River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve

First in Australia

The River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve is Australia's first Dark Sky Reserve and one of only 15 in the world.

Sky Quality

Measurements have shown the sky to be exceptionally dark right across the region, with readings above 21.9 common.


At just 90 minutes from the state capital Adelaide, the area is known for its dry climate and cloudless skies.

      Download the Dark Sky Reserve Fact Sheet (PDF)

      Download the Dark Sky Reserve Map (PDF)

An Introduction

Mid Murray Landcare SA supported by the Mid-Murray Council has worked for three and a half years to establish the River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve, which received accreditation from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) in October 2019


The River Murray Dark Sky Reserve is surrounded by some of Australia’s most famous wine growing regions, and visitors can step backwards in time with a paddle steamer cruise on the River Murray.

Useful Links & Blogs

Sky Blog Page
Got to the Starwatch page.

nasa website
NASA Universe Exploration Website.

Saving the Dark

By International Dark-Sky Asn |
80% of the world’s population live under light polluted skies. What do we lose when we lose sight of the stars? Excessive and improper lighting robs us of our night skies, disrupts our sleep patterns and endangers nocturnal habitats. The current advances in LED technology have enabled several cities to safely light their streets and save energy without disrupting the nighttime environment. Saving the Dark explores the need to preserve night skies and what we can do to combat light pollution.


The Australasian Dark Sky Alliance (ADSA) is an independent non-profit organisation formed to:
  • educate the public and policymakers about night sky conservation;
  • promote environmentally responsible outdoor lighting;
  • assist in the designation of IDA Dark-Sky Places
  • create business opportunities, and
  • celebrate our night sky heritage


Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
  • default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • extra catalogues with more than 177 million stars
  • default catalogue of over 80,000 deep-sky objects
  • extra catalogue with more than 1 million deep-sky objects
  • images of nebulae (full Messier catalogue)
  • realistic Milky Way

light pollution website
Australian Government Light Pollution Website.