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!