Southwest Sky Country

Southwest Sky Country

A Wilderness Society guide to Dark Sky in Lutruwita/Tasmania’s South West

With its vast Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Lutruwita/Tasmania is home to incredibly dark skies. Download this guide to learn about some of the unique things you can see in the Southwest Sky Country, how to find the darkest spots and the night sky's deep cultural importance to the Palawa/Tasmanian Aboriginal People. Plus, why the Southwest Sky Country should be an internationally recognised Dark Sky Sanctuary!

The Crescent Moon over Lake Oberon in the Western Arthur Range. Main image above: the Aurora Australis over Mount Anne. Photographs by Luke Tscharke.
Geographically isolated, night time in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is incredibly dark, unspoilt by light pollution. This is especially so in the Southwest National Park, where ecological function remains as it always has been, unimpeded by artificial light.

Palawa/Tasmanian Aboriginal People’s connections to milaythina wurangkili (Sky Country) hold important teachings about place and spirituality. Protecting the night—liwari in palawa kani—from light pollution is critical to the environment, wildlife and our wellbeing.

It's time the crystal clear dark skies of Southwest Sky Country were recognised and protected for good. In this guide to the Southwest Sky Country, find out more about the importance of Dark Sky Sanctuaries and how the Tasmanian government can and should protect the night skies of south west Lutruwita.
You'll also find out what wildlife thrives in the dark skies here, from Tasmanian devils to Masked owls, not to mention glowing fungi, glowworms and bioluminescent plankton.

Pack your binoculars and telescope, download the Wilderness Society's guide and make your way to Southwest Sky Country.

Aurora over Federation Peak in the Eastern Arthurs Range. Photograph by Luke Tscharke.