In the heart of Victoria’s Grampains National Park is Brambuk. This is the National Park and Aboriginal cultural centre. Sadly, due to being on a group tour, I spent less than an hour walking around the centre. The information that I was able to read and enjoy in that short time made it well worth the visit. Out of all of the tourist information centres, including the one in Melbourne, this has to be Australia’s most impressive in my opinion.
Before traveling to Sydney I had done some research on various view points around the harbour and in this case it paid off in a big way. The above photograph was taken from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are two ways you can get up high. Most people do the Bridge Climb which at £130 was a little out of my budget, especially as they do not allow cameras! Other options include taking a helicopter which would be even more expensive, although it would take me higher. Finally, I found that you can go to the Pylon Lookout on the bridge for just £7 and take your camera. That is where this photograph was taken from which is much closer to the Rocks area of the city than the bridge climb.
It was approaching the end of the day. We had just been to “The Tweleve Apolosles”, the main tourist attraction along the Great Ocean Road. The bay of Martyrs is in many ways just as worth while seeing. It is about half a mile west of Peterborough. The best time of day to visit this area for a photograph would be in the morning rather than afternoon. Sadly, I had little choice as I was on an organised guided tour of the area when this was taken.
In front of the pretty ugly looking, Blues Point tower is McMahons Point. After speaking to a friendly guy in the tourist office, I got the ferry across the harbour. Having a couple of hours to explore the small Blue Points Reserve, meant a chance to work out the best view of the bridge. As the light dropped, I focused on not getting ferries in the photograph but capturing the trains as they travel across the bridge. This is two images blended together in Photoshop, to get a near completed light trail across the bridge.
Personally, travel photography is all about exploring the unknown. The Sydney suburb of Manly, was recommended to me by a couple of friends. Looking on the map, there seemed to be an interesting area nearby called Sydney Harbour National Park. After getting off the ferry at Manly, I walked along the coastal paths in the direction of North Point. Spring Cove was on the way. When I got to this small beach, the whole place was deserted. It looked to be a great little beach to bring a few friends for a picnic.