Beyond the Milky Way

Experience one of the greatest international scientific endeavours in history as you step onto Australia’s future site of the incredible Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescopes in an immersive 360-degree virtual reality cinema experience. Narrated by physicist Professor Brian Cox, travel to the radio-quiet Western Australian outback to explore where one of the world’s largest radio telescopes will be capturing the corners of the universe and breaking new ground in astronomical research.Dates:

Dates:

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 

KidsFest

Come and join us for a fun-filled day at the Kids Fest as part of the Solar Eclipse festivities in Carnarvon! With hands-on activities and exciting performances, there is something for everyone. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in fun science experiments and make their own pinhole cameras, plus live music, entertainment, food and so much more. Come and join us for a day of fun, learning, and discovery!

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

Welcome to Country

Join us at Gwoonwardu Mia, as we welcome you to Yinggarda Country to experience the Solar Eclipse with our Traditional Owners. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring sight of the sun being obscured by the moon and to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our Traditional Owners.

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

Cultural Walk Tours

Join us for a daily cultural walk tour at Gwoonwardu Mia! Explore the rich Aboriginal history and culture of the Gascoyne. See traditional artifacts and learn about the local customs and traditions. This is a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of the land and its people. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind cultural experience!

Dates:

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 

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

Where SOUL meets the SOLAR ECLIPSE at TALANJEE OVAL!
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!

WEDNESDAY
5:00PM – 6:00PM DJ FLO TATION
6:00PM – 6:10PM WELCOME TO COUNTRY
6:15PM – 7:00PM BELLE HARVEY
7:20PM – 8:05PM BOOX KID
8:30PM – 10:00PM THE WAIFS

THURSDAY
5:00PM – 6:00PM DJ NDORSE
6:00PM – 6:10PM WELCOME TO COUNTRY
6:15PM – 7:00PM HAVE A GOOD DAY
7:20PM – 8:05PM PRISCILLA
8:30PM – 10:30PM HOT DUB TIME MACHINE

FRIDAY
5:00PM – 6:00PM DJ FLO TATION
6:00PM – 6:10PM WELCOME TO COUNTRY
6:15PM – 7:00PM BLUEBONE TRIO
7:20PM – 8:05PM DREA
8:30PM – 10:00PM CARAVANA SUN

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 

Dark Sky Festival Seafood BBQ *SOLD OUT*

Please be advised this event has now sold out. Tickets are still available for the Fervor Dark Sky Dining Dinner on Sunday the 23rd of April at Four Mile Creek, Onslow.

Enjoy a seaside dinner at dusk in the beautiful Exmouth Yacht Club with a seafood BBQ buffet. On the evening before the eclipse, WA’s magnificent fruits of the ocean will be showcased at this beautiful dinner.
While the final menu is still under wraps, guests can expect Exmouth BBQ Prawns, grilled line-caught grilled fish, Malaysian satay skewers, coal-roasted corn, baby cos hearts salad, potatoes, and bread, finished with a delicious whiskey & pear tart for dessert. Setting the scene, there’ll be live acoustic music playing against the backdrop of the twinkling Exmouth Gulf.
Bookings are essential for the Dark Sky Festival Seafood BBQ – and are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets are $65 + booking fee and includes food. Drinks can be purchased in addition at the bar. Please note there are two sittings for the Dark Sky Festival Seafood BBQ: 5:30pm – 7:15pm and 7:45 – 9:30pm
Please note that most dietary requirements can be accommodated and can be specified at the time of booking your ticket. A kids menu is available: Seafood Basket and Dessert $25 (13 years and younger)

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

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

Totality Brunch at Exmouth Yacht Club

The Totality Brunch at Exmouth Yacht Club is your front-row seat to the eclipse, complemented by all-inclusive food and drink showcasing the freshest flavours of WA, including Brolos Western Rock Lobster rolls, Exmouth prawns and lamb cooked over coals, matched with Cullen wines and much more.

Exmouth Yacht Club will play host to the event on Town Beach, for what is guaranteed to be a truly memorable event. There’ll be seating, shaded areas, beachside live BBQ stations, entertainment and the ultimate West Australian menu for the whole family to enjoy.

