Australia, due to its large land area and small population is endowed with minimal Light Pollution and consequently very dark skies.
Because most of the population live on the coastal fringe, its not necessary to travel far inland to reach truly dark skies.
In the case of the River Murray Dark Sky Reserve, an 90 minute drive from the airport in the State capital, Adelaide, passing through rolling hills and vineyards, will take you to skies that routinely register 21.9 with a Sky Quality Meter. The Reserve is in the rainshadow of the Adelaide Hills and is known for its low rainfall and clear skies.
The River Murray Dark Sky Reserve is surrounded by some of Australia’s most famous wine growing regions, and visitors can step backwards in time with a paddle steamer cruise on the River Murray.
We are currently in the process of applying to the International DarkSky Association for formal accreditation as a DarkSky Reserve. We hope to receive approval soon.
The website is sponsored by the Mid Murray Landcare (SA) Inc. Please check their website for information about the local environment. They run volunteer workshops, a community nursery, as well as a bat watch program.
The SkippySky website contains forecasts of useful stuff for astronomers, such as cloud cover, temperature, etc. It's also useful for landscape photographers and farmers who want to check the wind before spraying their crops.
Meldanda is a 40 hectare property situated along the River Marne just outside of Cambrai. The property was bequeathed to the Cambrai Area School Council so the young people of the district could appreciate native flora and fauna.
Mid Murray Landcase SA
Mid Murray Landcare SA is a community based organisation that works collaboratively with the local community, environmental groups, NR SA MDB Board and the Mid Murray Council to achieve on ground projects to benefit the environment and wider community.