Alpana AstroCamp

The dates for this year's two Alpana Astrocamps are:

  • 10-14 May
  • 6-10 September

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.

Accommodation

There are various accommodation options.

  • 6 double rooms - each with 2 single beds & mattresses
  • 1 family room - one double bed & a single bed with mattresses
  • Ensuite caravan sites
  • Powered & unpowered camping sites

All rooms have small wall cabinet wardrobes and power outlets. You need to provide your own bed linen & pillows – it can get quite cold at Alpana, so warm sleeping bags are a good idea. No heater blowers as it will overload the limited power and trip the fuse.

The Shearers Quarters are very clean and also provide 2 shower and toilet rooms. There is also a large dining and lounge area, and a large kitchen with fridges, stoves, a microwave oven and washing up facilities.

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 - although there is a general store in  Blinman, stocks are limited. 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.
  • 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, extension cords, cameras, binoculars, charts, torch, etc.

Note that cooking and eating utensils, pots, pans, cutlery, glasses, etc. are supplied.

Cost & bookings:

Costs for this year are as follows:

  • Rooms in Shearers Quarters - $28 per adult, $20 per child(U15)
  • Camping (powered) with access to Quarters’ facilities - $25 per adult, $17 per child
  • Camping (unpowered) with access to Quarters’ facilities - $22 per adult, $15 per child
  • Ensuite caravan site with access to Quarters’ facilities - $28 per adult, $15 per child

To book, please contact paul.rogers@assa.org.au

 

Alpana