Coming Back to Australia

Coming Back to Australia – Where should I go?

Maybe we can even do a Google+ PhotoWalk somewhere, if you wanna! I’ll be coming there in about a week with +Tom Anderson. We land in Sydney, but then were going to rent a car and drive either towards Melbourne or Brisbane, stopping to take photos all along the way. I’ve never been to either place… and I know there are many Very Active Aussie photographers on here, so we value your advice!

Below is a photo that I took while in Sydney last time… I’m really looking forward to coming back – it’s just a 3 hour flight from here! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Opera House and the Docks

I took this bright and early one morning when I forced myself to get outta bed and go for a walk. I was feeling particularly lazy that morning and was oh-so-comfy in bed. I was sharing a room with a friend, and I didn’t want to wake him up. It’s very difficult to wake up, get dressed, and get all your photo equipment together while staying quiet! The only thing I was missing was a cheery assistant there with a cup of coffee. Maybe I should recruit some Starbucks barista to be my assistant – they are always hauntingly cheery and near-coffee.

Opera House and the Docks

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-11-09 10:45:20
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length32mm (32mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

  • Craig Murphy

    Tough choice this time of year, just remember it’s school holidays at the moment so plan ahead if you are doing a over night trip…

  • Casper van Zyl

    Nice Photo, then there is the Nallabour Crossing or Plain which has the 12 Apostles which i have only seen on TV. There is also the Bungle Bungles up North in W.A. or Brome with its beautiful sun sets or Perth where I can put you up for a few days. Ausie is huge so to travel its expensive and driving depending where you are going can take ages with the speed limit. Albany down south of Perth( 800 kl) has some nice rock formation around the coast but I suggest you check all info on Googles to be safe look at the pictures they have and see what tickles you fancy. Good luck with the driving and stay safe.

  • Would be awesome if you did another Sydney photowalk, I was gutted i missed the last one!

  • susan ratcliff

    Lovely shot of the Opera House – knowing you wherever you pick it will be an adventure! πŸ™‚

  • Chris Hearne

    Head south out of Sydney towards Melbourne via Wollongong and Sea Cliff Bridge and then take the Great Ocean Road.

  • Great sunrise. I wish we had sunrises like that over here. Well, maybe we have, but we don’t have an Opera House… πŸ˜‰

  • Darcy Perkins

    Head south to Melbourne, then head to the great ocean road/12 apostles/apollo bay/etc.

  • Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world. Grab a few coffees and then road trip along the Great Ocean Road. Here’s a guide

  • Maria Falvey

    Such an amazing work of architecture and icon that I never thought I’d see a photo of it that held me spellbound. Thanks Trey, you’ve done it! Sublime.

  • Got to be Melbourne and the GOR for fantastic photo ops. Also if you go to Melbourne, forget Starbucks! They have some of the best independent baristas around. You’ll never have a starbucks ever again πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful photo, Trey. Love the colors on the water!! Have a great Wednesday!!

  • Tony Baldwin

    Definitely come to Victoria and see the great ocean road. I will personally spend a couple of days escorting you through some of the best scenery you will see in a long time. Contact me at [email protected]

  • malapascua

    Wow, great pics. I would like to go to Australia next summer.

  • Trey: Great colors!

  • Aubrey Brown

    Hi Trey, as many people have mentioned The Great Ocean Road it has fantastic rugged coastline which is easily accessible. I stay at Apollo Bay which is central to much of the scenic areas. Also the Grampians National Park is a great place to visit, rugged mountains surrounded by farmland and forests and waterfalls, and many fantastic rock formations. …………… Regards Aubrey

  • Michael Akayan

    Love the photo Trey and as a Sydneysider I am very keen for you to abandon your plans to go to Melbourne/Brisbane and hang our here in Sydney instead…. But selfishness aside, I’d highly recommend going to Melbourne as I think there are tones of places there that you would love to photograph. Some highlights for me are the many beautiful arcades like Block arcade, Royal arcade and Capitol Arcade. Make sure you stop for a good coffee at Degraves street.

    There are also lots of fantastic little laneways to explore in the city, like Niagra Lane, Hardware Lane and Flinders Lane. Also check out Flinders St station which is beautiful I think. Southbank is worth a visit if the weather is good. Nice skyline and river views there.

    I am sure native Melbournites could probably give you more ideas but these were some of the highlights for me.

  • gavz

    You could always drop by Canberra on the way to Melbourne πŸ˜‰ Definitely second the GOR, you will probably like St Kilda too.

