There’s a meteor shower a’comin’! We have already published a piece laying down the best spots in Victoria to see this year’s best meteor shower. Hundreds of Victorians are packing their picnic blankets and tripods as we speak.
But Queenslanders, we heard ya! You want to know where you can get an epic view of the Geminids meteor shower in Queensland. Well guys, here we deliver. Here are 5 cracking spots to get out there this weekend and watch the sky fall.
Photography by Scout Hinchliffe
# 1 Mt Maroon
Mt Maroon is a top spot any time of day (or night) due to the 360° views from its summit. The summit is clear of trees on top so it’s a perfect spot to view the meteor shower because of its uninterrupted view of the night sky.
Be warned it can get very cold at the summit because there are not many places to hide from any wind chill, so make sure you bring plenty of warm clothing and hand warmers might be a good idea too.
The hike up to the summit will take about 2 hours in the dark leaving from Cotswold Road. The trail up has some navigational challenges so if you’re heading up here at night, best to go with someone who’s done the hike before.
Mt Maroon is located about 2 hours from Brisbane, via Beaudesert, in the Scenic Rim region. If climbing a mountain seems too much hard work, you can simply drive around the Scenic Rim until you find a clear spot near a mountain or paddock. There’s plenty of ‘middle of nowhere’ locations around the Rathdowney and Carney’s Creek areas that offer excellent stargazing opportunities.
# 2 Girraween National Park
Girraween National Park’s secluded location on the Queensland/New South Wales border is the perfect place to look for shooting stars. Camp at Castle Rock campground and then take your pick of viewpoints to catch the light show.
The best vantage points are from Mt Norman or the top of The Pyramid.
Girraween National Park is about a 3 hour drive from Brisbane via Stanthorpe. You can reserve your camping spot on the Queensland Parks website.
# 3 Wyaralong Dam
Just want to set up camp and wait for the night sky to light up? Then Wyaralong Dam might be the spot for you.
You can camp at the Ngumbi campsite located at the base of Mt Joyce. It’s a walk-in campsite only, but sites are free. Wyaralong Dam is accessible off Beaudesert-Boonah Road and you can park at the Eastern Trail Access carpark.
An alternative waterside location in the area to check out the cosmic action is Lake Moogerah. Formal campgrounds are located around the lake.
# 4 Lake Samsonvale
For the northsiders, check out Lake Samsonvale. There’s a couple of picnic areas around the lake offering a comfortable viewing point, or find your own vantage point as you drive around the lake.
Access to the lake is via Petrie, about an hour from Brisbane CBD.
# 5 Carlo Sandblow
An oceanside spot to enjoy the beauty of the night sky is Carlo Sandblow at Rainbow Beach.
It’s an easy 600m walk to the Sandblow from the carpark off Cooloola Drive.
The Sandblow offers clear views, and if you’re hanging around until sunrise, you’ll get views out to Double Island Fraser Island, Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy Straits.
Remember to take some quality shots! Check out this guide for some starting tips…