Thousands of stars are twinkling and the Milky Way is looking sensational from my cosy canvas swag that comes with a hot water bottle, popcorn and a warming tipple.

Camping under the stars has never been so appealing and stargazing has become an obsession since returning from a night sky dinner lecture. Maybe this isn’t strictly camping but it is just one of the treats during an indulgent stay at the boutique luxury lodge, Longitude 131, nestled in Australia’s red heart. Earlier at a starlit four-course dinner at Table 131, where we dine on twice-baked cheese soufflé, tender lamb and the most delicious pavlova, Caroline, the resident astronomer takes the stage.

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