When we think of how best to experience what Australia has to offer, we tend to imagine basking in the sunshine along endless coastline. But really, that's only the half of it. After the sun sets, the stars come out to play and so do a number of incredible adventures! This year, cities and islands across Australia are offering moonlight activities you never would have imagined. Take a walk on the dark side with these the top must-do Australian nighttime experiences.
Transparent Night Tours (and dolphin feeding!) – Tangalooma Island Resort
Only 75 minutes from Brisbane, Queensland, clear turquoise water and silky white sand will tempt visitors with new adventures. Tangalooma Island Resort on the subtropical oasis of Moreton Island invites visitors to encounter experiences across land and sea both during the day and at night! The destination’s world renowned Tangalooma Wrecks are not shy to come alive at night, offering a magical experience only possible aboard an illuminated translucent kayak or via an illuminated glass-bottom boat. As the sun travels down the horizon, float your way towards the wrecks and be mesmerised by the tropical reef fish, turtles and stingrays.
End the truly unique evening with a once in a lifetime interaction with a pod of wild dolphins at dusk. Tangalooma is one of the only destinations in Australia that you can get up close and personal with these friendly creatures, and hand feed them! The added allure to this oasis is that you can experience all this, and more, in just one day!
Field of Light – Uluru
A truly special experience, the Field of Light art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro is not to be missed in Northern Territory. After an extension due to popular demand, the installation will be on show at the base of Uluru until 31 December 2020. The exhibition is aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara and sees more than 50,000 solar-powered stems illuminating the night sky in Australia’s red centre.
Torchlight Tour – Fremantle
Watching true crime documentaries has transitioned from ‘hobby’ to ‘way of life’ for so many Australians! To satisfy your spooky curiosity, Western Australia's Fremantle Prison runs torchlight tours every Wednesday and Saturday night to explore the darker side of the prison’s history. The walls echo with stories but beware, this tour is not for the faint-hearted!
Star gazing – Sydney Observatory
Peer into infinity and beyond from the peaks surrounding New South Wales' Sydney Harbour through a telescope. The Sydney Observatory offers a star-studded opportunity to explore the expansive constellations, galaxies, and, of course, the moon. Taking place at one of the oldest observatories in Sydney, the night tour is an exemplary experience for locals and a must-do astronomical tour around space in just 90 minutes.
Moonlight Cinema - various locations across Australia
If you’re looking for a classic way to embrace the night, a movie screening with the moon as spotlight is the perfect execution. Only for a limited time, Moonlight Cinema will pepper capital cities around Australia with drama, comedy, romance and family favourite films out on the green and into the night. With General Admission and VIP Gold Grass seats available, there are a number of ways to kick back with popcorn and a great flick under the stars.