Australia and New Zealand

May 07, 2018

I was very lucky this January have to go to Australia as part of my day job, and a free flight to the far side of the world was just too good an opportunity not to tag on to the trip a holiday to New Zealand, a place I have dreamed of visiting for over 20 years. Although I was in Australia for two weeks I had very little time to explore, so I made use of my one free weekend to drive as much of the Great Ocean Road as possible. The Southern Ocean crashing into the cliffs of Victoria has created a stunning coastline of sea stacks, arches, and great beaches, although you will have to get up early to avoid the crowds.

ApostlesApostlesSome of the 12 Apostles, looking out over the Southern Ocean, Great Ocean Road, Victoria Australia. London BridgeLondon BridgeA sea arch named London Bridge, looking out over the Southern Ocean, Great Ocean Road, Victoria Australia. Ships Anchor, Wreck BeachShips Anchor, Wreck BeachLooking out over the Southern Ocean, Great Ocean Road, Victoria Australia. Crepuscular Rays, 12 ApostlesCrepuscular Rays, 12 ApostlesFor a few seconds the sunlight cut through the clouds. !2 Apostles, Victoria, Australia. A black and white conversion. Rock in the Morning TideRock in the Morning TideTaken on the beach looking out to one of the 12 Apostles, Victoria, Australia. Golden Hour, 12 ApostlesGolden Hour, 12 Apostles Last Light, 12 ApostlesLast Light, 12 Apostles New Zealand was more relaxed, but still a question of choices. I knew I had two weeks, hardly enough to scratch the surface of the country, so I decided against rushing around and instead chose to focus on just the South Island. In the end even this plan proved too ambitious, I was so taken by the landscape and relaxed culture I chose to loiter rather than rush through.

Photography was not the main aim of the visit, I was there to enjoy hiking the hills, exploring on a bike, and swimming in lakes, but the landscape is so stunning it was easy to get myself out of bed on a morning to grab an image or two. Very few things you dream about for 20 years surpass expectations, New Zealand did, I'm going back. 

Rainbow at Golden HourRainbow at Golden HourGlenorchy NZ Last Light on the Peaks above GlenorchyLast Light on the Peaks above Glenorchy Lake Ianthe Sunset LightLake Ianthe Sunset LightA beautiful DOC campsite. Tasman Lake and GlacierTasman Lake and GlacierNZ The Tasman ValleyThe Tasman ValleyThe view down the valley from the glacial moraine. Thunder Creek FallsThunder Creek FallsNZ


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