Sydney & Surrounds
Sydney is one of those cities that as soon as you get a harbour, you know that you are in an international city. Like many other iconic cities (Paris - Stockholm etc.), photographic subjects are everywhere.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge affirms that feeling immediately. It is one of the world's most recognised icons. Whether it is bathed in fireworks on New Year's Eve or just providing a backdrop for the Harbour itself or the magnificent Sydney Opera House, it is a unique sight.
The Opera House is also one of those surreal experiences when you first lay your eyes on it.
The Opera House is also one of those surreal experiences when you first lay your eyes on it. Pictures and film can portray its unique beauty, but until you have seen it in real life, it is merely an icon in the context of the Bridge and Sydney Harbour. One cannot help but be photographically inspired by the sights around the Harbour. Not far away are probably the world's most iconic beaches at Bondi.
The iconic destination is never deserted from the beautiful expanse of the sandy beach; even in winter, the 'Icebergs' brave the cold for their ritual swims.
The coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama (and beyond) fills the visitor with a sense that this is a special place. The path winds along the shore, revealing a new vista at every turn.
Sydney's Northern Beaches stretches along the beautiful coastline from Manly as far north as Palm Beach and is a mecca for beach lovers not only on the Northern Beaches but great Sydney as well as Australian and International visitors.
Manly Beach, probably the most famous, is easily accessed from Sydney via the iconic Manly Ferry and is one of the most photographed regions of Sydney.
The coastal feel comes alive pre-dawn with surfers, Surf Lifesavers and fitness enthusiasts going about their daily ritual to the rhythm of the ocean; under a glorious rising sun.
The majestic Blue Mountains in NSW has it all for any traveller; spectacular valley views from atop sandstone escarpment, breath-taking waterfalls, and a vast array of fauna and fauna. Any visit to Sydney would not be complete without a visit to The Blue Mountains and Katoomba. The area offers spectacular scenery, plant life and wildlife to the visitor.
Echo Point and the Three Sisters are a sight to behold and easily accessible to all. Some exploring away from the thong of visitors reveals charms like Empress cascades, Wentworth Falls, and the Under-cliff walking track. It is a photographer's paradise for any time of the year, and no view is ever the same.
For many years, the Blue Mountains were considered an impenetrable barrier to early explorers heading west and even the outback beyond. The notion is thought to have been perpetrated by Sydney authorities to deter the thoughts and ambitions of convicts who try to escape and seek refuge beyond the mountain range.
The Blue Mountains forms part of the Great Dividing Range of Australia, which runs along the continent's eastern seaboard and consists mainly of a sandstone plateau. The area is dissected by gorges up to 760 metres deep. The highest point of the Blue Mountains is 1,190 metres above sea level, and in 2000, much of the region was World Heritage Listed.
The Blue Mountains National Park offers excellent walking trails, and many areas are still relatively untouched. There are a never-ending array of spectacular mountain vistas and wonderful water and cascade scenes for the photographer.