Join Luke Tscharke and Jay Evans on an incredible adventure touring the Red Centre Way. The romance of the outback can never be understated and the landscape in this region has to be seen to be believed.
Not only will this iconic road trip give opportunity for Astrophotography with some of the centre’s most picturesque landscape, rock formations and gorges, you will also photograph the magical light and colour of of Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), the Mereenie Loop, the sublime gorges of Tjoritja (West Macdonnell Ranges) and Palm Valley with your guides helping you get the best images from your camera.
As we travel the unbelievable distances across Territory roads, we will also stop to capture the incredible landscape and wildlife with wallabies, camels, dingoes, brumbies, birds and lizards common sights along the roadside.
Five nights accommodation with your own room, breakfast and most meals are provided, and a full four days on the road to experience the breathtaking majesty and vastness of the Red Centre Way.
|DATES:||Monday June 10th 2019 to Saturday June 15th 2019|
|WORKSHOP STARTS:||Ayers Rock Airport (AYQ) / Voyages Ayers Rock Resort|
|WORKSHOP ENDS:||Alice Springs Airport|
|ACCOMMODATION:||Voyages Ayers Rock Resort / Kings Creek Station / Glen Helen Homestead / Doubletree Hilton Alice Springs|
|GROUP SIZE:||Maximum 6 participants, minimum 3|
|FITNESS LEVEL:||A good level of fitness is required to complete the Kings Canyon Rim Walk and the Serpentine Gorge lookout walk, but low impact options are available at these locations.|
|INCLUSIONS:||Price includes five nights accommodation with your own room including Breakfast, Airport transfers, all ground transport and fuel, National Park access fees and on-location coaching, Lunch and Dinner are included at Kings Creek Station and Glen Helen Homestead only. Does not include airfares to Ayers Rock Resort and from Alice Springs and any optional activities such as Helicopter flights.|
WHAT TO EXPECT – THE RED CENTRE WAY
DAY 1 : ARRIVE at ULURU Meeting up after we conclude our final Uluru AstroWorkshop, we can collect you from the airport if you are just arriving or meet at Ayers Rock Resort to check us into our accommodation for the evening, before heading into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for an Uluru sunset, followed by an Astrophotography session. After dinner. We will retire to our Ayers Rock Resort accommodation for the night, in readiness for a very early start and long road trip.
DAY 2 : ULURU to WATARRKA (KINGS CANYON) An Early checkout and collecting a packed breakfast for our journey, we depart Uluru in the direction of Kings Canyon, stopping at Mount Connor for sunrise. The trip to Kings canyon passes through several cattle stations, and wildlife including dingos and camels are common. Keep your long lenses ready as stops will be frequent and sudden. After a quick stop to drop off our bags at our accommodation, we will head to Kings Canyon where the adventurous can complete the famed rim walk. Our accommodation for the night will be a true outback experience, sleeping in drovers safari cabins, where we will spark up the BBQ for dinner and shoot sunset and the Milky Way at the back of the property where the desert oaks and mulga trees provide an excellent foreground to our Astro images with an option of heading back to Kings Canyon or Kathleen Springs.
DAY 3 : MEREENIE LOOP ROAD to GLEN HELEN HOMESTEAD After taking in an early sunrise across Kings Creek station, and eating a hearty bushman’s breakfast, we fill up with fuel and, weather and road conditions permitting, drive the 200kms along one of Australia’s most remote tracks, the Mereenie Loop. With lookouts, mountain ranges, long straight dirt roads, and the potential for brumbies, there is no better way to appreciate the vastness of the outback. Taking us into Tjoritja, the West Macdonnell Ranges, we will stop off at Tnorala, Redbank Gorge, Mount Sonder Lookout, and after lunch at Glen Helen Homestead we will head to Ormiston Gorge to walk the Ghost Gum Walk and appreciate the sheer splendour of this spiritual place. After checking into our accommodation and sitting down for a group dinner, we will walk to Glen Helen Gorge for our Astro and star trails. Not constrained by time, we can stay here as long as we want with our accommodation only a few minutes walk away.
DAY 4 : TJORITJA (WEST MACDONNELL RANGES) Kicking off with a sunrise watching the light hit the walls of Glen Helen Gorge is one of the most amazing sights to photograph, and after a fantastic cooked breakfast and picking up a packed lunch, we will spend the day taking in the gorges of Tjoritja, hiking up to the most amazing viewpoint of Serpentine Gorge, relaxing on the sandy banks of Ellery Creek Big Hole and marvelling at the breathtaking beauty of Standley Chasm. We return to Glen Helen Gorge for a sunset over the dry bed of the Finke river and assess the conditions and our options for our Astro shoot for the evening.
DAY 5 : HERMANNSBURG to PALM VALLEY to ALICE SPRINGS The final day of our road trip begins with an optional sunrise Helicopter flight over the stunning Ormiston Gorge and Mount Sonder. After departing Glen Helen Homestead, we journey to the Lutheran mission town of Hermannsburg with opportunity to capture some of the historic buildings and the stunning backdrop of the red centre before we drive along the bed of the Finke River to the lush oasis surrounded by the incredible red gorges of Palm Valley stopping to capture the awe inspiring spectacle of this part of the Territory (Access to Palm Valley is dependent on weather and road conditions). We then head back to civilisation and our luxurious accommodation at Doubletree Hilton Alice Springs. After our closeout dinner there will be an option to head to the East of Alice springs to an amazing easy to access rock formation for a final Astro shoot.
DAY 6 : DEPART ALICE SPRINGS Our final morning together and we will finish with breakfast at one of our favourite Alice Springs cafes before spending some time going through your images and giving some post processing advice before checking out and transferring you to the airport for your return flights.
You will need to book your flights to arrive at Ayers Rock Airport on Monday 10th June and depart Alice Springs Airport on Saturday 15th June. Flights are not included in the Tour price. You are of course welcome to arrive and depart outside of these times, including joining us for our earlier Uluru AstroWorkshop. Noting that additional accommodation will be at your own expense. In the unlikely event the tour is cancelled, we will not be liable for costs relating to non refundable flight bookings. If you have any concerns regarding flight bookings, please discuss them with us.
WHAT TO BRING
The workshop will take place in Australia’s outback, where it can be very hot during the day and bitterly cold at night. We recommend you to bring clothing that can be applied in layers so you can be dressed for all conditions.
- Head torch (with new batteries)
- Hiking boots
- Lenses suitable for astrophotography (feel free to contact Luke or Jay for advice)
- Remote timer for camera
- Sturdy Tripod
- Clothing that can be worn in layers, including thermals
- Water Bottle
- Soft Compressible Luggage bags
- Laptop for post processing