MENU
Canapés on Arrival
Gochujang Marinated Exmouth Prawn Skewers, Coriander Aioli df
Chimichurri Beef, Watermelon Radish, Horseradish Labneh, Tostada
Seeded Cracker, Smoked Eggplant & Tahini Puree, Pickle Shallots, Coriander gf, df, vg
Brolos Western Rock Lobster Roll, Poached Lobster, Paprika Aioli, Cos, Crusty Roll
Artisan Breads, Whipped Salted Butter

Shared Feast
Local Snapper, Pickled Cauliflower, Warm Pea & Fennel Salad, Celeriac Puree gf
Sous Vide Lamb Shoulder Chargrilled on Coal, Fermented Hummus, Roasted Local Eggplant, Lamb Jus gf, df

Sides
Whole Roasted Potato Salad, Gherkins, Sour Cream, Chives, Egg gf, v
Coal Roasted Corn, Fermented Onion Butter gf, v
Honey Roasted Carrots, Goats Cheese, Pepita Seed Crumb gf, v

Desserts
Pistachio & Yuzu Tart, Pistachio Sponge
Lemon Myrtle Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Curd Buttercream

Followed By
Gesha Coffee Co, The Queen’s Crown Plunger Coffee & T2 Loose Leaf Teas
Assam GFOP, Peppermint, Chamomile, China Green Sencha

Kids Astro Menu $40
Canapé on Arrival
Pumpkin Arancini, Red Pepper Jam, Fried Sage v
First course
Chicken Roll, Roast Chicken, Mayo, Cos, Crusty Roll
Main Course
Beer Battered Local Fish, Calamari, Chips, Tomato Sauce
Dessert
Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart, Raspberries
Fresh Solar juice

Cullen Wines, Supernatural Range
2022 Rose Moon sparkling on arrival
2022 Mangan Vineyard Red Moon
2022 Dancing In The Sun
2022 Dancing in the Moonlight

*Menu subject to change

Bookings are essential for this celestial brunch. The ticket price is $200 + booking fee and includes all food and drinks. Child ticket price is $40 per child. Please note that most dietary requirements can be accommodated and can be specified at the time of booking your ticket. Book here to reserve your spot today on Thursday the 20th of April, 10am – 1:30pm.

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

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

(g) Astronomy Dinner *SOLD OUT*

Please be advised this event has now sold out. Tickets are still available for the Fervor Dark Sky Dining Dinner on Sunday the 23rd of April at Four Mile Creek, Onslow.

There’s never quite been dinner under the stars like this before. The astronomical rarity of a solar eclipse, the canopy of the glittering WA skies, and the region’s incredible produce – with a Welcome to Country to initiate the evening. Beloved public figure and author, Broome astronomer Greg Quicke – known as Space Gandalf – will also be at the dinner to chat with guests and talk through the significance of the Dark Sky Festival.
Even the beautiful wines you’ll be drinking have been influenced by the stars. Made by Vanya Cullen of Wilyabrup’s Cullen Wines, she practises biodynamic viticulture; a method that recognises the link between plant growth and the rhythms of the cosmos. Her New Moon wine series will be served on this heavenly evening.
Bookings are essential for this spectacular event held on Thursday the 20th of April at Exmouth Yacht Club from 5:30pm – 9:30pm. Tickets are $200pp + booking fee. Please note that most dietary requirements can be accommodated and can be specified at the time of booking your ticket.

g(Astronomy) Dinner Menu

Canapés on Arrival
Half Shell Scallop, Sauce Ravigote

Chicken Rillettes, Pepper Berry & Herb Biscotti, Beetroot Relish, Smoked Horseradish
Seeded Cracker, Smoked Eggplant & Tahini Puree, Pickle Shallots, Coriander gf, df, vg

Tapas
Artisan Breads, Whipped Salted Butter & Olives
Pulled Pork Croquette, Paprika Mayo, Pickled Apple, Pork Floss, Cider Glazed Chorizo