  • Dan Shelley

    Come join me and my dogs in Centennial Park before you leave town. The park has plenty of beautiful old trees with great character and the Lachlan swamp trail provides a truly unique look and is home to 100s of the bats by day which patrol Sydney every night.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    These are great suggestions! Reading through them all now! πŸ™‚

  • Hey Trey you should go catch up with a well known photog by the name of Eugene Tan, aka Aquabumps. We delivers amazing images from the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney. I would love to see what you 2 could produce!!

  • Mark Hobson

    There are so many amazing places to see in Melboune but I would vote for Brisbane. Beautiful old church’s amazing sunset and sunrise photo ops and a great place to stop on the way is the Gold Coast it is filled with endless beaches and hidden spots in the hinterland. I have discovered and photographed so many cool places here.


  • Hey Trey, I live 40 mins from great ocean road, 12 apostles, have a spare room if your keen!!!! πŸ™‚

  • if you make the trip to Victoria, I live in Warrnambool, some great spots around here and only 45 mins from great ocean road check out my flickr account for shots around here[email protected]/ excuse my photo abilities πŸ˜‰ LOL

  • Lesh

    sydney is so cliche… you’ve already been here and australia has soo much more to offer… but if you must… travel out from the
    city… try the blue mountains or go down the south coast as someone else already suggest and even visit the ACT there is so much to see in our “fair” nations capital…

    victoria is gorgeous…the beautiful coastline from lakes entrance down to wilsons promontory round to philip island (penguins) stop at a little place called wonthaggi famous for a coal mine and now wind turbines πŸ™ travel past a beautiful old bridge and if your lucky and the light is just right you can get a great shot with the ocean crashing behind this old wooden railroad bridge… then catch the ferry from queenscliffe to sorrento… visit geelong… down to GOR of course… or visit melbourne as someone else suggest the cafes, the laneways… st kilda, southbank, sth yarra is always good for people spotting,,, melbourne is very very chic, not forgetting fan-bloddy-tasitc shopping!

    travel in to fabulous SA… wineries, beautiful churches, lovely victor harbour with its working steam engine and horse drawn carriage… TDU will be starting on the 20th January… cycling
    keep going into WA… visit beautiful kings park and you have views of the whole of the city… (sorry i was only there for 7 hours)

    travel up to broome… with its beautiful contrast between red earth and the bluest of blue waters… amazing… quiet surreal when you are swimming in that beautiful water, you feel like you shouldn’t be.

    Please forgive me, Tas, and NT… i’ve only ever switch planes in the NT and didn’t get to see any of that fine state… except the airport bar πŸ˜‰
    i’m sorry QLD, you are not my favourite place to visit… and yes you do have some of the most beautiful beaches you are a little overrated for my liking… <3 please forgive me

  • David_G

    A bit over an hour west of Sydney is the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. I live there πŸ™‚ If you need a guide just sing out πŸ˜‰

  • Emma McPherson

    Hey Trey stopover in Mansfield Mt Buller and the High Country – my home – great landscapes and the iconic Craig’s Hut. Can be an easy detour between Sydney (9/8.5hours) and Melbourne (2.5hours). Mountains and lakes and lots in between. Would love to be involved in a photo walk if you get one underway. Would love to show you around if dates match.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Really great suggestions! πŸ™‚

  • carina okula

    How much fun are you going to have! So many are telling you to go to Melbourne. Instead, I’m going to tell you to drive the opposite direction and head north. Take the Pacific Highway. There’s beautiful lake scenery as you cross the Hawkesbury River. Then head inland to the Hunter Valley – fabulous scenery over the wine vineyards. Keep on your way to the New England Highway to Glen Innes. Once at Glen Innes visit the Washpool State Forest and Gibraltar Range National Park – amazing walks, waterfalls etc, the trees and rainforests are just incredible truly nothing like it in the southern part of the state – as are the leeches (HUGE) – so have salt to put on them. πŸ™‚ Then make your way through to Tenterfield and take the Bruxner Highway to Tabulum Bridge – an old rattle of a bridge that still stands and you have to drive over it. You’ll get lots of Australian scapes – not the Great Ocean Road but certainly rustic bush. Tamworth Country Music festical is 18-27 january and whilst it is nothing like ‘Burning Man’ – you’ll certainly find some *interesting* characters around the town. The towns will not have the grandeur of buildings you’ll find in Sydney, and far from the Paris chateau, but fun could be had with lighting and quirkiness along the way in buildings such as the former hospital in Glen Innes that now has the odd room or two as the local historical house, and Tenterfield Tourism has a website of places that are full of character and would be fun to photograph. You can then take the coastal road north until you arrive in Brisbane. Save Melbourne for outside of the summer season when the heat won’t be so intense.

Newsletter Sign Up

The most beautiful newsletter ever!