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New South Wales isn’t necessarily known as an outback destination – or for its outback towns. But it should be, says Nigel Herbert – and sooner, rather than later. Here is his photographic odyssey. I have just come back from a 2500-kilometre road trip around the NSW outback. Some of it on actual roads. Of course, it was beautiful. Of course, it was spectacular. And parts of it were booming. But parts were busting – or just plain busted. Which got me thinking. These country towns of ours really have been defined by their boom-bust cycles. In the 1880s, Wilcannia...
Photographer Tracy Ryan finds the best spots to snap Litchfield National Park, NT, 1500 square kilometres of gorgeous landscapes and diverse environments. The thundering waterfalls, rainforests, pandanus-lined pools, fields of termite mounds and great walking tracks make Litchfield National Park a photographer's dream. It is 100 km south-west of Darwin, near the town of Batchelor, and is generally accessible all year (on sealed roads). In the dry season it is also possible to get to the park from the north via Cox Peninsula Road (unsealed). The park used to be a secret, with Kakadu taking all the limelight, yet nowadays...
Photographer Nick Leary carved out a global career shooting the word's most beautiful people before falling in love with the outback, as told to Georgia Rickard. Nick Leary has a pretty amazing job. “It’s true,” he admits with a laugh. “But I’m just doing what I love – taking pictures.” That’s a bit of an understatement. Leary has shot for the Giorgio Armanis, the Calvin Kleins and the Vogues of the world; sent on assignment to not only shoot fashion for the biggest brands on earth but the most famous faces, too (think Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Miranda Kerr…). And that means...
I took this shot in August at sunrise, just a few minutes before stepping on board a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong in the Kakadu National Park. I knew I would see many animal species during the cruise and I was also aware that there were plenty of crocodiles in the water… however, at this moment, I was only contemplating the calm of the misty scene. I really wanted to capture the contrast between the landscape and the wildlife that was about to wake up soon! The colours were spectacular and I loved the perfect reflection.” Delphine Denans, Sydney, NSW Calling...
Western Australia’s vast Kimberley is one of the most rugged and last true wilderness areas left on earth. And, as you’ll see, its ancient escarpments, amazing waterfalls and gorges means it’s a photographer’s paradise too, explains photographer and guide Tracy Ryan. If you plan to travel to the Kimberley, especially if you want to take some photos, give yourself some time - you just won’t want to leave! Whether it’s Kununurra, along Highway 1, or taking the more adventurous route along the Gibb River Road to Broome, the area is filled with life-changing experiences and scenes that will forever remain in your heart and soul. I...
Northern Territory photographer Tracy Ryan has a knack of capturing the majesty of Kakadu, in all its seasons and moods. Here are her top photography spots in the 20,000 square kilometre national park. Kakadu’s ancient wetlands, escarpment, outliers, woodlands, and monsoon rainforests - home to our earliest Australians for more than 50,000 years - are a photographic and cultural adventure. The national park recognises the local indigenous calendar of six seasons, where throughout the year the landscapes undergo spectacular changes. The favourite time of year for photography enthusiasts to visit the park is 'Wurreng', in June and July (height of...
As her year-long photographic internship at Australian Traveller comes to an end, Rebecca Taylor reflects on the highs and lows of working in magazines and what she learnt about this great country I was born and raised in Australia. But I admit, I never fully realised how much this country has to offer. I’ve always been one to daydream about faraway lands, discovering hidden paradises and immersing myself in foreign cultures, but I don’t think I ever seriously considered what was sitting in my backyard. That is, until I began a year-long photographic internship at Australian Traveller. Looking back, I don’t think...
This oasis-like wetland, watered by hot springs, lies on Clayton Station, 44 kilometres north of Marree on the iconic Birdsville Track. The camping area has a corrugated iron tub, which provides a unique hot spa experience under the stars. Ros Mayes, Eumundi, Qld Calling all Australian Travellers! For a chance to have your photograph published in Australian Traveller, please email a hi-res image (300 dpi, minimum 10 cm wide), your details and a short description of the image to email@example.com Our winner for each issue receives a major prize. Each runner-up receives a $100 gift voucher from Australia’s first and finest photobook maker, Momento....
