The contrast of the red, barren land under the clear blue skies is something you’ll never tire of photographing as the sun orchestrates a light show surrounding you. However, the midday sun in the outback can be harsh, so if you’re aiming to get the perfect shot, seek to go when the light begins to soften.
We’ve compiled five incredible viewpoints for photographers to plan your trip around. Experience these dramatic views across the land to truly take in what Alice Springs has to offer and explore the West MacDonnell Ranges, Heavitree Gap, Larapinta Drive, ANZAC Hill, Glen Helen Gorge and Chambers Pillar.
You couldn’t visit Alice Springs without encountering the West MacDonnell Ranges, and while you’re there take in the breathtaking views across the land. From the top of the ranges, Alice Springs is only a small blip in the sparse Australian land, truly putting into perspective just how grand the area is. Drive from Alice Springs directly to the ranges and watch the sunrise or sunset from here.
Heavitree Gap (or Ntaripe in the Arrente language) is an incredibly scenic location in Alice Springs and not far from the town centre. There are many accommodation options nearby, and the gap will provide some incredible photos. This water gap set in the MacDonnell Ranges can be accessed directly by road.
The next viewpoint can be experienced merely by driving straight out of Alice Springs. Take Larapinta Drive which will bring you record views worth stopping the car for. This is the main scenic drive which connects to Finke Gorge National Park, Alice Springs Desert Park and Kings Canyon.
Staying in town, wander to ANZAC Hill, overlooking Alice Springs town and one of the most visited landmarks in Alice Springs. It provides a panoramic view across the land and is a memorial to those who have served in all wars which Australia has participated in. Views showcase Heavitree Gap and the MacDonnell Ranges and as the sun sets the Red Centre begins to glow.
Glen Helen Gorge is one of the many waterholes around Alice Springs and the perfect place for taking photos of the contrasting landscape. The water is part of the Finke River, and Glen Helen Gorge is one of six water holes along the river.
Chambers Pillar is a spectacular sight when the morning sun shines its light down. This natural sandstone formation glows as the sun rises for only a small window of time. A very photogenic site with just a bush campground and a rough road to reach it, this is one of the less popular attractions however it is worth a visit.
These five different sites will bring incredible views and scenery to capture the moment and keep it forever. Between the West MacDonnell Ranges, Heavitree Gap, Larapinta Drive, ANZAC Hill, Glen Helen Gorge and Chambers Pillar, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the various viewpoints and incredible scenery surrounding Alice Springs.