Main Course
Brolos Western Rock Lobster, Local Snapper, Exmouth Prawns, Lemon & Dill Beurre Blanc gf

Vegetarian Option
Miso Glazed Eggplant, Grilled Halloumi, Zucchini & Eggplant Pickle, Roasted Tomato v

Shared Sides
Roasted Crushed Potatoes, gf, df, v
Whole Roast Cauliflower, Confit Garlic, Raisins, Toasted Nuts, Smoked Paprika, Manchego gf, v

Dessert
Chocolate Delice, Feuilletine, Peanut Crumble & Cherry Gel

Followed By
Gesha Coffee Co, The Queen’s Crown Plunger Coffee & T2 Loose Leaf Teas
Assam GFOP, Peppermint, Chamomile, China Green Sencha

Cullen Wines, ‘Supernatural’ Range
2022 Rose Moon sparkling on arrival
2022 Mangan Vineyard Red Moon
2022 Dancing In The Sun
2022 Dancing in the Moonlight

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

*Please note the Dark Sky Festival program and (g) Astronomy Dinner menu is subject to change 

Fervor Dark Sky Dining *Sunday night tickets available. Friday has SOLD OUT*

This is where astronomy meets gastronomy. With chef, Paul ‘Yoda’ Iskov, and his team from Fervor, this multi-course dinner set under the night sky, will be an unforgettable dining experience. A menu focusing on locally sourced and specifically native Australian ingredients, Paul brings the excitement of the region to every dish.
An evening connecting land and sky set at Four Mile Creek (Friday) and Onslow Sun Chalets (Sunday), this is a magnificent once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed. Ticket price includes matched Cullen wines and bus transfer to and from Four Mile Creek and Onslow Sun Chalets – we will be in contact with ticket holders with pick-up times and locations as parking is limited. Please note that most dietary requirements can be accommodated and can be specified at the time of booking your ticket. Fervor Dark Sky Dining is on Friday the 21st of April (SOLD OUT) and Sunday the 23rd of April from 5:30pm – 9:30pm. Tickets are $250 + booking fee

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER HAS NOW SOLD OUT. THE SUNDAY NIGHT DINNER AT ONSLOW SUN CHALETS STILL HAS TICKETS AVAILABLE*

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

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

Fremantle Biennale’s First Light Drone Show at Town Beach

Join us for First Lights: Nyinggulu on Town Beach in Exmouth – a spectacle of light and sound that illuminates the night sky to share ancient stories of place. Guided by Baiyungu custodian Hazel Walgar of the Nyinggulu coast and Yingarrda-Wadjarri artist Sonya Edney, the spectacular Dreaming story of the great eclipse will resound across the night sky. This is the story born from silence, of Jirndarl and Willarda, the sun, the moon and their first encounter. Produced by the Fremantle Biennale, this is an epic-scale aerial choreography consisting of a fleet of 160 light drones.

Before the Drone Show, come down earlier to Town Beach to enjoy an Indigenous cultural event, with a selection of music and dance. From the Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation’s Jamba Nyinayi Festival, this event will feature innovative performances from community dance projects with the Coral Spawn Dancers, The Jundaru Bulgarbi Crew and the Pundarra Guntharri Dancers showcasing both contemporary and traditional dance. Original music performances with Olive Knight and John Bennet compositions that centre around the traditional Baiyungu story of the eclipse – the meeting of Willara and Jirndarl – and the Jamba Nyinayi Band performing, featuring Raymond Edney, Wesley Mongoo and Jenaya Lawrence. Proudly presented by the State Government of Western Australia in conjunction with Lotterywest and the Shire of Exmouth, tickets are not required for this event.

Catch one of the courtesy bus shuttles down to Town Beach to secure your viewing spot.
First Lights: Nyinggulu is on from 5pm – 8:15pm on Thursday the 20th of April.

You can find out more about the Fremantle Biennale’s First Light Drone Show here

Image credit: First Lights — Moombaki (2021). Courtesy of Fremantle Biennale. Photo: Duncan Wright

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

Last Reviewed: 2023-04-17