Who knew, Tasmania has its very own ski field. 2015 being the most snow in 30 years, the lifts were working and the snow was flowing. What was even more exciting was the rough drive up Jacob’s Ladder in the back of a Troopy.
When your on your way to Cairns from Brisbane you go through Mackay. One trip about 60km west of Mackay worth checking out is the Finch Hatton Gorge, Waterfall and Rainforest. A great place to stay is the Finch Hatton Gorge Cabins. 4×4 needed in the wet season, but in the dryer months a normal car is fine to cross the creeks to get there. Quite beautiful scenery, rainforest as impressive as SE QLD, not quite as impressive as Daintree. On the way worth grabbing a Aussie Pie at the Pinncale Pub or continue on to Eungella Chalet and onto the top to see the real live Platypus.
One thing in life that you should add to your bucket list, is the amazing place that is the Rock Islands and Jelly Fish Lake of Palau in Micronesia. I visited here in Easter 2013 on a Scuba Diving Journey, it is quite simply one of those places that is “Out of this World”. More posts will be coming soon on this amazing place, but first here is some from Jelly Fish Lake.
What makes Jelly Fish Lake unique is the Jelly Fish have been so protected in their lake, that they have no predators. Thus they have lost their stingers, enabling you to safely swim with the jelly fish, some times so thick that you forget your in water! After about a 30 min boat ride from the mainland you arrive at a little pier, then a little walk up and over a little hill puts you right in front of the lake. Scuba Diving is not allowed on the lake but you don’t need it as the Jelly Fish swim at the surface, to get the sunlight.
Such is the peaceful life of the Jelly Fish, they simply float with the small current on the lake from one end to the other each day, un perturbed by the swimmers, so excited to be in the water with them!
I visited with Sam’s Tours, one of the largest and most professional tour operators on Palau. A very highly recommended time of your life experience!
Beechworth is a nice little town nestled in the foot hills of the Victorian Snow Region in North East Victoria. Its famous for its Gold rush in the 1850s and the amazing Beechworth Bakery. I highly recommend the bakery as one of the best in Victoria for the great Australian Meat Pie.
May is a great time to visit this town as it is the change of season and the leaves are falling. These were just a few shots in and around the town that caught my eye.
Everybody who visits Byron Bay in NSW raves about the famous beaches like Wategoes. However some of the best parts or attractions can be found in the Hinterland. From the Pacific Highway (or soon to be Old Pacific Hwy) there is a lookout point off Coolamon Scenic Drive with great scenic vistas of the whole cauldron and bay that makes up Mount Warning, The Great Dividing Range, through to Murwillumbah and then onto the Byron Bay itself.
This vista is an amazing place and always super green, and on the right time of day can provide some amazing light to take in the very relaxing and scenic views. These are some of my favourite photos from the region.
These photos were taken on the NSW coast, south of Sydney in a little town called Kiama. I stayed here in May 2013 at The Sebel Kiama, which is a nice pleasant Hotel right on the door step of the town harbour. Very comfortable rooms and, quiet and away from any main roads, very pleasant.
Alongside the Harbour is this little Ocean filled swimming pool that fills from the Tasman Sea. At Sunrise it is quite a magical place. Also near here is the Blow Hole which is a hole in the rock where the ocean shoots up out of, on a good high tide. My luck I wasn’t around at high tide! But I don’t mind, I was up at 5am for these beauties, enjoy!
I used a Sony A77 with Sony’s 16-50 f2.8 (24-75 equivalent) lens at about f5.6/f8 to capture these images. This is a great lens, one of my favourites, quite high quality optic and perfect for Travel photography. This lens is also great when focusing in on the detail and keeping the background blurred.
While the A77 is just perfect for Travel with its flip out screen for FullHD movies, Panaroma mode for capturing wide spans and its Auto Dynamic Range mode.
After a flight from Brisbane to Adelaide (2000km) then a long 5hr drive to just the other side of the SA / VIC Border I stumbled past this paddock with Hay Bales at about 8:30pm on a Monday nite. I actually drove past it for about 5 km before I decided, nope that looked like some great photos back there. Turned the car around and drove back to capture these gems.
So glad I did, the sun was just at the right time when I got there, just about to dip below the horizon, which gave some nice reflections through the field. I then worked the angles for about 15 mins snapping away and I probably bagged 20 good shots from the 15 mins there. Great decision to turnaround.
And here’s the tip – So often we are travelling, and particularly with driving I find you get tired after some hours at the wheel, its still important to look to opportunities for photo ops. Even (as in this case) if it takes you 5km down the road before you turn back, its certainly worth it! Keep your Camera at hand even when your tired!
Walk the Cinqua Terre – Five Towns or Five Lands, and enjoy the magical five towns. Each village has its own subelties that make each beautiful and worth checking out. If your not up for the approx. 10km walk you can catch the train the links each village for just a few euro.
The great thing about travel is getting to experience something new. The Elephant ride in Kao Lak Thailand was such a great experience and highly recommended.