands of people who have been asking for a follow up to the journey they have begun with us at Astro Tours.

Greg Quicke has been delivering intensely practical astronomy in live performance to tens of thousands of people since 1995. His live star shows in Broome, Western Australia, are packed out all through the 'dry' season when the skies are consistently clear. Other Australian and international locations are increasingly on the play-list for Greg's stimulating articulations of the sky.

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the earth's rotation will have carried you 10 or 11 kilometres away from where you started, the earth's journey around the sun will have thrown you 7 or 8 hundred kilometres along its orbit and our entire solar system will have travelled 6 or 7 thousand kilometres through space on its way around the Milky Way Galaxy. Are you having fun yet?

This book is a manual that you can use to see these movements for yourself and make them real in your life.

"Why didn't anyone show us this before?" is the most common question we hear at Astro Tours.

You will discover how easy it is to:

  •        See which way the earth is turning;
  •        See which way the earth is going around the sun;
  •        Make these movements a real part of your life;
  •        Learn to speak as if these movements are real; and
  •        Learn to step into earth turning consciousness.

Published by Wilkinson Publishing, Collins Street, Melbourne and due for release October 2016.

 
 
 
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GREG QUICKE: WHO IS THIS GUY?

Hi, I’m Greg Quicke and I’m delighted you are here on my site checking it out. 

I’ve had a few “ahaaa” moments about lots of things in my life, just as I’m sure you have. I’ve been sharing a few of mine about our place in the universe with groups of people for a few years now. I love watching peoples eyes light up when they have a few “ahaas” of their own and this is what tends to happen when we come together under the stars at Astro Tours. 

On my way to making a living as an astronomer, I’ve had lots of fun just doing whatever the next thing seemed to be. I went from high school to James Cook University to do Marine Biology. I got bored fairly quickly with looking in microscopes so I quit and went pearl diving in Broome instead. That was fun and I figured out how the tides work from watching the moon while I was at it. This was my first real astronomical step.

I like figuring things out and because I’ve always ridden motorcycles, I figured out how to keep them going. This ability extended fairly quickly into my next career as a mechanic fixing bikes, cars and trucks. I eventually ran my own business servicing Mack and Kenworth trucks, Harley Davidsons and heavy earthmoving gear. This work often took me out of Broome and into the wilder parts of the Kimberley region where standard sleeping arrangements are a swag under the stars. The only roof available and the only one needed for most of the year, was the Milky Way. I didn’t know anything about stars when I started although like anybody else, I was easily blown away with wonder and awe at the incredibly beautiful starscapes of the Kimberley.

I got to figuring things out again and started tuning in to the movements of the earth travelling through space. This really blew me away and the internal workings of a Harley v-twin started to look a bit too easy. I bought a telescope. It was big. Everyone wanted to look in it. I started talking, thinking that i was saying things that everyone already knew. “keep talking” was the response, so after a few years of encouragement from friends, fellow business colleagues and interested corporate and individual customers, i started Astro Tours in July of 1995.

The rest is history and Astro Tours continues to delight me in its ability to reach people in powerful yet simple ways while providing me with the means to continue sharing the simple insights that still pour quite regularly into the top of my head. I’m writing a book on a life spent amongst the stars, I’m running star shows, I’m presenting to school groups, corporate groups and to amazingly switched on groups of people who come together seemingly at random to join my regular shows.

I’m still riding bikes, surfing, I love my garden, chi gung on cable beach in the mornings and meditating in rhythm with the moon cycle. Amidst the chaos, the stars and planets are regular and display an amazing synchronicity, harmony and resonance with each other. It seems to me that everything is exactly in its right place, having exactly the right relationships with exactly the right timings so it may be worth considering that we are too.

 

Cheers

 

 
 
 

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ASTRO SCHOLARSHIPS

How would you like to spend some time with Greg Quicke under the awesome night skies of the wild Kimberley region of Western Australia for a week, a month, 3 months or more? Astro Scholarships will let you do just that! What's the deal? You help me and I will help you. Instead of paying $225 for 3 shows a week or $900 for 12 shows a month or $2700 for 36 shows over a 3 month journey of the earth going around the sun, you get to help with the setup to pay your way.

