Travel Photography - East Australia: Queensland & New South Wales

All-Natural Queensland Wonga Beach and Surroundings

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Landscape scenery, picture taken during the drive to Wonga Beach, North Queensland, Australia.  Daytime at Wonga Beach, Queensland Australia. As you can see, there is nothing disrupting the natural environment. Wonga Beach is full of this mystifying sand formations, who´s authors I wasn´t able to discover. North  Queensland, Australia.Romantic bonfire at sunset, enjoying the lovely colors of the light and sky, preparing myself for the quiet, deep dark night at Wonga Beach, Queensland, Australia. And the food chain continues to go round and round in Queensland´s ecosystems. Somewhere in Queensland, Australia.
Landscape scenery, picture taken during the drive to Wonga Beach, North Queensland, Australia.
Landscape scenery, picture taken during the drive to Wonga Beach, North Queensland, Australia. | Source
Daytime at Wonga Beach, Queensland Australia. As you can see, there is nothing disrupting the natural environment.
Daytime at Wonga Beach, Queensland Australia. As you can see, there is nothing disrupting the natural environment. | Source
Wonga Beach is full of this mystifying sand formations, who´s authors I wasn´t able to discover. North  Queensland, Australia.
Wonga Beach is full of this mystifying sand formations, who´s authors I wasn´t able to discover. North Queensland, Australia. | Source
Romantic bonfire at sunset, enjoying the lovely colors of the light and sky, preparing myself for the quiet, deep dark night at Wonga Beach, Queensland, Australia.
Romantic bonfire at sunset, enjoying the lovely colors of the light and sky, preparing myself for the quiet, deep dark night at Wonga Beach, Queensland, Australia. | Source
And the food chain continues to go round and round in Queensland´s ecosystems. Somewhere in Queensland, Australia.
And the food chain continues to go round and round in Queensland´s ecosystems. Somewhere in Queensland, Australia. | Source

Australia, a Very Natural Experience

Australia is one of the countries where intimate and profound contact with nature is still easy to achieve. In such a huge territory, where space is abundant and population is quite centralized in the main big metropolis, Australia´s explorers can attain, more than anywhere else in the world, the kind of natural experience that they wished for in their dreams.

Australia is the place to become one with nature again and feel the sun, the air, the water, the sky, and the natural beauty of its diverse flora and fauna thriving with fertility and abundance.

Wonga Beach is an example of a seaside spot like the ones I just described, but there are many, many such places to visit (especially in Queensland); places where one can blend with nature again, disconnect from the many stimulus we are receiving throughout our lives, and go back to a more “primitive” state in which the human being feels like a fraction of the whole lot of whole world we are living in.

Even while driving through East Australia´s roads and highways, the beauty of the landscape, the deep blue skies, the brilliantly green vegetation and the wild animals that can be seen are part of that exciting experience of coming back to a barely touched place, where most of the times we feel happy and relaxed, involved in the luxurious simplicity of nature (see images of Wonga Beach and Surroundings for reference).


Map of North Queensland, Australia

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A markerDaintree National Park -
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B markerWonga Beach -
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C markerPort Douglas -
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Australia, Exploring Nature from a More Civilized Approach

Australia´s natural beauty can be explored either by the "all-natural-perspective" of a free-range-wanderer or, by a more civilized approach with all the comforts and lavish extravagance money can buy.

Examples of places where one can have each of these experiences follow.



Queensland

Australia is a huge country, much larger than we can ever grasp by looking at a map, and it is impossible to explore in its entirety. Even when looking at a single state, distances are very big and not everything is accessible by road, especially in the northern region of Queensland. Nevertheless, what´s available is more than enough to have experiences for all kinds of travelers.

On the one hand, Queensland has very pristine and almost virgin environments (like Wonga Beach and surroundings), but, on the other, it has lots of beaches and natural environments where tourism´s infrastructure is fully developed, and where ecotourism and adventure tours are only possible through its well organized channels.

