Photo Roadtrip Around Australia


From lush tropical rainforest to the Pindan desert, snowcapped mountains to stretches of white sandy beach, Australia is a photographer’s dream. Whether you’re a happy-snapping amateur or a seasoned photographer, hop in the car these holidays and hit the road for a photo-taking adventure.


From lush tropical rainforest to the Pindan desert, snowcapped mountains to stretches of white sandy beach, Australia is a photographer’s dream. Whether you’re a happy-snapping amateur or a seasoned photographer, hop in the car these holidays and hit the road for a photo-taking adventure.

New South Wales

Starting in Sydney, you can’t miss out on the chance to capture the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge through your camera’s lens. For a great ‘two for one’ shot, head to MacQuarie Point to get both architectural gems in the one picture. Now, swap the city for the country and head off on the Greater Blue Mountains Drive. Check out the world’s second largest canyon at Capertee Valley – the colours are best at dawn. The whole drive is peppered with photo-ops; quaint towns dot the drive, so if you’re into portrait photos you’ll find plenty of interesting locals along the way.


As if you needed an excuse to get your camera out in Queensland. Cruise through the glitz of the Gold Coast, snap a selfie against the sparkling skyline in Brisbane or capture the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef in full colour panorama. If you’re a fan of surf and turf, try the ‘Reef and Beef’ Drive (otherwise known as the Pacific Coast Touring Route) from Brisbane to Cairns via Rockhampton, self-proclaimed beef capital of Australia.


Tasmania’s got a little bit of everything; it’s an enclave for artists, foodies and wilderness fanatics. Hop on the Tasmania Wilderness Way and prepare to take in the breathtaking array of natural wonders along the route like Cradle Mountain and Montezuma Falls. The village of Strahan defines picturesque; don’t forget to grab a shot of Bonnet Island Lighthouse in Macquarie Harbour.

Western Australia

Tucked away a few hours south of Perth is the magnificent Margaret River region and the 90km stretch of road of driving heaven known as Caves Road. The drive hugs the coast and you’re never more than a few kilometres from the ocean. Surfer’s Point/Mainbreak is the best spot to catch some of the world’s best surfers in action! The whitewashed limestone of Cape Naturaliste lighthouse is a postcard perfect picture. Wind your way through the towering Karri trees of Boranup Forest or head underground to explore the dozens of caves that line the road. The best times for photos in the West are sunrise and sunset.

South Australia

Shutterbug your way through the streets of Adelaide and its glorious old churches. The grand St. Peter’s Cathedral is worth a snap, as is the North Adelaide Baptist Church and its 2,500 pipe organ. For a touring photographer’s paradise, pop down to Kangaroo Island and spend a few days capturing the rocky outcrops, curiously friendly wild life and untamed wilds of the Southern Ocean.


Northern Territory

The NT is vast; you could start in the Red Centre and work your way north to Darwin or traverse the top end on the Nature’s Way drive from Darwin to Katherine. Discover one of the last unspoiled natural wonders of the world. Experience billabongs, wetlands and the giant rock country of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. Get up, up and away in a hot air balloon and take some once in a lifetime aerial shots as you float over the historic city.

The Final Word

Although photography can be expensive, it doesn’t have to be. Smartphones and apps like Instagram, Afterlight and Average Camera Pro are all great apps that not only help you take the perfect shot but have inbuilt editing software and filters for that ‘professional’ touch.

If you are taking your smartphone on a photo tour around Australia, it’s a good idea to invest in a few items that will help enhance your photo taking experience.

  • Always pack a car charger. Always.
  • Get a tripod. It will help you stabilise your camera to capture the clearest shots.
  • If you’re addicted to selfies, get yourself a selfie stick. This nifty little device will give you the extra distance and stability necessary to take an awesome selfie that includes the spectacular backdrop of say, the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Planning a roadtrip this summer? Compare Roadside Assistance policies before you go and feel secure that you’re protected when on the road.

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