Photographing Central Australia | The Best Time Of Year
What Is The Best Time Of Year To Photograph Central Australia?
There is no better time of the year to photograph Central Australia than from mid September to the end of December. Why this time of year? Because it is when all the action happens.
During September and October wildflowers bloom. They blanket the outback landscape in an array of vivid colours. At times the vegetation can become extremely green at this time of year. So much so that I have found myself referring to central Australia as The Green Centre, instead of The Red Centre.
Photography From That Time Of Year
.What Sort Of Action Can You Expect?
It is a fantastic time for wildlife photography, as many animals are more active during these months.
November and December is when Central Australia’s thunderstorm season is at its peak. There is nothing quite like an outback storm. What sets it apart from the storms that occur in other locations around the world are the stunning colours the storms produce. The red earth and healthy vegetation, combined with the dramatic formations and intense colours of the clouds are stunning.
Due to very low air, and light pollutants outback skies are extremely clean and distinct in colour. This lack of pollutants also makes central Australia one of the greatest locations for astro photography in the world all year round.
Thunder and lightening occur regularly at this time of year and there is a high chance that rivers will run and waterfalls will flow. Did you know that only approximately 2 percent of people that visit Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park ever get to see rain on the big red rock.
My favorite place to photograph during these months is the MacDonnell Ranges about 22kms west of Alice Springs. When I get there I set up my gear, take a deep breath and wait for the storm to arrive. Everyone has their happy place, and that one is mine.
So if you like thunderstorms, gorgeous landscapes and unique wildlife make sure you visit central Australia anywhere between the beginning of September and the end of December and you wont be disappointed.
Important Safety Information
It is important to note that the Australian outback at this time of year, although adventurous and beautiful, can be quite dangerous if you are not prepared for it. The temperature and humidity levels can be high and learning about hydration and sun protection will be vital to your survival. I recommend getting travel insurance before you visit and pay attention to what you pack for the trip.
Pack protective clothing (including enclosed shoes, a long sleeved shirt, long pants, a hat and a rain coat), water, sunscreen and protective gear for your equipment. Also when it rains the temperature can drop very quickly, so make sure you also bring a warm jacket.