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 

Daily Burlganjya Wanggaya Old People Talking – Listen, Learn and Respect Tours

Join us on a unique tour experience in Gwoonwardu Mia, where you’ll listen to the fascinating stories within the Burlganjya Wanggaya – Old People Talking permanent exhibition. Immerse yourself in their rich cultural heritage, learn from their wisdom and respect their traditions. Get ready to be captivated by their tales and be inspired by their resilience and strength.

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 

Aboriginal Art Workshops

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Australia’s indigenous people through our engaging and interactive aboriginal art workshops at Gwoonwardu Mia. Experience the beauty and spiritual significance of traditional painting, storytelling, and cultural activities. Learn from local artists, connect with nature, and leave with a unique artwork that celebrates your journey. Join us now and immerse yourself in the timeless tradition of Gwoonwardu Mia.

Workshop 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 

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!

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 

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 

A Night at the Museum

Get ready for an unforgettable evening under the stars! Join us at the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum for a truly unique experience – A Night at the Museum during the week of festivities as we prepare for the Solar Eclipse. Immerse yourself in the wonder of the cosmos as you listen to expert guest speakers from Astrotourism WA, who will share their knowledge and passion for space and astronomy. Experience the thrill of stargazing with the Gravity Discovery Centre. Delight in the local delicacies and drinks, as you mingle with fellow stargazers and space enthusiasts. This is an event not to be missed, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the wonders of the universe in a truly exceptional setting under the historical OTC Dish.

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

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 

Last Reviewed: 2023-04-05