Bush Tucker Café

Come join us at Gwoonwardu Mia for a unique culinary experience! As part of our Solar Eclipse festivities, we are excited to present our daily Bush Tucker cafe experience. This immersive experience will take you on a culinary journey as you discover the flavours and ingredients of local Aboriginal cuisine. The menu will feature a variety of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients such as bush fruits, herbs, and meats. You’ll be able to sample a range of dishes, including mouth-watering roasted meats, baked damper bread, and more. The Bush Tucker cafe experience is an unforgettable way to experience the culture and cuisine of Australia’s Indigenous people. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste, learn, and explore at Gwoonwardu Mia as part of our Solar Eclipse festivities!


14 April – 19 April 2023

21 April – 25 April 2023

Please note, the venue will be closed 20 April 2023

*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change 

Visions of the Cosmos by Dr John Goldsmith

Visions of the Cosmos is an astrophotography exhibition presented by Celestial Visions. It is a collaborative exhibition and showcases superb astro-landscape photography, featuring Western Australian, Australian, and international locations. Dr John Goldsmith will be in Carnarvon to launch the exhibition at the Carnarvon Library & Art Gallery on 14 April 2023

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*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change 

Solar Eclipse Markets

Join us for the Solar Eclipse Markets at the Carnarvon Civic Centre, it is the perfect place for families, astronomy enthusiasts, and local businesses to gather and celebrate the rare celestial event. During the week of Solar Eclipse festivities, the Civic Centre will be transformed into a bustling hub of excitement and activity. Come and browse the stalls filled with unique and locally made gifts, souvenirs, and handmade crafts. Sample some of the finest local delicacies from the region, as well as mouth-watering food and seasonal local produce.
The Solar Eclipse Markets will be open from 8am to 11.30am Saturday the 15th and Saturday the 22nd of April, and from 10am to 4pm Thursday the 20th of April.

*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change 

Premier Screening of Avatar – The Way of the Water

It is time to walk the red carpet at the highly anticipated adult-only screening of the new release of the Avatar as part of the Solar Eclipse festivities in Carnarvon! Join us for a night of glamour, excitement and a breathtaking visual experience at the Camel Lane Cinema. This exclusive event is designed for adults only and will feature a red-carpet arrival, where you can mix and mingle with fellow movie enthusiasts. As you make your way into the Cinema, enjoy a glass of champagne or a signature cocktail, and immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of the night. The screening of the new release of Avatar will be presented in stunning 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos sound, making you feel as if you are actually in Pandora.

*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change 

Stargazing Sessions – with Astrotourism WA Astronomy Guides in Koobooroo Oval

What’s up in the night sky? The spectacular stars in the Milky Way Galaxy are waiting for you to see in these incredible stargazing sessions on our telescope fields at Koobooroo Oval.
Explore the night sky with Astrotourism WA Astronomy Guides and volunteers. See an amazing green laser pointer tour of the southern hemisphere night sky constellations. Everything you need will be supplied for you to view the incredible stellar objects, including Venus, the Southern Cross, Magellanic Clouds, star clusters, nebulae and much more.
This is a rare opportunity for this kind of stargazing in the glow of a solar eclipse – so don’t miss out! Bookings are not necessary. Sessions run from 6.45 pm to 9.15pm with the Green Laser Pointer Tours repeated at 7 pm, 7.45 pm and 8.30 pm nightly in Koobooroo Oval – just next to Federation Park.

*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change 

The Wallal Experiment and Einsteinian Physics – in the Ningaloo Centre

Emeritus Professor David Blair, Australian physicist and professor at the University of Western Australia and Director of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre, will host a fun and exciting talk about the Wallal Experiment and Einsteinian Physics at the Ningaloo Centre.
The Wallal Experiment was a momentous event that proved Einstein’s theory of relativity – right here in WA! A family-friendly show, these talks delight everyone from primary school kids to grandparents, science enthusiasts to those starting out on their scientific understanding. Everyone is encouraged to bring friends – and questions!
Einsteinian Physics is an exhibition and a series of engaging, mind-bending, and intriguing STEM activities for children and families. See first-hand the Einstein First Team do live eclipse simulations and show you earth-moon orbital dynamics on the spacetime simulator!
No need to book – just come along!