You'll learn check in procedures, help set out chairs and usher people to their chairs in the dark. You get to stir our famous hot chocolate, making sure that everyone gets one. You'll learn how to set up and use telescopes. They are big. There will be some heavy lifting. You'll be helping to guide people to the eyepieces and while you are at it, you'll pick up some familiarity with the ever changing night sky so that you can help let people know what they are seeing. 

In return, you get to sit down and enjoy the show each night. You get to set the telescopes and to play with them to your hearts content after everyone has gone home. There is a progression with every night being a slightly different presentation because the earth has moved that bit further around the sun, week by week and month by month. Absorbing everything that Greg talks about on a regular show is nigh on impossible, so you get to reinforce it in your own life experience. 

Who will you be? You will be physically fit, clean living, presentable, smoke free and ready to learn. You will be able to respond to the needs of the people on the night and to take instruction easily. You might be an astronomy or astrophysics student, keen to add some practicality to your theoretical and academic studies. You might be post graduate looking to broaden your horizons. You might be a budding or experienced astro photographer. You might even have a lifetime of experience under the sky yourself and simply want to gain some new perspectives and contribute some of your own. You might also simply see this as your next calling, your next step in life.

If this sounds like you and you can commit a block of time to this, you would be required for 3 or more nights a week for up to 5 hours a night to run the 2 hour show. Some nights are a 4pm start and you'd be finished by 9pm. Other nights we start setting up at 6pm and finish the pack up by 11pm. The schedule each month is set out on the booking page linked below. This would leave you free to work a day job or take on night work on the nights with nothing on the schedule. There is no remuneration as we will be exchanging services. However, in some cases there may be a meal allowance available. There is some flexibility in the hours and in the days. Communication is gold! 

It is easier if you have your own car. If not we can sort you out with a ride. You will need your own accomodation in Broome, Western Australia. Our stargazing season runs from April through October although there will be breaks in that schedule when I will be filming for television, off running corporate stargazing gigs in exotic locations or up the coast camping out on a writing retreat.

To apply, send an email with Astro Scholarships as the title. Tell me who you are and why you think this would be a good thing for you and for Astro Tours and for the rest of humanity too. Let me know your best availability and how long you can commit. We'll go through a trial period to see if we are good to go. We'll then do our best to allocate you the time slot that you have asked for.

Sharing the night sky is my passion. Having you come and absorb the wonders of living on a round planet that is turning as it hurtles through space helps me to spread this profound message even further. I look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 
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GROUPS

SCHOOLS

Astro Tours has been serving local schools in Broome and through the Broome Camp School since 1995. We do big discounts for schools because we believe in encouraging youth.

 
 

CORPORATE & EXCLUSIVE EVENTS

We love corporate events and can set one up from scratch or come to your event and add our special magic to its spectacle. Here’s a few options for you:

 
 

ASTRONOMY EXPERIENCE WITH THE LOT

You can have the lot with big telescopes, tables set with white linen under glorious Kimberley skies and our chef feeding you a gourmet seafood barbecue while you listen to some home grown live music inspired by the very land you find yourself in! 

MCing the event, you’ll have access to Greg’s half-a-lifetimes experience living under the stars to entertain you with some mind blowing insights into our local area of space using electric green lasers to point out stars, constellations and deep space delights.

A night of telescopes, fine food, entertainment and unforgettable memories that will exceed your expectations. Let us know your budget.

A SIDE ORDER OF ASTRONOMY

We bring a fleet of big telescopes to your event. Greg MCs using lasers and powerful analogy to introduce you to the sky in a way you may never have thought about before. 

We’ll work around your catering and coordinate your event into a memorable and entertaining night with astronomical titbits and spectacular telescopic views mixed in between hors douvres, main course and desert. Starting at $4500.

BARE BONES STAR SHOW WITH ALL THE WOW STILL INTACT

Greg walks on with lasers blazing and a presentation that will blow your mind. Telescopes are one thing. Finding out about where you are in the universe is another. 

You can have Greg for a quick 10 minute WOW around the sky or put him on for an hour with time for questions that relate to the nature of reality itself. We leave the telescopes home for this one so your set up costs are minimal with still enough punch to have you talking all night. Starting at $2500.

 

CONFERENCE ORGANISERS

Book any of these events for your most valued clients and have absolute confidence in us providing them with an experience that is truly out of this world. Here are some of our treasured corporate clients:

 
 
 
 
 
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SATISFIED CUSTOMERS

 
 
 
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CONTACT

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You can also call Greg on 0417 949 958