Jamba Nyinayi Festival

On Wednesday the 19th of April 2023, the day prior to the Total Solar Eclipse, a major Indigenous cultural arts festival is planned for Cardabia Station near Coral Bay. The inaugural Jamba Nyinayi Festival will combine a spectacular drone light show, music, dance, the stars, food and fire.
Jamba Nyinayi Festival will bring a stunning array of WA dance and musical artists, featuring some of the best of Gascoyne talent. Traditional foods will form a part of the cultural experience. The festival will tell the story of what the eclipse means to the traditional owners through a drone light show and an Indigenous music and dance program. All the cultural art shown and performed will be curated around the traditional eclipse story, creating an original and significant cultural experience.
This is an exclusive event to Coral Bay accommodation holders, and as such the event capacity is limited to ensure access for those with accommodation. This is a free ticketed event and registration is essential to ensure comfort for those attending.

*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

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.

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

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

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
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.


**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 

Last Reviewed: 2023-04-17