Cairns and Noosa, both located in far North Queensland´s coast, are beachside destinations with all the hospitality services one can dream of, from day-time entertainment, including tours and activities organized by travel agencies, to food and night life. Both of them have a considerable touristic affluence and are examples of the more civilized approach to the Australian experience.

A brief description of both towns follows.


Cairns Jockey Club

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Cairns Jockey Club Horse Racing. Cairns, Queensland, Australia.Cairns Jockey Club Horse Racing. Cairns, Queensland, Australia.Cairns Jockey Club Horse Racing. Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
Cairns Jockey Club Horse Racing. Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
Cairns Jockey Club Horse Racing. Cairns, Queensland, Australia. | Source
Cairns Jockey Club Horse Racing. Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
Cairns Jockey Club Horse Racing. Cairns, Queensland, Australia. | Source
Cairns Jockey Club Horse Racing. Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
Cairns Jockey Club Horse Racing. Cairns, Queensland, Australia. | Source

Cairns

The great advantage of Cairns is that it is the gateway to two of Queensland´s most attractive natural gems:

  • The Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef system in the world, composed of individual reefs and islands that stretch over an area of approximately 344,400 Km2 (133,000 mi2).
  • Daintree National Park, a sample of the fertile, green, fresh, clean and tranquil rainforest experience, with unbelievable lush vegetation and perfect weather, home to exceptional biodiversity, especially prolific birdlife, and habitat for rare tree species. The Daintree National Park is located 100 Km (62 mi) from Cairns.

Cairns is also famous for its myriad bars and buoyant nightlife as well as for its Horse Racing, one of Australian´s favorite entertainments, which takes place at the Cairns Jockey Club.


Beautiful Sea Front Sceneries of Noosa Heads in Queensland

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Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia.Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia.Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia.Delicious breakfast at Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia: Swiss Muesli with blueberries and Granny Smith apple.
Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia. | Source
Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia. | Source
Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia. | Source
Delicious breakfast at Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia: Swiss Muesli with blueberries and Granny Smith apple.
Delicious breakfast at Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia: Swiss Muesli with blueberries and Granny Smith apple. | Source

Location: Noosa is 136 Km (85 mi) north of Brisbane.

Noosa Heads

Noosa Heads is one of the three main focal points of the Noosa region on Queensland´s famous Sunshine Coast, which include the urban areas of Noosaville and Noosa Junction.

The touristic beach front of Noosa is located between the Noosa River and the Noosa National Park (all though Noosa National Park is known for its Koala population, don´t get your hopes of seeing one too high, their numbers are in decline and they are rarely seen today).

Noosa has somewhat the same characteristics as Cairns except that its beaches are much prettier and enjoyable, both for the regular beach enthusiast as for the surfer.

The Official Noosa Tourism Website has a complete guide full of information regarding the weather, accommodation, tours, activities and current events in Noosa with its “This week in Noosa” post. If you are interested in travelling to Noosa, you should definitely check it out.


Brisbane: Capital & Most Populous City of Queensland, Australia

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. | Source

Nightcap National Park

Nightcap National Park, near Byron Bay. New South Wales, Australia.
Nightcap National Park, near Byron Bay. New South Wales, Australia. | Source

New South Wales (NSW)

New South Wales is a more homogenously developed state and has less untouched wilderness than Queensland. Nevertheless, it has big natural parks with extensive green areas, which are very well preserved and cared for.

It is difficult to go off the beaten track in NSW but it is still a region with abundant natural beauty and interesting sights.

NSW has well known surf beaches and green mountainous areas that are great for trekkers and nature´s admirers, backpackers and water-sport lovers.

Besides the natural beauty and coastline enjoyment, NSW is home to one of the most visited and biggest cosmopolitan cities of Australia: Sydney.

A complete guide to New South Wales food & wine, beaches & surf, nature & parks, adventure & tours is available in the Official New South Wales Website.


