We want Tasmania to be recognised as a world leader in night sky conservation and astro tourism with multiple dark sky communities, and the largest dark sky place on Earth.
TASMANIA’S DARK SKY SANCTUARY
The International Datk-Sky Association Dark Sky Places program certifies ‘dark sky sanctuaries’.
A dark sky sanctuary is public or private land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.
UNESCO has identified Tasmania’s South West wilderness as one of the last true wilderness regions on Earth and encompasses a greater range of natural and cultural values than any other region. It also remains free of light pollution, and is one of the darkest places in the world.
Establishing a dark sky sanctuary in Tasmania, is central to our goal of preserving and protecting Tasmania’s night sky.
As well as creating permanent protection for a large area of naturally dark sky, a dark sky sanctuary
Enhances the visitor experience of Tasmania’s wilderness areas
Contributes to Tasmania’s tourism brand
Increases opportunities for astro-tourism
Creates opportunities for promotion and raises public awareness of light pollution issues
You can help us establish a dark sky sanctuary in Tasmania by becoming a Dark Sky Tasmania member.