Thoughts on Travel, Photography and Life from Ian Lloyd

Secret Australia

Over the years I have photographed many parts of Australia for magazines such as National Geographic and Islands. The most popular locations that overseas visitors want to see are the underwater wonders of the Great Barrer Reef, the starkly beautiful Outback around the Red Centre and the rugged coastline and mountainous interior of Tasmania. But there is one area that I think rivals all of these wonders for sheer unsurpassed beauty and it is virtually unknown outside the country.

Western Australia's mid north coast is home to spectacular river gorges that rival the best natural wonders found anywhere in the world. National Parks there like Kalbarri and Karijini in the Pilbara are a photographer's paradise and are little visited by the great bulk of tourists as they require planning and effort to see. Getting there involves long flights followed by a drive of a hundreds of kilometres before encountering bone-rattling dirt access roads. On top of this, accommodation is limited to tents and caravans. But all this hardship just adds up to make these destinations even more rewarding. 

by Ian Lloyd