Tour – Day 4
CSIRO Australia Telescope
The Australian Telescopes visitor information centre will be closed from Friday 22nd September to Friday 29th September 2017 but telescopes will still be available for viewing. The centre will be closed to host a special radio astronomy school. Access to the building will not be possible during this time but visitors will still be welcome to come and enjoy the outside exhibits and view the antennas from VC viewing platform.
Allow: 2 Hrs
The Dish times six! Satisfy your scientific curiosities at the most advanced radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, located 25km west of Narrabri at the Paul Wild Observatory. Discover the magic that draws scientists from around the world in their quest to unlock the secrets of the universe.
Consisting of six 22m wide dish antennas, the CSIRO Australia Telescope compact array is truly a site to behold.
A giant 3km long rail track holds five of the dishes, while the sixth is fixed approximately 5km to the west. Working together the antennas simulate a much larger antenna, allowing astronomers to observe very fine detail.
The Telescope Information Centre can answer all your questions, while a regularly updated video showcases some of the “out–of–this–universe” photos captured by the antennas. Check out the computers for up-to-the-minute particulars on what is being tracked. Interactive exhibits around the Centre provide a world of fascination for young and old. Even those who find the science a little bewildering will be captivated by the whispering dishes.
Just a few kilometres west of the scientific wonder of Australia Telescope lies an unexplained wonder of the natural variety.
Yarrie Lake, a 3km saucer-shaped expanse of water on the very edge of the Pilliga Forest is thought to have been formed by a falling meteor many thousands of years ago. Whatever its origins, its existence is much appreciated by locals, visitors and wildlife alike. A veritable mecca for over 70 bird species, its sheltered position makes it an excellent natural bird breeding ground.
Travellers seeking a little peace will love the quiet isolation, while powered sites, hot showers, toilet and laundry facilities bring that touch of civilisation to this bush camping experience. Some marvellous sunsets make Yarrie Lake a popular spot for photographers, while others come here to enjoy water sports or a touch of yabbying.
Seplin Estate Wines
All this touring leaving you thirsty? Drop in for a drop (or two) of award-winning wine or port at Seplin Estate Wines. The region’s chocolate loam soil and warm summer sun lend themselves to the production of top-quality red and white wines and sparkling wines and ports, as is evident in the tasting.
Seplin Estate Wines is fully licensed with EFTPOS available. Stay for a while, with Seplin Estate offering self-contained camping in return for a small daily fee or the equivalent wine or port purchase.
On the outskirts of Wee Waa on Chifley Road, relax and unwind on the covered deck overlooking the lagoon and beautifully manicured grounds. Enjoy the abundant birdlife and evening kangaroo visits.
A unique experience with warm country hospitality.
Namoi Echo Museum
Allow: 1 Hr
The Namoi Echo Museum provides a wonderful reminder of days gone by. Opened in 2006, the Museum, run by the Wee Waa Historical Society, is home to many fascinating items and machinery pertaining to the history and culture of the district. Outstanding modern murals and a multitude of ancient machinery make this one of Wee Waa’s must-see destinations.