Macadamia Nuts

Locally cultivated Macadamia Nuts, New South Wales, Australia.
Locally cultivated Macadamia Nuts, New South Wales, Australia. | Source

Byron Bay & Surrounding Area

Byron Bay is a beachside town located in the north-eastern corner of the state of New South Wales, 772 Km (480 mi) north of Sydney and 165 Km (103 mi) south of Brisbane.

Byron Bay is well renowned as a surfing hot spot, but it is also good for whale watching, scuba diving and snorkeling. Even though it has a considerable touristic affluence, Byron Bay still retains a more laid back and relaxed feeling to it than Cairns and Noosa.

East Australia has the characteristic of being very green and of having a much more accidental territory than Western Australia, which means that you´ll find irregular landscapes: emerald hills and mountains covered in beautifully green vegetation that just exudes life.

An example of that lush vegetation I´m talking about is the area surrounding Byron Bay, which embraces the Nightcap National Park, a subtropical rainforest area with huge, tall trees, easily reachable from Byron Bay. The Minyan Falls and Macadamia nuts plantations are some of the interesting sights to see around this region.



Kitesurfing in Newcastle

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New Castle, New South Wales, Australia.New Castle, New South Wales, Australia.New Castle, New South Wales, Australia.New Castle, New South Wales, Australia.
New Castle, New South Wales, Australia.
New Castle, New South Wales, Australia. | Source
New Castle, New South Wales, Australia.
New Castle, New South Wales, Australia. | Source
New Castle, New South Wales, Australia.
New Castle, New South Wales, Australia. | Source
New Castle, New South Wales, Australia.
New Castle, New South Wales, Australia. | Source

Newcastle

Newcastle hasn´t got as many tourists as Byron Bay in northeast New South Wales, nor as much hustle and bustle as Cairns and Noosa in Queensland.

Located 162 Km (101 mi) of Sydney, Newcastle is a relaxed city with much more quiet beaches. It is a great location for someone who does kitesurfing and wants a spot to practice and have a relaxed time while getting ready for the next session.

Newcastle has a nice dining offer with stylish restaurants and world cuisine that can complement the daytime beach activities. Otherwise, there is not much more to see in this area.


Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Australia.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney Australia. | Source

Sydney & Surrounding Area

Sydney is a complete packaged holiday by itself. It is the city that has it all, from architectural beauty within its clean and orderly streets, to the complete abacus of performing arts; dance, theater, music, opera, fashion and design are all in offer and add up to the contemplative art scene that is showcased in museums, galleries and open spaces.

Besides its cultural richness, Sydney has its beautiful harbor, which gives the city a very unique quality, and several enjoyable beaches that are famous among surfers, and pleasurable for the general public; such is the case of Bondi Beach (see picture below) and Manly Beach, which is known as the birth place of surfing, and hosts the Surfing Australian Open every year.

Sydney deserves a photo gallery just on its own, which is why I created a separate article called “Sydney Australia Street Photography” that has pictures of this very pleasant cosmopolitan city, with an emphasis in architecture and urban design.


Bondi Beach

Famous surfing Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Famous surfing Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. | Source

Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park´s beautiful flora, NSW, Australia.
Blue Mountains National Park´s beautiful flora, NSW, Australia. | Source

The Blue Mountains

Just outside Sydney is the Blue Mountains National Park, which can be easily visited as a daytrip from the city.

This is a very well guarded natural preserve to which access is not completely free. Everything here is organized, and that is what keeps the park clean and unharmed by the sometimes destructive human activity.

So, even if this is an all-natural-environment, one can´t roam around it as the free-range-wanderer I was talking about before, paths and routes must be followed. Still, visitors can admire the beauty of its green, fertile, fresh environment and appreciate the characteristic rock formations of the region.


