A New Era of Stellar Astrophysics with Kepler

23-28 June 2013  -  Sydney, Australia


Galactic Sponsor

  • Stellar Astrophysics Centre

  • Co-sponsor

  • White Dwarf Research Corporation

  • Other Sponsors

  • The excursion will take us to North Head, one of Sydney's numerous National Parks within the city area.

    North Head is a large headland whose dramatic cliffs rises about 100m above sea level providing an impressive entrance to one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Fans of the movie Mission Impossible II would recognize this spectacular location.

    From various viewing points there are stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. North Head is a prime location for whale spotting, and KASC6 is during the peak whale season, making it likely that we will see whales, so bring your binoculars.

    We will be transported by chartered bus from the conference venue to North Head. From there we will follow walking tracks that take us past some of the best viewing spots and lead us through the coastal heath and wetlands of typical Australian flora and fauna.

    We will walk from North Head down to easy-going Manly, the ultimate 'beach' suburb with several beautiful ocean and harbour beaches. This part of the walk will provide nice views over the Northern Beaches and bring us to Shelly Beach and finally the promenade at Manly's main ocean beach.

    People can either stay for dinner in Manly to experience the lifestyle of this characteristic part of Sydney, or take the first available ferry back to Circular Quay in the heart of the city (30min duration).

    People that are not staying in Manly for dinner, will be able to take the ferry around sunset (17:00), providing picture perfect conditions for some nice shots of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as you arrive at Circular Quay.

    From Circular Quay people can take a bus or train ride (10min) back to the conference venue or go via The Rocks (2 min walk from Circular Quay), the old part of town booming with restaurants and pubs to go for dinner and drinks.