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Alice Springs - an itinerary

Day 1:

  • fly into Alice Springs
  • pick up 4WD in city centre
  • explore West MacDonnell Ranges
  • stay at Glen Helen Resort for 1 night
  • Milky Way 24th July 2015:
    • 9-10pm to capture Winter Milky Way starting in east-north-east horizon and arching to the south with centre of Milky Way mid-sky in east-south-east and Southern Cross south of zenith BUT a 1st quarter moon is still fairly high in west sky causing some light pollution (by 29th July 2015, the moon is in the centre of the Milky Way!)
    • 1-2am to capture Winter Milky Way starting in south-west horizon and arching to the north high over the west horizon (moon sets at ~0110hrs, Southern Cross sets at 3am, Milky Way centre at zenith 11pm)
    • perhaps Glen Helen Gorge Organ Pipes in foreground


Ken Duncan's sunrise shot after sun came over the east wall to light the Organ Pipes - he needed to be there when plenty of water in gorge, then swim through gorge then hike to get this shot

Day 2:

  • sunrise pics
    • perhaps Tyler's Pass Lookout although Tnorala crater is to the south and not south west, and it is 60km away from Glen Helen
    • perhaps Mt Sonder but this may require strenuous hike to the top
  • maybe explore Redbank Gorge before breakfast
  • breakfast back at Glen Helen Resort and check out
  • explore West MacDonnell Ranges
    • Redbank Gorge after check out?
      • perhaps 6km unsealed road to Tnorala, then perhaps to Palm Valley if accessible with rental car
        • Hermannsburg and larapinta Drive back to Alice
  • check in to accomm. in Alice
  • night shots of Milky Way or perhaps night Desert Park


Tyler's Pass Lookout south to Tnorala crater

Day 3:

  • awake very early to capture Winter Milky Way starting in south-west horizon and extending upwards and to north
  • +/- drive to East MacDonnell Ranges
  • +/- explore Alice Springs itself

leave Alice Springs for Kings Canyon

  • if rental car allows it, drive via Mereenie Loop Road
  • otherwise bitumen drive down Stuart Highway then Lasseter Hway
    • ?Rainbow valley en route
    • ?Henbury meteorite craters en route
    • Mt Ebenezer lookout
  • check in at Kings Canyon Resort

Kings Canyon Resort

  • ?early breakfast for pre-dawn start of hiking

leave Kings Canyon for Uluru

  • ?another early breakfast and check out for pre-dawn start of hiking
  • drive to Uluru resort and check in
  • explore Uluru
  • sunset/moonrise pics
  • July 31st 2015:
    • sunset 18:20hrs sunrise 0725hrs full moon moonrise 1816hrs (Uluru is ~10min later than Alice Springs)
    • from Uluru sunset viewing area, moon rise is hidden directly behind Uluru, but then will rise to north-east of Uluru
    • need to be just before road to viewing area turns south-west to see moon rise to left of Uluru

shadow rise with almost full moon above it - 360deg panorama

2nd day at Uluru resort

  • explore Kata Tjuta (Olgas)
  • ?return to Uluru for sunset/moonrise pics

depart Uluru

  • check out and resort transfer to airport
australia/nt/alice_itinerary.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/19 00:52 by gary1

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