Tropic Of Capricorn

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The Tropic of Capricorn Marker, a Bicentennial community project, is set back 15 metres from the road, along the Stuart Highway 30 kilometres north of Alice Springs. In 1987 the local Alice Springs newspaper ran a competition for a design to replace the Tropic of Capricorn marker. The winning design was submitted by a local resident, it consists of a stylised globe of the world on top of a slanted pole around 6. 5 metres high. A local artist was commissioned to carve the Capricorn Goats into either side of the cement base and the new marker was officially opened late 1988. Overnight camping for 24 hours only is permitted. From Wikipedia: The Tropic of Capricorn (or the Southern Tropic) is the circle of latitude that contains the subsolar point at the December (or southern) solstice. It is thus the southernmost latitude where the Sun can be seen directly overhead. It also reaches 90 degrees below the horizon at solar midnight on the June Solstice. Its northern equivalent is the Tropic of Cancer. Its latitude is currently 23°2611.4 (or 23.43651°) south of the Equator, but it is very gradually moving northward, currently at the rate of 0.47 arcseconds, or 15 metres, per year. Less than 3% of the world's population lives south of it; this is equivalent to about 30% of the population of the Southern Hemisphere.

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Lat: -23.441325 Lng: 133.832698

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A nice spot to stretch your legs and to take a snap, plenty of other van lifers stopping at the time we were there Follow us for more Endless Aussie Adventures Instagram/Facebook @endlessaussieadventures



Pulled up in a free space only to be accosted by an intimidating bearded, hooded character banging on our window. No way we're we opening the window but he wouldn't let up. He was demanding to know if we were putting our camper up & seemed bothered that we had chosen a designated bay at the end of the area. Needless to say we did not feel safe or welcome esp so close to Alice Springs and near where Peter Falconio was killed so we left!


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