The top 10 Australian photo bucket list

We all have things we absolutely have to photograph when we travel. Not only are they proof you’ve been there and great memories, but they’re also ways of showing your Facebook, instagram, pinterest or Twitter friends what a great time you’re having, or to let your family and friends know you’re safe and well (and rub it in a bit that you’re away having fun and they’re stuck at home!) If you are planning to do some photography in Australia then these 10 destinations are probably high on your photo bucket list.

1. Sydney Harbour Bridge
Let’s face it everyone knows, and loves, the Harbour Bridge. It’s such an iconic sight that it’s an absolute must for your photography collection. There are great views of the bridge from numerous places around Sydney but most people photograph it from Darling Harbour and around the Opera House. You can also get good photos of it from out in the harbour on a passenger ferry.

2. Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is another iconic sight so while you’re snapping the bridge no doubt you’ll get this one too. Again if you wander around the harbour area a bit you’ll discover some good vantage points of it from a number of angles, including from ferries and scenic flights.

3. Great Ocean Road
The scenic delights of this amazing coastline between Melbourne and Adelaide are worthy of a few snaps. The Twelve Apostles as featured below are probably amongst its most well known features but you could also snap other incredible limestone formations such as London Bridge or Loch Ard gorge.

4. The Blue Mountains
The wonderful alpine reaches of the Blue Mountains are just an hour out of Sydney and have some fantastic natural features worth photographing. The Three Sisters (pictured below) is probably the most noteworthy but there are also the Jenolan caves and their incredible limestone formations, some picturesque waterfalls and great forest and walking tracks.

5. Uluru-Kata Tjuta

This is probably the ultimate travel shot of Australia not only because it’s a long way from anywhere and the journey alone deserves a photographic record, but it truly is an amazing place and it photographs beautifully. The red rock looks incredible in photographs at all times of day, and night! It’s definitely worth getting up for the sunrise photo opportunities here or the evening sunset.

6. The Great Barrier Reef

Images of the beautiful blue waters, the pure white beaches, the marine life, the coral and resorts of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef are probably why you came here in the first place. Make sure you get your photographs!

7. The Daintree
Think big, big trees, killer crocs, beautiful rivers and every shade of green you can possibly imagine and you’ll come up with a great photograph of this incredible rainforest area.

8. Wild / native animals

Kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, lorikeets, brumbies, crocodiles, sharks, dolphins, whales… Australia has so many native animals and there are plenty of opportunities to photograph them. You just might want to be careful with some of them!

9.Bungle Bungles

The incredible rocky sandstone strata of the Bungle Bungles in Western Australia are amazing both from the ground or from the air. These domes of rock are incredibly striking particularly in the morning or afternoon when the softer light gives their layers and colours become far more saturated.

10. Cradle Mountain
Tasmania’s famous mountain is fast becoming one of the most recognised sights in Australia. It’s also one of those places you don’t drive past every day, or hike to. If you really want a good shot of it you’ll have to put your walking shoes on, but a trek up to it is indeed picturesque and affords you other great photographic opportunities of nearby Dove Lake and Tasmanian wilderness.

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