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The 4 best caravan sites for winter stargazing in Queensland

person staring up a milky way stars

Winter is the perfect time to stargaze in Queensland. The weather is more consistent and there is more chance of having a clear sky. However your chances of seeing the stars also heavily depends on the phases of the moon. If the moon is full and bright the stars can be washed out and less visible.

Here are the best caravan parks in Queensland to stargaze from:

1. Winton, QLD
Matilda Country Tourist Park in the town of Winton, QLD might be the number one stargazing destination in all of Australia. In April 2019 the town received Australia’s first international certification as a Dark Sky Sanctuary. There are only 14 certified sites worldwide, so it’s a particularly impressive achievement for a small town in Australia. The Matilda Country Tourist Park has both powered and unpowered sites available. Enjoy their nightly live music and bush poets to experience the true spirit of the outback.

2. Charleville, QLD
Evening Star caravan park in the tiny town of Charleville is home to one of the few observatories where you can stargaze both day and night. When the sun is up, you can attend a range of astronomy tours at the Cosmos Centre, including the sun viewing, which uses a special telescope to let you gaze directly at the surface of our planet’s closest star. The Evening Star tourist caravan park is pet friendly and has powered and unpowered sites available. Evening star gazing tours are offered on site and you can bring a drink and your pet with you as well!

3. Rainbow Beach, QLD
Carlo Sandblow at Rainbow Beach is a scenic getaway perfect for soaking up the beauty of the night sky. The Sandblow is an easy 600-metre walk from the carpark off Cooloola Drive, and the sandscape makes a dramatic setting in the starlight. You’ll have a wonderful view of the stars because there is very limited light pollution. The Rainbow Beach Holiday Village is only a 20 min walk from Carlo Sandblow.

4. Bunya Mountains National Park, QLD
Bunya Mountains is significantly known as one of the naturally darkest skies in the world with very minimal light pollution. Grab yourself a picnic rug, a bottle of wine, nibbles and organise a picnic under the stars. The unique wilderness area for star gazing is in the national park you can stay at the Dandabah campground which is perfect for caravans and motorhomes.