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The Backyard Universe

Tour PO Box 235, Yankalilla 0488 705 224 Email Website

Overview

The Backyard Universe offers stargazing and geology tours in several regions of South Australia and western Victoria.

Description

The Backyard Universe offers multicultural stargazing tours and custom day tours on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Discover the stories behind the beautiful scenery and night skies with friendly and experienced local guides. We can offer customised astronomy & geology activity and tour packages for conferences, private groups and school camps. We also run door-to-door shuttle bus services for the southern Heysen Trail and Fleurieu Peninsula; including transfers to & from Adelaide airport and the Kangaroo Island ferries.Tours

Wirrina Cove stargazing tour (Fleurieu Peninsula)

Operates at the New Terry Resort (Wirrina Cove) throughout the year. We do a multicultural tour of the constellations with our laser pointer and telescopes. You'll see stars, clusters, planets, nebulae, galaxies and more with one of Australia's most experienced astronomical guides. We are one of a handful of astronomy tours anywhere that routinely includes night sky interpretations from non-Western cultures and from southern hemisphere indigenous cultures. Plus the modern textbook interpretations too. This is a 90 minute guided tour you won't soon forget! *** Weather Permitting *** Cloud Forecasts are not reliable more than 1 day in advance. We will send a message to the mobile phone number you supplied when booking, to tell you if your tour is cancelled or not. If your tour is cancelled, you will be offered either an alternate date (if possible) or a refund or a conversion to a Gift Voucher. The Resort is about 90 minutes drive from the centre of Adelaide, and about 20 minutes drive from the Kangaroo Island ferries. There are many other accommodation options nearby if you're not staying at the Resort.

Wirrina Coastline Walk (Fleurieu Peninsula)

A 3 to 4 hour guided walk featuring a historic cave, a prehistoric beach, an upside-down cliff, over 1700 million years of geology, the Tjilbruke story and a spectacular western Fleurieu coastline at low tide. You must have sturdy enclosed footwear to do this walk because some of it requires walking across rough rocks and boulders. NO thongs, sandals, crocs, flats, moccasins, high heels or bare feet. Moderate agility is required for this tour. The natural terrain we walk over is unsuitable for prams, wheelchairs or anyone with mobility or balance problems. Young children may need to be carried by parents. Tour runs on demand but is subject to our availability, and favourable tide and weather conditions. What to bring: - camera - sturdy, enclosed shoes - water - sunscreen, hat & sunglasses - clothing appropriate for weather forecast

Port Elliot stargazing tour (Fleurieu Peninsula)

Operates at Ratalang Basham Beach Park, Port Elliot, during the summer months. We do a multicultural tour of the South Australian night sky with our laser pointer and telescopes. You'll see stars, clusters, planets, nebulae, galaxies and more with one of Australia's most experienced astronomical guides. We are one of a handful of astronomy tours anywhere that routinely includes night sky interpretations from non-Western cultures and from southern hemisphere indigenous cultures. Plus the modern textbook interpretations too. This is a 90 minute guided tour you won't soon forget! *** Weather Permitting *** Cloud Forecasts are not reliable more than 1 day in advance. We will send a message to the mobile phone number you supplied when booking, to tell you if your tour is cancelled or not. If your tour is cancelled, you will be offered either an alternate date (if possible) or a refund or a conversion to a Gift Voucher. Port Elliot is about 90 minutes drive from the centre of Adelaide, and about 10 minutes drive from either Victor Harbor or Goolwa. *** This venue requires a minimum number of bookings to run our tour here ***

Heysen Trail minibus transfers

We offer two types of minibus shuttle service for the southern Heysen Trail: -- Point to point. You go to your walk finish location, our minibus meets you there and transfers you to your walk starting location. You then walk back to your finish location. -- Accommodation to point. Our minibus picks you up from your accommodation and transfers you to your walk starting location. At a prearranged time we meet you at your walk finishing location and return you to your accommodation. Why restrict yourself to the handful of locations serviced by metropolitan taxis and big buses? Our Heysen Trail coverage extends from the Cape Jervis trailhead to Dashwood Gully (near Meadows), using multiple locations that are spaced a half-day or full-day walk apart. Accommodation coverage includes the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor and south coast, McLaren Vale, Glenelg, and Adelaide city. Our minibus carries 1 to 11 passengers + backpacks per trip. All Heysen Trail trips are charged as Flat Rate.

Map & Directions

PO Box 235

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Phone: 0488 705 224

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