A visit to Mt John observatory at the start of a new moon phase, which coincided with a meteorite shower on a cloud-free-windless night set them on their fateful Bubbletent journey.
Lake Tekapo in New Zealand turns out to be one of top three spots around the world for stargazing, thanks to a concentrated local effort from the locals to minimise light pollution. After their eyes adjusted fully to the dark they were just flabbergasted at the beauty of the cosmos and the wonderment of what lay overhead.
The tour finished – with a kink in their neck – they were sent back to their roofed-accommodation, the cosmos part was over for the night but their quest to replicate that experience has remained ever since.
So here they are a few years later, where after battering their little city car in search of a spot that provides that wonderment not just by night but by day as well, they finally found this slice of splendour overlooking Capertee Valley, the widest canyon in the world and a mecca for birdwatchers, virtually right in front of their Sydney noses, smack bang in the middle of the Central Tablelands of NSW.
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