South Australia’s first Dark Sky Reserve

Australia, due to its large land area and small population is endowed with minimal Light Pollution and consequently very dark skies.

Because most of the population live on the coastal fringe, its not necessary to travel far inland to reach truly dark skies.

In the case of the River Murray Dark Sky Reserve, an 90 minute drive from the airport in the State capital, Adelaide, passing through rolling hills and vineyards, will take you to skies that routinely register 21.9 with a Sky Quality Meter. The Reserve is in the rainshadow of the Adelaide Hills and is known for its low rainfall and clear skies.

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.

We have applied to the International DarkSky Association for formal accreditation as a DarkSky Reserve. We hope to receive approval by early March 2018.

Podcast: Chris Tugwell talking to ABC Radio

light pollution - a global discussion

Free E-book “Light Pollution: A Global Discussion”

This publication addresses the growing number of concerns associated with artificial light at night (ALAN) by bringing together expert views on lighting, its unwanted side effects and promising mitigation strategies from around the world and across disciplines.

The e-book presents three curated expert discussions on three key issues: the protection of dark skies, the controversial question of color temperature for street lighting, and the regulation of commercial lighting. It also presents results of a global online survey, in which lighting professionals, astronomers and environmental researchers shared their views on light pollution.

dark sky package

Dark Sky Education Teaching Package.

NSW have just released a fully fledged teaching package for Primary kids about the importance of Dark Skies. Make your Primary School aware of this downloadable package :

Meldanda Lunar Eclipse write up in ASSA March 2018 Bulletin
ASSA Buletin article March 2018

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Mid Murray Landcase SA

Mid Murray Landcare SA is a community based organisation that works collaboratively with the local community, environmental groups, NR SA MDB Board and the Mid Murray Council to achieve on ground projects to benefit the environment and wider community.