Scroll through a year in wanderlust photography to see some of our favourite moments from 2012.
Our house sitting assignment in British Colombia gave us the opportunity to head out on a Trans-Canadian road trip to Banff and Jasper National Park. Resting overnight in the town of Golden we set out in time to catch sunrise over Lake Louise.
READ // Trans Canada Road Trip
Leaving Canada by bus we crossed the border with the USA and made our way to Seattle.
On arrival we were dropped outside the FMP Museum where Ben captured this artistic shot of the building. Spending just a week exploring the city we then flew to Syndey Australia via a week long layover in Hawaii.
Our Australian adventure began with a month house sitting on Sydney’s north shore.
During our stay we were invited to join the crew of a yacht racing in the weekly Twilight Series on Sydney Harbour. Fortunately we enjoyed some glorious weather and watched the sun setting over the city skyline while racing down wind towards the last buoy.
Having purchased Winifred our 1995 Winnebago we drove south towards Melbourne and attended the Australian Grand Prix.
Our journey continued along The Great Ocean Road where we were incredibly fortunate to see some wild Koalas just hanging around on the way to our campsite on Johanna Beach.
READ // Driving the Great Ocean Road
After exploring the peninsulas of Southern Australia we travelled 1100km across the Nullarbor Plain. A quintessential Aussie outback experience. Sat by the campfire eating our toasted sandwiches we caught this great shot of the Milky Way.
READ // Crossing the Nullarbor Plain
Camping on secluded Quaggi Beach we were treated to a once in a lifetime animal encounter.
While running along the beach just after sunrise we spotted a pod of around 40 wild dolphins. Grabbing our snorkelling gear we jumped into the water to get a closer look. We spent a couple of hours playing in the waves before Charli grabbed the camera in time to capture this shot of Ben with the pod.
Another house sitting assignment this time on the NSW coast. Travelling back from Western Australia we took up residence looking after two dogs and managing a macadamia farm in the owners absence. We made the most of our time in the area exploring some of the local national parks.
Driving north up the east coast we stopped off in Brisbane to watch an AFL match at The Gabba. Unfortunately Brisbane’s form was poor and they were beaten by rivals Richmond in the 2nd half.
READ // AFL at The Gabba
Driving north to Darwin we picked up a fellow Brit and explored the arid plains of the Northern Territory. Visiting Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and sailing across the top of the country over the Arafura Sea were highlights of this action packed month.
Australia is full of Aboroginal Art sites and we hiked through Blackdown Tablelands to see these neolithic hand paintings.
READ // Back to Nature in Blackdown
Working aboard one of Cairns 5* liveaboards was one of the highlights of our Aussie adventure. Working on the dive deck we got to experience some of the world’s best ocean diving. We captured some fantastic shots of the diverse underwater world. A truly remarkable environment.
Flying into Auckland at the beginning of the month we started our Kiwi adventure with a house and dog sitting assignment in one of the western suburbs. With a house in which to relax over Christmas we spent our days by the beach and exploring the local national parks with Spencer the dog.
2012 saw us traverse much of the Australian coastline and we are grateful to have had so much time to explore. Driving over 25,000km we were able to experience much of the country’s diverse landscapes.
Looking back at our favourite moments it is hard to believe just how many incredible experiences Australia provided.
What was your favourite moment of 2012? We’d love to hear what you’ve been up to! Share your stories in the comments below.