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.

Map of light pollution in Tasmanian from    Dark Site Finder

Map of light pollution in Tasmanian from Dark Site Finder


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.