A Road less travelled

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Photography Tips, Travel Recommendations, Photos, Interviews, and the occasional words of wisdom you stumble across on a road less travelled


“All journey’s have secret

destinations of which the

traveller setting out

is unaware."

The Gold Coast and Hinterland

My Queensland road trip has started, with me heading south to do a recce (and some preliminary pics) for the first location on my list – the Gold Coast and its Hinterland.

With each of the locations I’ve identified, the plan is to spend a day doing the recce and some initial shooting to work out the best angle and lighting etc, another day to shoot in earnest, and maybe a third day to return to the scene to capture it in optimal conditions. I’ll do a couple of short trips around Brisbane to warm up, before jumping in a camper van for the big migration north.

The Gold Coast

6am saw me standing on the beach at Surfers Paradise – at first with the drone, then with the 35mm and finally with the medium format camera.

mateship on the beach

a wonder through the pandanus lined walkway of Burleigh Heads National Park


As it was overcast on day two, I headed into the hinterland and checked out a couple of waterfalls – the Natural Arch (or bridge, I think its called) and Purling Brooke Falls, both of which I might return to when there’s more water about (there’s actually another waterfall I think is the most photogenic (Elabana Falls) but it’s a seven kilometre hike and I’m not planning to go in unless the conditions are ideal and, ideally, I have talent.

Natural Bridge
Purling Brooke Falls

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