SA Riverlands Officially Declared One Of The World’s Best Places To See Stars

The Mid Murray is now one of only fifteen officially recognised reserves that have the best view of the stars in the world.

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Feature image by Michael Waterhouse Photography.

If you follow our Instagram, you’ll see pictures of the Milky Way from different angles in South Australia every now and then.

Not only do our talented, local photographers deserve to be celebrated, but the starry skies viewed from the Mid Murray area are some of the most spectacular sights we’ve ever laid eyes on. And we’ve just discovered the reason why.

The International Dark-Sky Association has officially named the Mid Murray area one of the darkest places on the planet.

What does that even mean? Well, the darker the sky, the brighter the stars shine — which means the Mid Murray is now one of the best places on earth to view the Milky Way.

To see for yourself, you’ll have to drive about an hour and a half out of Adelaide into the newly named River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve.

The heart of the reserve is the Swan Reach Conservation Park, but the area encapsulates the towns of Swan Reach, Palmer, Blanchetown, Walker Flat, Big Bend, and a number of others.

This announcement makes River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve one of only fifteen reserves recognised in the world.

All this does is confirm what we all already knew — South Australia, and in particular the Murraylands, are truly magnificent.

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