Journeying down East Coast Australia, I must’ve taken thousands of photographs – some awesome and original, some that reminded me of shots I’ve seen a billion times on Pinterest. Every landmark in Australia has been photographed over and over and over but here are my Top 4 Photography hotspots for East Coast Australia, picked with originality, can’t-miss-ability and awesomeness in mind.
Noosa may be my favourite spot in Australia so far – with it’s cute little boutiques along the single strip and an unnecessarily (but appreciated) wide array of gelato parlours dotted just everywhere. The town itself has major photography potential if you’re into capturing people (or dogs – so many dogs) as Noosa is a broad mix of surf board carrying scooter owners / fancier boutique goers / oddbods who just love gelato and dogs (hello there). For me though, the landscapes of Noosa National Park were the main cause of my Noosa snap-frenzies. Lookouts perfect for peering over cliffs, surfers scattered across the waves – for me it was photography paradise and while this may not be the most original on this hotspot list, there are so many angles / frames / points of interests that something will inevitably make you want to pop off your lens cap. This is where I saw my first Koala!
2. The Whitsundays – Cannonvale Beach
I mentioned this one in my 5 free things to do in Airlie Beach post and I still standby that it’s a must. Everyone who has even been to Whitehaven beach has taken the exact same photograph from the exact same lookout and while it’s perfect and amazing and absolute heaven, it’s hard to snap it originally. My advice for a more original Whitsundays shoot is to take a short helicopter ride over the islands (how I snapped the first picture below). Otherwise, I highly recommend walking the Bicentennial Walkway round from Airlie Beach town to Cannonvale Beach – especially as the sun is setting for some gorgeous golden hour action. It also gives you the advantage of not being a billion degrees. The walkway will take you from the main town round past the marina (hello boat photography), round through to Cannonvale Beach. I would recommend pitching up here for a while on the rocks at the very end at sunset, spotting turtles and snapping the big shipwreck that is sat just offshore. There is also some shrubbery that lines the water which makes for some great pictures.
3. Maheno Shipwreck / Fraser Island
This one is probably the most unoriginal of the bunch as everyone who visits Fraser Island snaps some pics, all of which are relatively similiar. The reason I’ve included this though, is that the ship is constantly sinking – multiple feet a year. These snaps I took a few months back would never be the same as someone who visited last year, or even someone who’s taking pictures this second. To me that’s super interesting.
4. Port Macquarie, Town Beach
I’ve saved the best until last – this beach may be my favourite in the world. Not because of it’s crystal waters or silica sand, but because of the red algae that lines the water, turning it mauve. I love photographing beaches / the ocean / surfers etc etc but I do find myself snapping very similar things just in different places. Having purple sea definitely mixed it up a little and kept me mesmerised for hours. I’m not even sure this beach is called ‘Town Beach,’ we stumbled across it accidentally and a quick glance at a sign was all I had while snapping some final shots of the sunset.
The beach is also lined with brightly decorated rocks dedicated to those past or best friends, a lovely foreground to the backdrop of the sea. My favourite was a jagged rock painted as a toothy shark.