Climbing Mount Johns: Capturing the Beauty of an Alice Springs Sunset

As a photographer in Alice Springs, I’m always on the lookout for new and unique vantage points to capture the stunning beauty of the outback. And recently, I found myself climbing Mount Johns to capture a breathtaking sunset that had been building up all day.

When I arrived at the foot of the mountain, I was surprised to find that I wasn’t alone. Three people were walking up, one was walking down, another was at the top, and one more was following me up. I soon realized that this climb was a popular activity for locals and tourists alike, and I was excited to be a part of it.


The climb up Mount Johns was a bit challenging, but the reward was well worth it. As I ascended higher and higher, the view grew more and more breathtaking. The rugged terrain and red sandstone cliffs of the West MacDonnell Ranges stretched out before me, while the vast expanse of the outback lay below.


As the sun began to set, I situated myself on top of some rocks that gave me a perfect elevation to capture a panoramic shot of the vast land below. The composition of the photo was perfect, as it allowed me to include the rocks in the foreground and give the viewer something to focus on. The orange hues of the setting sun were reflected in the clouds, creating a stunning contrast against the dark blue of the sky.

But that wasn’t the only photo I captured that evening. As the sun dipped below the horizon, I moved to the north side of Mount Johns to capture the city of Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges in the distance. The city lights twinkled against the darkening sky, creating a beautiful contrast against the blue hues of the evening sky. It was a moment of pure magic, and I felt so lucky to be there to capture it.

As I made my way back down the mountain, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe and gratitude. Witnessing the beauty of an Alice Springs sunset from such a unique perspective was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And it reminded me why I became a photographer in the first place – to capture these unforgettable moments and share them with the world.


In conclusion, if you’re looking for a photographer who isn’t afraid to climb a mountain or two to capture the perfect shot, look no further than Brendan Maunder Photography.

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