• the monochrome cities melbourne
    Australia,  Photography

    The Monochrome Cities: Melbourne

    The queen of all colours is black.  Black and white photography is simple but full of soul.  With no distractions, seeing a city in monochrome allows for the focus to be on lighting, on textures, on contrast.  I’ve been shooting so much more of my photography in black and white (specifically Acros Yellow JPEGS for you Fuji lovers) and it’s the perfect way to see a city in a completely different light.  Cities and people take on an entirely different persona and mood when all of the colour is stripped out. This post marks the first in my online exhibitions/collections I’m calling ‘The Monochrome Cities’.  Pretty self-explanatory but here I’ll…

  • Paronella Park
    Australia

    The Magic of Paronella Park in Tropical Australia

    Hidden away in the lush rainforests of Far North Queensland lies the most unexpected of attractions. Paronella Park is the life’s work of Mr Jose Paronella who, from 1929 onwards, turned scrubland next to Mena Creek into a beautiful Spanish castle. Paronella Park is one of those attractions that really does not disappoint and it really is a one of a kind in Australia. Jose arrived in Australia from Spain in 1913 and planned for a perfect life for him and his fiancee, Matilda. Unfortunately after 13 years working hard on sugar cane farms and working his way up the ladder, he returned home to Spain to find that Matilda…

  • How to find the cardwell spa pools
    Australia

    How to Find the Cardwell Spa Pools

    At the halfway point between Townsville and Cairns lies Cardwell; a small coastal town in the Far North Tropics of Queensland.  If you’ve been heading north along the A1, this is probably the closest you’ll have driven to the sea for sometime.  Other than for a toilet stop and a place to stretch your legs, there would seem little else to do.  However, this little town holds a secret.  The Cardwell Spa Pools.  10km inland lies the brightest, bluest freshwater stream imaginable complete with a natural jacuzzi.  If you’re in the area, this is a must see and, if you’re lucky, you’ll have the place to yourselves!  The only difficulty…

  • kings park perth cbd
    Australia

    The Ten Best Things To Do In Perth

    I have fond memories of Perth; the world’s most isolated capital city.  After our campervan decided it had had enough in the middle of the Outback, we (eventually) flew to Perth to re-group.  The three weeks I spent in Perth left me feeling comfortable and safe after a nightmare of a week.  Now, even though I visited in winter, Perth was full of endless clear blue skies and mid-20 degree days.  What makes this city even more beautiful is how isolated it is.  The nearest capital city is Adelaide.  Imagine living in London and your nearest capital city being Moscow.  There’s a great feeling of togetherness here and it results…

  • A Beer Lovers Guide to the East Coast of Australia
    Australia

    A Beer Lover’s Guide to the East Coast of Australia

    Over the course of three months, I meandered my way up the well-travelled East Coast of Australia stopping at pretty much every viewpoint, beach and, most importantly, every pub. Now that might be a slight exaggeration but, with the heat of the Australian sun combined with living out of a small van, a nice cold beer can do wonders for you. Whilst a trip up the East Coast can be done in two weeks, I’d highly recommend slowing down. Even with three months to explore this region, I still felt as though it was rushed and left me wanting to see more! Now, to help plan your trip or even…

  • Vanlife in Australia
    Australia

    Vanlife in Australia: The Statistics

    From late December 2017 to mid June 2018, I lived in a tiny metal box on wheels having the time of my life.  One small campervan gave Emma and I complete freedom; we could do what we wanted, when we wanted.  If we wanted to eat breakfast overlooking the coast, track down aboriginal hand paintings, explore prehistoric rainforests or simply sleep, we could.  Welcome to vanlife in Australia! I’ve said this before but there is absolutely no better way to experience all Australia has to offer than in a campervan.  From the unimaginable overnight heat, endless horizons and kangaroos coming to have a sniff around, these experiences all get under…

  • Noosa National Park
    Australia

    A Walk in Noosa National Park

    As we meandered our way up the East Coast of Australia in Max the campervan, there was one place that both Emma and I really looked forward to; Noosa.  We’d heard wonders about this tropical paradise especially the Noosa National Park. Noosa is located on the Sunshine Coast around two hours north of Brisbane in Queensland.  Noosa is a booming holiday resort and, in my opinion, is a more up-market version of Byron Bay.  There’s plenty of boutique shops, bars and restaurants and a beach that is out of this world.  We were told that Main Beach has a climate separate to that of the high street just metres away. …

  • A Guide to Street Art in Townsville
    Australia

    A Guide to Street Art in Townsville

    Townsville is a coastal city situated in Northern Queensland, Australia, approximately 350km south of Cairns. Often seen as a stop-off point simply to visit the beautiful Magnetic Island or the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is deserving of a few days of your time.  The city offers one of the most beautiful esplanades in Australia. You’ll struggle to find somewhere as nice for a sunset stroll; palm trees as far as the eye can see and Magnetic Island just off-shore. However, in between the esplanade and the giant red rock that towers over the city, you’ll discover some amazing works of street art in Townsville. I love street art thanks to…

  • Sydney's Best Walk
    Australia

    Sydney’s Best Walk: Bondi to Coogee

    When it comes to Sydney, Australia’s largest city, no traveller will be short of things to do.  Away from the hustle and bustle of the Harbour and the Opera House, lies Sydney’s best walk; from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach.  There’s a reason this is one of the best things to do in Sydney.  The views are absolutely breathtaking.  The beaches are beautiful, not to mention the sheer cliffs, the rockpools and the turquoise ocean.  You might even spot migrating whales if your timing’s right. Whilst many walkers will walk no further than Bronte Beach, I promise you that it only gets better by going the full 6km to Coogee…

  • Australia,  Photography

    Australia From Above

    Now that my time in Australia is over, I’ve been looking through the thousands of photos I’ve taken.  I just had to invest in a drone whilst in Australia and believe that it offers such a different perspective for landscape photographers.  Whilst the quality of photos from the DJI Mavic Pro will not win any awards (you’re essentially getting smartphone camera photos from up high), I just love being able to capture things that normally you’d never see.  If you wanted to check out some inspiring Australian aerial photography, you’ve come to the right place. So, without further ado, here’s my collection of drone photos covering 15,000 miles of Australia;…