20 Killer Photos of Australia

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Between the years of 2010 and 2011, I spent my time living, working, traveling and photographing in Australia. I explored the entire eastern half of the continent, which subsequently sparked my wanderlust.

Aside from the memories, these 20 photos are about the only things I have left to show for my time there. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

1) Small Town, Tasmania

A small town in Tasmania

Tasmania is dotted with sleepy beach towns on all sides. This day, on the northern coast, was spent driving from town to town, enjoying the beaches and hiking small hills and mountains, in search of the best Tasmanian vistas.

2) Four-wheeling on Fraser Island

Four wheeling on Fraser Island

Located off the coast of Southern Queensland, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Most notably, travelers and tourists (like myself) pile into four-wheelers and go camping and exploring for days on end.

3) Uluru at Sunset

Uluru at sunset

The icon of Australia, Uluru turns a brilliant red at sunset. I arrived only moments before this giant rock turned this magnificent color.

4) The Brisbane City Skyline

Brisbane city skyline

A view of Brisbane, from the Brisbane Eye (the Australian equivalent of the original landmark in London), in South Bank.

5) Hiking Cradle Mountain

Hiking Cradle Mountain

When hiking Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, I stumbled across this small shack, set amongst the lush greenery of this unspoilt island.

6) Snakes Fighting

Two snakes!

A vicious snake fight, caught on camera on one of the iconic Whitsunday Islands!

7) Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

The trademark Australian beach, located on Whitsunday Island, off the coast of Airlie Beach, in Central Queensland.

8) Cape Willoughby, Kangaroo Island

Cape Willoughby, Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is off the coast of Adelaide in South Australia. Cape Willoughby, on the east coast, is home to the very first lighthouse in South Australia. This photo was taken from said lighthouse, looking down at the caretaker’s cottages. I slept in the middle one for three nights.

9) Sunset in the Town of 1770

Sunset in the Town of 1770

Australia has no shortage of stunning sunsets. This was taken after a motorcycle ride in the Town of 1770 in Queensland (yes, that’s actually its name!). Sitting on the rocks, enjoying a bowl of chips, I watched the sun descend over the boats and kayaks of this small town.

10) The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Two more famous Australian landmarks! Taken on a cruise around the Sydney Harbour.

11) Crocodiles on the Yellow River, Kakadu National Park

Crocodiles in the Yellow River, Kakadu National Park

Taken from a small boat, from only a meter or two away. The Yellow River, in Kakadu National Park, is home to vast amounts of wildlife. This boy was about ten feet long and was one of about 15 wild crocs I saw that day.

12) Coastline, Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a stretch of highway that runs along the south-eastern coast of Australia. On this particular morning, the seas were rough and the winds were high. The spray from the waves rose above the sea, misting the heavy air.

13) The Road to Uluru

The highway leading to Uluru

Taken completely by accident, while driving, with my camera on the wrong setting. The only way to get to Uluru is by car, so consider renting one from Drivenow.

14) The Solway Lass, in the Whitsunday Islands

The Solway Lass, departing for the Whitsunday Islands

Built in 1902, the Solway Lass operates out of Airlie Beach, cruising through the famous Whitsunday Islands. Here she is at sunset.

15) Mama Koala and Her Baby

Mama and baby koala

I watched on in amazement as this mama koala scurried down from one tree, across the ground and up another tree. All the while, baby koala hung on for dear life. Taken on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

16) Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

The eastern coast of Tasmania hosts some of the cleanest, most sumptuous beaches and coastline I’ve ever encountered. The Bay of Fires is where I found my paradise.

17) The Small Beach Town of Yamba

The small beach town of Yamba, NSW

The small beach towns of Australia are by far my favorite. Early morning surfing, afternoon frisbee and volleyball, following by night time beers and cider. And Yamba loves the water so much, they even built a pool right next to the ocean!

18) Sunset on Magnetic Island

Sunset on Magnetic Island

I’ll never tire of the Australian Sunset. On my last day on Magnetic Island, after hiking through the old forts from WWII, the sun came down quickly, and left this behind.

19) Idyllic Beach in Yamba

Small beach, Yamba, NSW

A small, idyllic Aussie beach. Sand, waves, and peace and quiet.

20) Camping in Tasmania

Camping in Tasmania

Australia is a travelers dream, and I spent two weeks camping in Tasmania. Here, I’m on the northern coast, with a view of Stanley in the background.


 

Where did you take your favorite photo of Australia? If you’ve never been, which one of these do you love the most?


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Jeremy Foster

Founding Editor at travelFREAK
Jeremy left home in 2010 to embark on a journey to the other side of the world. Years later, he's still on the move and exploring other countries. He is now a traveling cocktail bartender and the head writer for travelFREAK! You can usually find him on either side of the bar, acting wanky and pretentious about booze.

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18 Responses to 20 Killer Photos of Australia

  1. Tess August 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    My favourite photos of Australia are from the outback! :-) Especially the Kimberleys is an amazing area!

    • Jeremy Foster September 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      I love the outback! Never made it to the Kimberleys, though.

  2. Abdul Razzak August 31, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    These are one heck of a collection of pictures. Great collection mate and oh yes, absolutely right title 20 killer photos….they definitely are killer collection of photos. Thanks!

  3. Laura @ Travelocafe September 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    What a great collection! Love #19 best :)

    • Jeremy Foster September 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      Thanks, Laura! I figured I’d keep some of the best for last!

  4. Derek4Real September 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Well if your goal with this article was to convince us to visit Australia then consider your mission a success ;)

  5. Green Global Travel September 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Absolutely stunning array of photos! Australia is a breathtaking and incredibly diverse country and you have done a brilliant job a showing it in it’s most stunning light! I genuinely love all of these images though am most drawn to jump into the pic of the Cradle Mountain trek!

    • Jeremy Foster September 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Thanks so much! I tried to compile a wide selection that showcased its many different sides! That photo from Cradle Mountain is one of my favorites, too!

  6. Jennifer Dombrowski September 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Fantastic photos! We’ve never been to Australia or Tasmania, but I really want to go. Especially after looking at your photos!

    • Jeremy Foster September 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Thank you! Tasmania was one of my favorite parts of Australia. I can’t recommend it enough!

  7. thefancyvoyager September 17, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    Wow the photos are amazing! Love this post

  8. Mytanfeet September 22, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    You have just given me 20 more reasons to visit Australia! Hopefully I’ll make it over that way soon! BEautiful photos!

    • Jeremy Foster September 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      I hope you make it that way, too! It’s worth it!

  9. Noel @ wander2nowhere October 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Wow! Amazing photos. These just made me want to go back to Australia.

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