Capture the beauty of Queensland
The Earth is ever-changing, so that means life as a nature photographer is never boring. Be it wildlife or landscapes, there's always something new and exciting to capture, especially when you grab your camera and head to Queensland.
The beauty of Queensland
Queensland is a big state, which means it's home to a variety of landscapes. You'll find vast coastal sand dunes, mangrove forests and mudflats. There's also extensive heathland, rainforest, vibrant coral reef and deep shadowy gorges.
For most people, capturing the natural beauty of Queensland starts with Australia's "Nature Coast". Located in the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast, the Nature Coast offers incredible natural settings, with some of the world's most diverse and pristine National Parks, rainforests and waterways. From the breathtaking Glass House Mountains in the south to the coral cay of Lady Elliot Island in the north, it's a nature photographers playground.
With that in mind, here are some destinations you really must capture.
Glass House Mountains
The quiet beauty of the Sunshine Coast is where Australia's Nature Coast begins. Home to the iconic Glass House Mountains that were formed 26 million years ago, you can lose yourself in the natural serenity.
There are many lookouts where you can capture the Glass House Mountains and each one is as spectacular as the next. Mount Beerwah is among the favourites, being the highest of the ten volcanic plugs. The climb to the summit isn't for the inexperienced though, as rock scrambling is a must. For a quicker and easier snap, head to Wild Horse Mountain.
Pumicestone Passage houses a unique ecosystem, so marine life is in abundance and can be easily found. From turtles and bottlenose dolphins to dugongs, all of whom call the Passage home all year round, there's always something to capture.
If you'd prefer to capture birds through your lens, the Passage is also home to about 1,500 resident shorebirds and nearly 20,000 migratory birds. It's one of the most significant birds and marine habitats in Australia, and you can view it all from the shorebird watching area.
Rainbow Beach sits at the southern end of Fraser Island and the northern end of Cooloola National Park. Cooloola National Park, together with Fraser Island, forms part of the world's greatest sandmass - the interaction of the wind and vegetation has moved the sand around for more than 400,000 years, forming it into an incredible wind-sculptured paradise.
You can 4WD along the Great Beach Drive and pass the towering coastal sand cliffs. Complete with coloured sands, these sand cliffs make for some spectacular photos. As well as snapping the sand cliffs, be sure to check out the Carlo Sand Blow.
Fraser Island is the only place in the world where you'll find tall rainforests growing on sand dunes. This makes for incredible scenery, no matter where you are on the island.
But perhaps the most photographed part of Fraser Island is the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake McKenzie. Lake McKenzie is a clear lake and whiter than white sand. It's also insanely pure as it's a 'perched' lake (meaning it contains only rainwater), and this means it supports very little life.
Hervey Bay is the stepping-off point to Fraser Island and is the place to go if you want to watch humpback whales at their happiest. Hervey Bay also happens to have some of the safest, family-friendly beaches on the Queensland coast.
To capture Hervey Bay at its finest, the months between July and November are when you should go. This is the time to enjoy an up close humpback whale encounter, which will present you with a once-in-a-lifetime photography opportunity. Winter and spring are also great times at Hervey Bay to photograph the Tooan Tooan Creek Flying Fox Colony and the ospreys from Gables Point.
Lady Elliot Island
Located within a highly protected 'Green Zone' approximately 80km north-east of Bundaberg, Lady Elliot Island is a small coral cay island and a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life. To make the most of photographing LEI, the Canon Collective Team will take you to the island for five days of snorkelling, diving and aerial photography from a C210 plane.
Beyond the Nature Coast
If you find yourself taking photos in and around Hervey Bay, be sure to drop into Pialba Place for food and drink as a quick break from all the incredible natural surrounds and a refuel so you can continue with your photography.
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