Tour – Day 4
CSIRO Australia Telescope
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 3km long rail track holds five of the 270-tonne dishes, while the sixth is fixed approximately 5km to the west. The antennas work together to simulate a much larger antenna, allowing astronomers to observe very fine detail. Their combined power simulates a single antenna with a 6km diameter.
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. For camping bookings and before launching boats, please call the Yarrie Lake caretaker. (Ph: 0427 666 105).
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. Pick up a brochure here for a self-drive historical tour of Wee Waa. Bronze plaques mark a handful of historically significant sites.