Gazing the Gascoyne
junction to host inaugural gazing the gascoyne event
Thursday 27th August 2020
The Gascoyne Development Commission (GDC) is inviting all stargazers and amateur astronomers to attend the first Gazing the Gascoyne 2020 event on Saturday 19 September, at Gascoyne Junction.
Attendees will discover how the local Aboriginal people were connected to the night sky through a talk with Yingarrda Aboriginal Elder Raymond Edney.
Following this, an astronomy expert from the Perth Observatory will explain what different stars, constellations and nebulas are before attendees are then able to experience things more intimately through one of the four telescopes that will be on site.
On the same evening the Gascoyne Food Council will be hosting a bush barbecue at the Junction Tourist Park and Pub.
GDC chief executive Tym Duncanson said hopefully the event would establish the region as a premier Astrotourism location.
“Gascoyne Junction is uniquely placed to cater for a stargazing event, being located hundreds of kilometres away from significant sources of light pollution and rarely experiencing any significant cloud cover,” Mr Duncanson said.
“The Junction, as it is fondly known to locals, is such a welcoming, authentic outback town, which I am sure will exceed visitor expectations and entice people to visit the region again in the future.
“The Gascoyne Development Commission is keen to support Aboriginal economic development, as such, the organisation is proud to host elder Raymond Edney as he discusses his people’s unique connection to the stars.
“I would also like to extend my thanks to our partners at the Perth Observatory, the Shire of Upper Gascoyne, the Gascoyne Food Council and the Junction Tourist Park and Pub for helping pull together this event in the middle of COVID-19 recovery.”
Gazing in the Gascoyne is a free event hosted by the GDC and Perth Observatory, however there is no free camping at Gascoyne Junction and access to food and other supplies is limited.
Tickets for the bush barbecue and accommodation reservations can be purchased through the Carnarvon Visitor Centre. For pricing and tickets, please visit www.carnarvon.org.au.