• Nightsky

Australia is known for its pristine national parks, stretches of untouched wilderness, and its abundance of brilliant starry skies. Even though Sydneysiders might struggle to get a good glimpse of the stars above the city skyline, it doesn’t take us long to find them.

According to the travel experts over at the Next Vacay, Royal National Park, an hour's drive south of the CBD, has been voted as the most popular place for Instagrammable stargazing in Australia.

This call was made after analysing 30 of Australia’s most popular national parks and ranking them based on the number of hashtags on Instagram, from most to least popular. Royal National Park clocked in with a hefty 165,307 stargazing photos under the hashtag, with it also winning off the back of further analysis of search demand data.

This would be partly due to the fact it's so near a large city and if you've been to places like Warrumbungle National Park in western NSW you'll know how amazing the night sky is but still it's good to see people appreciating what our national parks can off in the day and in the night.

Winter is recommended as the best time to head to the Royal National Park to camp and see the stars, with the crisp nights allowing better visibility and unobstructed views. It is also suggested that if you are headed out on a starry mission, you do so when the moon is in a gibbous or crescent phase, so as to ensure the least amount of light in the sky as possible.

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