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."
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 20 minutes drive out of Broome, Western Australia.
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 Event Calendar 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 in case of a cancellation due to weather or any other cause.
Our beautifully dark bush setting is out on the Broome Highway, right next door to the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, a must do while you are in Broome. You can opt for: A HOTEL MINIBUS TRANSFER, or save yourself some $$ with a 20 minute SELF DRIVE. It is an easy drive for any type of car on a sealed road except for the last 500m of hard packed dirt. Clear directions are delivered with your booking confirmation email.
RENTING A CAR IN BROOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION
2 local companies, BROOME BROOME CAR RENTALS and SUNRISE CAR HIRE will allow you to drive out to Astro Tours. Most of the bigger car hire companies like Thrifty, Budget, Avis and Europe will not let you use your car out of the town limits after dark. Hertz are open to it if you ask them nicely.
You can cancel or change your booking via email on the Contact page 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 STARRY 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 are the best nights, giving us access to deep space and all that it has to offer.
There is a week following 1st quarter moon and ending 2 days after full moon when the bright moon makes it difficult to see anything except the brightest stars and planets. We run a few nights early in this week for those who simply must come and close for the rest. The detail on the moon itself is absolutely amazing in our telescopes! We still make a great night of it, although if you have a choice, choose the dark starry nights.
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!
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. The little ones do tend to go to sleep!
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.
Bring binoculars if you have some. Otherwise, use ours! We sell them too! Check out our TELESCOPES page.
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!
Our prices are set to reflect commissions, GST and credit card fees as well as the fact that unlike other operations that may be able run multiple tours per day, we have one time slot per day and we rely on Greg being rested and sharp so that he can deliver the best for you. 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 each night is intense with up to half a ton 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 for. You get the show for free!