Build an outback star deck
We need your help to raise funds to design and build an astronomy observatory, education centre and viewing platform in the South Australian Far North opal mining outpost of Andamooka. Your contribution will bring the locals, tourists and visitors closer to the stars, increase cultural literacy and kickstart our tourism industry.
We want to educate and create local jobs! Our project will upgrade Andamooka's tourism infrastructure and offerings.
Andamooka is an outback gem
Andamooka is one of Australia's last frontier opal mining settlements located in northern South Australia.
All who make the trek out to visit agree it's a town with heart and adventure. We want to attract more tourists and work with our community to build an amazing tourist attraction with heaps of educational and employment opportunities for our locals.
What will the space be used for?
+ Education centre: local outback kids will get into science, read books, learn languages and love the night skies.
+ Develop and work in partnership with Aboriginal local bush food and art cottage industries
+ Provide tools and infrastructure for Aboriginal rangers and local tour guides
+ Host the "Astronomers Anonymous" a local group of astro-holics who love to promote the night skies of the SA Outback
Why astronomy in the outback?
There is a massive global interest in the night skies, astrophotography, space, science, Aboriginal astronomy, sky phenomena, cosmic events, wildlife, wildflowers, birding, tiny homes, living off-grid, fossicking for dinosaur bones, fossils, opals and gold.
All of which can be found at the Andamooka Observatory.
Who is Andamooka Observatory?
We've recently bought a bit of land high on a hill in Andamooka and have been hosting star parties and community events from our humble building nestled in the mullock heaps.
The community interest has been huge with many townspeople and tourists enjoying informal gatherings where we stargaze, learn about aboriginal skies and enjoy local bush tucker.
One of our "moonie" nights included the use of the towns portable screen. We were able to hook it up to a telescope and show the super blue moon on the big screen. The kids and families loved it!
Here's the view from our yard. The night skies of Andamooka are incredible with zero light pollution.
How will the funds be spent?
Your money will go towards the planning, design and construction of the Andamooka Observatory Star Deck. The deck will be used to attract tourists and host stargazing events. You're not just helping to build a platform - it's a foundation for the future. We'll use it to attract tourists, employ locals, educate youngsters and kick start cottage industries.
We look forward to updating you on our progress. All reward levels of donation are hugely appreciated.