Alpana Station is located just 5kms south of Blinman on the Wilpena-Blinman Road in the Flinders Ranges.
The Flinders Ranges are splendid. It's ideal for bushwalking, and coupled with the amazingly clear air and dark skies makes the Flinders a perfect destination for an astronomy camp. Explore the historic town of Blinman, take a walk to the Blinman Pools, see the spectacular Parachilna and Brachina gorges and drive through the scenic Aroona Valley. But don't forget that the real purpose of going to the Flinders Ranges is to enjoy the star-studded skies.
Alpana Station is located just 5kms south of Blinman on the Wilpena-Blinman Road. The distance from Adelaide is 505 kilometres, so allow at least 7 hours for the journey. The road is bitumen all the way now.
What you need to bring
- All meals, drinks & snacks. We may go to the Blinman Hotel for dinner on Sunday evening for those that wish to go. Make sure you bring all provisions, as there is nowhere to purchase foodstuffs. I recommend you plan your meals as a means of deciding what you need to bring with you.
- Swag, bedroll and/or sleeping bag and pillow for the onsite accommodation. Each room comprises two single beds with mattress. Clothing appropriate for the forecast conditions and sturdy footwear, as well as a hat, sunscreen and sunnies. Make sure you bring warm clothing for observing. It gets bloody cold at night!
- TELESCOPE, cameras/videos, binoculars, charts, torch, etc.
- In the quarters - $28 per adult, $20 per child
- Camping at quarters & sharing kitchen/dining facilities - Adults $22, Child $15
- Powered site with ensuite bathroom and sharing quarters kitchen/dining room - $28 per adult, $20 per child