*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change 

2022 Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition at the Ningaloo Centre

Astronomy and Art – it’s all on at the Ningaloo Centre.
Visitors are invited to see an exhibition of Western Australian astrophotography at The Ningaloo Centre Tantabiddi Travelling Gallery, curated by Roger Groom. The exhibition will be on every day of the festival – and for the entire month of April. Roger has been the curator of Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition for the last 3 years.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see incredible astrophotography produced here in WA and gain a deeper understanding of the works and astrophotography through discussion with esteemed astrophotographer Roger Groom
Free talks by Roger Groom:
He will be holding free talks at the gallery on
Sunday the 16th of April at 11am
Tuesday the 18th of April at 2pm
Then on Friday 9 am-12:00 pm join Roger for the BYO “Best of your eclipse” Event. This is designed to help enthusiasts get more from their own eclipse photography, in this workshop guests will learn from others, from Roger, and build up their astrophotography knowledge. Guests are welcome to arrive from 9 am to mingle with other astrophotographers. Roger will arrive at 10 am, encouraging all photographers to talk about their photographs, while offering his experience and suggestions on image processing and astrophotography tips. Enthusiasts can come and go at any time but Roger will be on hand until 12 pm

*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change

Roger Groom Astro Photography Workshops at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse *Sold Out*

Please be advised this event at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse has now sold out. There are free talks by Roger Groom at the Tantabiddi Gallery on Sunday the 16th of April at 11am and Tuesday the 18th of April at 2pm. Also, on Friday 9 am-12:00 pm you can join Roger and fellow astrophotographers for the BYO “Best of your eclipse photo” gathering. In addition, free stargazing will be available in our telescope fields on Koobooroo Oval with Astrotourism WA. Sessions run from 6.45 pm to 9.15pm, with the Green Laser Pointer Tours repeated at 7 pm, 7.45 pm and 8.30 pm nightly.

Shoot (for) the stars!
Roger Groom of Astro Photography Australia has been capturing astrophotography for over 20 years and will be leading workshops to help you enjoy astrophotography and achieve the best you can with your photography equipment. The workshops Roger will provide at Exmouth will include Astro Photography info sessions together with practical field workshops, and facilitating group discussion and sharing of your solar eclipse photography to inspire and improve your results.
Not only has Roger been active in the WA astronomy community with roles including Chairperson of the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group, but Roger has been curator of the Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition from 2020 to 2022 inclusive. His astrophotography workshops enable others to enjoy the night sky through photography while offering fantastic hints and hacks in this incredible art form. Enjoy mentoring on your astrophotography techniques and methods and bring your equipment and questions for a fun star-filled night.
Bookings essential and tickets are for the heavily subsidised cost of $45 + booking fee
Must bring your own camera, tripod and head torch/torch
Join him at the Dark Sky Festival for one of his workshops:
*SOLD OUT*  Sunday 16th of April, 1-3pm (Theoretical workshop – Tantabiddi Gallery, Ningaloo Centre)
*SOLD OUT*  Sunday 16th of April, 7-9pm (Practical field workshop – Vlamingh Head Lighthouse)
*SOLD OUT*  Tuesday 18th April, 7-9 pm (Practical field workshop – Vlamingh Head Lighthouse)

Roger’s practical field workshops will be held at VLAMINGH HEAD LIGHTHOUSE


*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change 

Public Talk and Book Signing by Greg ‘Space Gandalf’ Quicke

Beloved public figure and author, Broome astronomer Greg Quicke, lovingly known as Space Gandalf, will present a public talk and book signing on Friday 21st of April from 11am – 12pm in the Ningaloo Centre.
Paying particular attention to the power of the Total Solar Eclipse, Space Gandalf, will present an hour-long presentation of our home planet’s position in space. He’ll explore the very real relationships within our planetary, stellar and galactic neighbourhoods.
Based on his books, ‘Earth Turning Consciousness – an Exercise in Planetary Awareness’ and ‘Is The Moon Upside Down?, and translated to television through the ABC’s multi-award winning documentary, ‘A Stargazer’s Guide to the Cosmos’, Greg’s guided journey under the magnificent Exmouth night sky will inspire all curious minds.

*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change

SolFest Music Festival at Talanjee Oval with The Waifs (Weds), Hot Dub Time Machine (Thurs) & Caravana Sun (Fri)

See below for artists’ set times

Join us for a FREE three-day festival of music, food and astronomy held on Talanjee Oval, Exmouth from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st April, Solfest has something inspiring and fun for every member of the family. Enjoy incredible live performances that change nightly, including The Waifs (Weds), Hot Dub Time Machine (Thurs) and Caravan Sun (Fri)! No two evenings are the same. There’s also delicious food trucks and the Dark Sky Festival Astrotent for kids from 5 pm to 7 pm nightly, including fun astronomy and art projects, games, the bubble atmosphere, and more!

7:20PM – 8:05PM BOOX KID
8:30PM – 10:00PM THE WAIFS

5:00PM – 6:00PM DJ NDORSE

7:20PM – 8:05PM DREA

Admission is free to this alcohol-free event at Talanjee Oval. SolFest is open:
Wednesday the 19th,  4:30pm – 10pm
Thursday the 20th,  4:30pm – 10:30pm
Friday the 21st,  4:30pm – 10pm

*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program is subject to change 

Last Reviewed: 2023-04-17