[dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]elcome back to our Snapshots Series. ultimate australian road trip
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Simply scroll down and absorb each image, but be warned, this insta-essay is likely to cause a strong desire to down tools and book yourself a one way ticket to Australia.
In this edition we’ve collated a few of our favourite moments from our ULTIMATE AUSTRALIAN ROAD TRIP. So fasten your seatbelt, we’re taking you on a journey of over 25,000km across one of the world’s most diverse continents.
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The Twelve Apostles
Exploring the Shoreline
Wind Swept Coastline
The only nation to govern an entire continent which is estimated to cover 7,692,024 square Kilometres, Australia offers a great variety of landscapes and coastlines to explore.
Its southern shores host a lush blanket of plains and basins peppered with mountainous areas, such as the Musgrave Ranges in the northwest and the Flinders Ranges in the southeast.
The driest inhabited continent on earth its interior has one of the lowest rainfalls in the world, and about three-quarters of the land is arid or semi-arid.
Yet, however dry the earth may be it has yet to deter the wealth of both flora and fauna that has adapted to live in every nook and cranny of this vast and varied landscape.
The 12 months that we spent traversing the highways and rural roads which connect this sparsely populated island, served only to inspire the desire to further explore the country’s great wilderness.
I hope one day we’ll return and spend more time getting to know the land Down Under. However in the meantime, let me share with you our favourite snapshots from our ultimate Australian road trip.
[divider] SYDNEY NSW [/divider]
Pushing For the Finish Line
Twilight Racing on Sydney Harbour
Silhouettes on Sydney Harbour
Sydney is an iconic city and acts as a base for many who visit Australia, ourselves included.
Having purchased our camper from a family in one of the city’s suburbs, we took the opportunity to soak in the vibrant culture and relaxed vibe on offer.
During our first Aussie house sitting assignment we were invited to join the crew of a yacht sailing in the CYCA Twilight series. An opportunity we couldn’t miss and one that offered a rather unique perspective of the well known city skyline.
[divider] GREAT BARRIER REEF QLD [/divider]
Anemone and Anemone Fish
Life on the Great Barrier Reef
A Common Lion Fish
One of the most notable features of the Australian continent has to be the Great Barrier Reef.
Composed of 900 islands and over 2,900 individual reefs the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. Covering an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres the reef is larger than the Great Wall of China and is the only living thing on the planet that can be seen from space.
Diving the reef is an experience quite unlike any other. The wealth of marine life is truly remarkable and the colours are so rich and varied that at times it is hard to imagine how such beauty can exist.
[divider] NULLARBOR PLAIN SA [/divider]
Sunrise on the Nullarbor
Exploring the Remote Plains
Tarmac Stretches for Miles
If you’re hankering after your own epic road trip and plan to book a campervan rental to experience the real Aussie Outback, you should consider traversing Australia’s most iconic highway the Nullarbor Plain which connects Southern and Western Australia.
A 1200km stretch of tarmac it follows the southern coast of the country and takes those adventurers who’ve decided to make the mammoth journey from the cities of Syndey, Melbourne and Adelaide over land to Perth, into some of the most remote parts of the Aussie Outback.
We were fortunate enough to travel across the Nullarbor twice and snapped this shot one morning at sunrise as the evening mist retreated back out to sea.
[divider] DANGAR FALLS NSW [/divider]
Aboriginal Hand Paintings
A Goanna in the Grass
Tucked away on the northern tablelands of NSW is the quaint navigable route of the Waterfall Way.
The route travels through some of the state’s most scenic countryside and encompasses seven national parks, three of which are listed as World Heritage Areas by UNESCO and form part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
Dorrigo National Park is home to the waterfalls which gives the route its name, and offers those travelling north or south the perfect detour from the sometimes monotonous Bruce Highway.
[divider] KATHERINE GORGE NT [/divider]
The Northern Territory is often overlooked as a humid and indomitable landscape yet it offered us the chance to experience true outback living.
Darwin itself is quite different to the major cities in the country’s other states, however it is the surrounding landscape which serves to highlight the dramatic difference between north and south.
This shot of Katherine Gorge highlights the scenic beauty of the arid terrain. Steeped in Aboriginal heritage and significance, it was a place which seemed to almost reach out to my soul and steel my heart.
[divider] SS YONGALA QLD [/divider]
Giant Marble Rays
The Sunken Wreck
Reclaimed by the Sea
Known in scuba circles as possibly the best marine wreck to dive, the S.S Yongala has a reputation for the diverse range of life that has made the structure home.
After falling victim to tempestuous seas during a cyclone the S.S Yongala sank to the depths of the ocean floor on 23rd March 1911. Considered one of the most tragic incidents in Australian Maritime history the S.S Yongala lay undiscovered for almost 50 years before two skin divers happened upon the wreck.
Diving this sunken time capsule has been one of my scuba highlights and I highly recommend the experience to anyone who loves nothing more than exploring the underwater realm.
[divider] OUTBACK WA [/divider]
The Milky Way
A Blanket of Stars
There’s really nothing like the Australian Outback.
Arid and vast it consumes much of the continent pushing the few pockets of civilization out towards the cooler coastal climates. However no visit to the country is complete without experiencing at least one night in this great desert.
As the sun set the cold night air wrapped itself around you and the sky revealed a hidden treasure kept out of sight by the light of day. I’d never seen the night sky in such clarity before.
[divider] VICTORIA NIGHT MARKET VIC [/divider]
Kiss Me Quick
Every Wednesday evening from 5pm the Vic Market in the centre of Melbourne comes alive.
Vibrant stalls bursting with vintage fashions, handmade crafts and gourmet treats attract crowds of visitors who arrive for an evening of street food and live music.
I caught this snap of Charli trying on a straw hat as I scanned the bustling scene before me through the viewfinder of my camera.
[divider] AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE [/divider]
Emu on the Nullarbor Plain
Wild Dolphins in WA
No collection of Aussie snapshots would be complete without the obligatory koala bear photo.
Add to that a snapshot of me swimming with a pod of wild dolphins, and an Emu nestled in the wild expanse of the Nullarbor Plain and you’ve a winning wildlife trio.
Our time in Australia encompassed some truly memorable moments. I hope this edition of our Snapshot series has served to inspire you to explore Australia’s varied landscapes yourself. If so hop on over to Visit Australia for more Aussie inspiration.