Blue Mountains National Park Just Outside Sydney

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Blue Mountains famous three mountain peaks, Just outside Sydney´s Metropolitan Area. New South Wales, Australia.View from the top of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. View from the top of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. Blue Mountain´s Scenic Skyway (see through seniglass floor) Experience, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Blue Mountain´s Scenic Skyway (see through seniglass floor) Experience, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia.
Blue Mountains famous three mountain peaks, Just outside Sydney´s Metropolitan Area. New South Wales, Australia.
Blue Mountains famous three mountain peaks, Just outside Sydney´s Metropolitan Area. New South Wales, Australia. | Source
View from the top of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.
View from the top of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. | Source
View from the top of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.
View from the top of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. | Source
Blue Mountain´s Scenic Skyway (see through seniglass floor) Experience, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia.
Blue Mountain´s Scenic Skyway (see through seniglass floor) Experience, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia. | Source
Blue Mountain´s Scenic Skyway (see through seniglass floor) Experience, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia.
Blue Mountain´s Scenic Skyway (see through seniglass floor) Experience, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia. | Source

Map of East Australia

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C markerBrisbane -
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D markerByron Bay -
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E markerNewcastle -
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East Australia vs West Australia

Australia has two very different halves with unique characteristics to them. Where would you rather travel to, the East or the West Coast of Australia?

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Comments on "East Australia, from Cairns all the way to Sydney" 12 comments

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TrahnTheMan 4 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

Fabulous hub Claudia! I've been to Australia too and your beautiful pictures brought back a rush of fond memories. Great tips! Voted up! Gracias!


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Ausemade 4 years ago from Australia

Great hub, good insight for those planning a visit...


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hey TrahnTheMan! Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you could remember good times with these pictures of Australia. That happens to me too every time I go through them again. Thanks to you for all your nice comments and input. Muchas gracias!!!!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Ausemade, thanks for reading and visiting this hub. I had all these pictures of Australia and I had to do something with them, what better than writing an article on East Australia and sharing my perspective. I divided the photographs in different articles and this one of Queensland and New South Wales is one of them. I am glad you liked it :)

Thanks for your comments.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

I lived in Brisbane, Sydney and Newcastle so knew just where you had visited. Two weeks ago I moved to South Africa to live so enjoyed the photos from back home. Pleased you enjoyed your travels in Aussie land.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi LadyLyell, thanks for dropping by and commenting. I am also pleased to know you enjoyed the photos of Queensland and New South Wales, which are great memories for me as well.

Have a fantastic time in South Africa!

Wish you all the best.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

Just stopping by again Claudia to say that I enjoyed my day in the Blue Mountains so much that I wrote a hub on the area. The response was amazing from readers.

Are you still in Australia?


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Welcome back LadyLyell, how nice, thanks for sharing, I´ll definitely check your Blue Mountains Hub out.

No, I am not in Australia anymore but I have a few more things to say from the year I spend there, maybe some other Hubs will come out from that experience :).

Thanks for dropping by again!


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

This is a beautifully written and informative hub on the rich with diversity Australia. I gotta say after reading, I've had to add another place to visit to my list before I die. Your descriptions captivated me and I love your wonderful photography. You are a true talent and I loved this article. Voted up, useful, beautiful, awesome, and interesting. Keep up the great work, I just gotta go there now. Excellent :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Wow! Olde Cashmere, you are very kind. I don´t know what to say.... Thanks for all your generous comments and feedback. I am honored and glad you liked this Australia Travel Photography Hub, this is my passion and I love to share what I have seen and all my photographs with you. I do hope you get to go to East Australia one day, as well as all the other places on your list :) Thanks!!!


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TeriSilver 4 years ago from The Buckeye State

My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Australia (a long way from Ohio) more than 21 years ago. We paid for that trip for a long time but it was so worth it, everything I'd always imagined. We started in Cairns, then the GBR, Alice Springs and the desert and then Sydney. I can't imagine much has changed ... scenery-wise... and I enjoy "going back" when I read travel articles from Australia.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi TeriSilver,

Wow! That sounds like a fantastic and very splendid honeymoon!!! Australia is a long way from everywhere! Sometimes I can´t believe I got so far away either :)

I am glad you could re-live memories of your trip to New South Wales, Northern Territory and Queensland, including one of Australia´s most exciting cities (Sydney) with this hub.

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to write a comment, I really appreciate it.

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