Royal National Park is the world's second oldest national park, and it's located along a stretch of coastline about an hour south of Sydney CBD. It's accessible via public transport from the city — first take the train to Cronulla, then behind the train station you can catch the ferry across to Bundeena. From Bundeena it's a short walk through the village to the national park.
A great way to explore Royal National is via The Coast track. The Coast track stretches the length of Royal National from Bundeena to Otford. To walk the entire 26km coastal track takes two days, but you can also tackle parts of the track for a day walk. On this trip, one warm winter's day, I walked from Bundeena to Marley Beach and back — and with my plentiful photo stops, it took an afternoon.
This photograph was captured near the infamous Wedding Cake rock. The ocean is just beyond these rocks but without that context, the photo looks as if it could've been of a spot hundreds of kilometres inland.
There's plenty to see in Royal National — rock pools, coastal cliffs, birds, wildflowers — for this walk, this picture of the coast looking like the outback was my pick for photo of the day.
Tasmania in January — it's summer, and it looks gloriously warm, but don't be fooled, it can be super chilly, especially when you're up top of kunanyi / Mount Wellington and the wind is blowing.
This photograph was taken during a test run up the mountain. Having arrived in Hobart for the first time ever, I knew I wanted to capture a sunrise from the kunanyi summit, but this called for a trip up during daylight hours, to make sure I knew where I was going.
This was one of the first shots I took, and it ended up being my favourite, even more so than the photos I shot at sunrise the following day (by which time clouds had rolled in making for dark, freezing, and rainy conditions!).
If you're in Hobart, the trip up kunanyi / Mount Wellington is well worthwhile. A short drive from town, the summit offers spectacular views over Hobart — and if you have time there's plenty of walking trails and spots to picnic.
Redhead Beach is a great spot about a half hour's drive out of the centre of Newcastle. It's a popular beach for photographers who visit to capture the old wooden shark-tower that sits atop rocks on the shoreline.
"The Redhead tower was constructed in 1929, during the Depression, by relief labour for unemployed local men. The timber came from a local disused coalmine..." You can find out more about the history of the old Redhead shark-tower here.
Above the old shark-tower and the Redhead surf club is the bluff, where this picture was taken. Redhead Bluff offers ocean views all the way down to Blacksmiths beach... and it's a perfect spot for catching the sunset — especially when the sunset glows golden like it did on this day.
Vacy is a small rural village on the picturesque Paterson River, about an hour's drive from Newcastle.
This photograph was shot one dewy morning, as light began filtering through the trees on the banks of the river.
If you're thinking of taking a trip to Vacy, let this guide convince you! It's a lovely spot, a little bit off the beaten track.
I've probably passed this building a thousand times, but I'd never stopped to take a picture.
Sydney is home to many styles of architecture. As you walk the main streets of the city, there's still a handful of tiny old churches and heritage buildings alongside towering skyscrapers.
And then there's beauties like this one... spotted on a section of Pitt St between Martin Place and Circular Quay. This picture was taken in the midday light on the second day of the new year.
This is one of the pictures from my first attempt at long exposure night time photography. It is taken from a spot on the beach, a couple of hours after sunset.
The light you see in this picture is testament to the incredible things made possible with a dark night, a decent camera, a few simple props, and a bit of patience.
The forested mountain pictured here is on the way from Cairns to Kuranda in tropical north Queensland — where the rainforest meets the reef, as the local tourism organisation rightly puts it.
There is a scenic railway that takes visitors from Cairns up through the mountains to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, home to a few pubs and cafes, lots of local markets, and plenty of activities from river cruises to rainforest walks and more.
Shooting this picture — it was an overcast morning, and I was on a moving train, but having spotted this rocky peak from the foothills, I knew I wanted to capture it up close. As the train slowed around the bends I waited for a gap in the trees to get the shot. And there was just enough light and blue sky to make the picture.
The Liverpool Plains is one of Australia's most productive agricultural regions.
Thanks to its favourable climate, underground water system, and fertile rich black soils, farmers on the Liverpool Plains are able to both produce winter and summer crops — including wheat (used in pasta, flour, bread, cakes and biscuits), corn, sunflower seed products (such as oil and seeds), canola (for oil), sorghum (used in flour and animal feed), barley (for feed and beer malt), chickpeas and legumes and other specialist crops as well as beef, lamb and wool and cotton.
Unfortunately, the region is threatened by coal mining. Chinese-government owned mining company Shenhua is planning to develop an open-cut coal mine project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains. Local farmers, including Andrew Pursehouse whose farm neighbours the proposed mine site, fiercely oppose the mine proposal and are fighting to stop it.
I took this picture during one of many visits to meet with farmers and members of the community working to protect the region from mining. This picture and others have been featured by Fairfax in a number of news stories about the proposed mine.
In the past few years I've visited many beautiful spots in rural and regional NSW. The nature of my work meant I was mostly in these pretty spots to meet locals working to stop a coal mine or coal seam gas field from destroying a community, a forest, or farm land.
This is the Gloucester Valley, and sadly, it is no exception. In addition to being a very pretty part of the world, Gloucester is home to a diverse and sustainable economy including long
established agriculture such as the beef, dairy, and horticulture industries — and it's the gateway to the World Heritage Listed rainforests of Barrington Tops.
It is also threatened by the encroachment of mining. After years of campaigning, locals earned a hard-fought victory against the company seeking to develop a coal seam gas field on the outskirts of town. The threat of expanded open-cut coal mining remains.
I took this shot early one morning on a hill above the town. I'd gone up thinking I wanted to shoot the infamous Buckets, but the view in the other direction — over the mountains and paddocks — was too good to pass up.