This photo was taken at Lake Pedder, deep in the south-west of Tasmania. It was taken in July this year and I had headed out to the lake to try and get some nice general shots of the area. I was taking a shot of the overall landscape of Lake Pedder when I looked to my right and saw the rain captured within the sun rays. I was on my own with no one else there, which was a shame as I couldn’t tell people about it until I got back home. Cameron Blake, Rosetta, Tas Calling all Australian Travellers! For a chance to have your photograph published in Australian Traveller, please email a...
This image, ‘The Sunworshipper’, came about one morning in February when I took my darling boy Rosco to Jenny Dixon Beach, on the NSW Central Coast, for a sunrise treat. I spent the morning telling him to get his bum out of my shots, only to find once I got home that those with him in it were the truly special ones. Rosco had only recently recovered from a stroke and regained the use of his legs and voice, so this image has come to symbolise the joy each day brings, as well as the strength found through resilience and perseverance. Tammara Stewart, Mannering Park, NSW Calling all Australian Travellers! Think...
In the past few years, something never before recorded in history happened in South Australia: the filling, and re-filling… and re-filling… of Lake Eyre. Australian photographer Peter Elfes has been documenting the process. Words by Georgia Rickard (and Ryan Auberson-Walsh) Peter Elfes does not consider himself a betting man. “But do you remember that Gwyneth Paltrow movie, Sliding Doors?” he asks down the phone line, from his holiday home on the NSW South Coast. He’s referring to the 1998 film that explores the dramatically different paths one’s life can take in accordance with the events of a single moment; a movie that,...
This was shot at sunrise on a rocky outcrop at Currumbin,Queensland. It was actually a bit of fun trying to time the shutter and get the best formation of water. I used a Canon 500D with a Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 lens. It was shot at ISO100, 12mm, f/10 at 1.3 seconds. Andrew Caitens, Brisbane, Qld Calling all Australian Travellers! Think you’ve got a winning photo? Send us the best Australian travel image you’ve ever captured for your chance to win a great prize. In the first instance, email a low-res pic to: firstname.lastname@example.org For this incredible winning image AT reader Andrew Caitens has won a Tamron SP AF70-200mm...
Jennifer Pinkerton captures the visual essence of 2013's Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival as one of Australian Traveller's 2013 Bucket List edition. Here she explains why these photos were the pick of her bunch. There is something sacred and oh-so-special about the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival. For starters, it’s existed for centuries before white settlement, right in this spot, just shy of a town called Laura in Far North Queensland. It’s a photography lover’s dream, too – all that dust, late afternoon orange light and contrasting white paint on black skin. Over two days, I made about 3000 images. These are...
Photographer Jesse Booher explains how he captured the eclectic Booktown Festival in Clunes, small-town Victoria, as part of Australian Traveller's 2013 Bucket List edition. Q: What was your favourite image of the event? The one I felt best portrays Booktown visually would be the one with the couple with their toddler in the stroller. It seemed to typify Booktown's relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. People seemed to be very laid back while looking through the available books and the kids were happy to run amok. I also like the photo with the Book Grocer's sign in the foreground showing how wide the...
Although I live in Melbourne, I rarely head over to St Kilda or the waterfront. On Easter Monday of this year I decided to head over and do a touristy walk to get some photos, despite the gloomy, overcast conditions. As soon as I saw the stark white kiosk against the stormy sky I knew this would make a fantastic black and white photo and rushed to the end of the pier to get a nice close wide angle. Very glad I braved the weather! This was definitely the standout shot of the day. I used a Canon 5d Mark II and Canon EF 17-40mm f4 lens. Shutter was...
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