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The hidden coves, peaceful beaches, and forested hills of the Channel offer some enchanting spots to gaze up after dark. Away from the bright lights of the city, the galaxy puts on a spectacular show (especially on a clear night). While we can’t predict the aurora australis, bioluminescence (also known as sea sparkle) and clear nights, we certainly have a few locations we can recommend you visit during our long dark nights.

If you wish upon a star to see the Aurora Australis, it may just come true! The Channel is home to some top vantage points for photographers looking to capture the dancing beams and ethereal glow. Here are seven sweet spots to stargaze.

1. Taroona Beach

Taroona Beach is about a 20 minute drive south from Hobart, and is popular amongst photographers looking to capture the magic of the Aurora Australis. This popular family hangout spot is peaceful after dark, with waves gently lapping at the shore.

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2. Blackmans Bay

The rocky coastline around Blackmans Bay Beach is interesting enough to explore during the day, but at night the sandstone rock formations and the dazzling Milky Way are a match made in heaven! Nearby, Fossil Cove is a magical spot to visit after dark – gaze at the stars through the rocky archway.

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3. Howden

Near the boat ramp at Howden is a favourite spot for Aurora chasers. If you get really lucky, you might just witness the magic of bioluminescence – watch in awe as bursts of electric blue appear in the water! The bright glow is caused by billions of single-celled algae or plant plankton called Noctiluca scintillans (commonly known as sea sparkle) flashing when disturbed by waves or currents.

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4. Tinderbox

The Tinderbox Hills Track is awesome for wildlife enthusiasts, as the bush comes alive with the activity of all sorts of native animals after dark. You never know who you might meet! If the sky is clear and the Milky Way is on glorious display above the treetops, even better.

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5. Snug Falls

Another forest track that comes alive after dark is the walk to Snug Falls (please do take care if you’re walking in the dark). You’ve probably seen the popular waterfall during the day, but under the stars it’s a whole different kind of captivating.

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6. Coningham Beach

The adorable boat sheds at peaceful Coningham Beach look super cute under the starry night sky. You can even gaze across the water towards kunanyi / Mt Wellington, standing watch in the background.

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7. Kettering

Trial Bay at Kettering is far enough away from the bright city lights that you can nab some breathtaking photos of the Aurora and Milky Way. Capture the dancing beams and the green and purple glow reflected in the water for bonus enchantment power!

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For more tips, see: Exploring the Trove and The Channel Route Inspiration.

We love it when you share your adventures with us. Tag @southerntrovetasmania and use #SouthernTroveTasmania and we’ll share some of our favourite photos on FacebookInstagram and in our Blog.

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Isabel Galloway