Favourite Travel Photos from 2016

Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

G’day Travelers! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a new blog here. My apologies about that. It’s been a busy end of the year, and while I’ve done a lot of traveling. I haven’t had a lot of time to explore the places I’ve visited properly, let alone write blog posts about them.

That said, being a photographer, I’ve at least always got my camera handy. So I’ve accumulated a stunning collection of images from throughout the year.

What better way to way to wrap up 2016, than to put together a blog post with a collection of my favourite travel photos from throughout the year.

Somersby Falls, NSW, Australia

Somersby Falls is a stunning collection of several waterfalls on the New South Wales Central Coast. I managed to drop by the falls just after several days of heavy rain fall.  With the waterfalls at maximum flow it allowed me to create several fantastic photos that really showcased the location. This one however was my favourite shot from the set.

Somersby Falls, NSW, Australia

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Australia

While in Tasmania earlier in the year I had the chance to drop into Wineglass Bay while driving back to Hobart for my flight. I really only had about an hour for the detour. But it was certainly worth the extra effort to make the drive out to the bay. I quickly walked up to the lookout and snapped this shot then promptly turned around and headed back to the car. I really need to spend more time in Tasmania and really explore the whole state properly.

Tasmania - 2016

Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Another one of those fortunate moments during a work trip to the Hunter Valley. I’d just wrapped up another job and was about to make the trip back to Sydney. But as the sun started to set I noticed these Kangaroo’s feeding on the grass just off the road. I stopped and took advantage of the late afternoon sun to snap a couple of quick photos before they decided to move on. This is my favourite photo from the set.


30,000ft Above Australia

Last year I took a lot of photos from my flights around the country. While the novelty had sort of worn off this year. I was pretty lucky with the sunset on my Qantas flight between Perth and Sydney. At this point the plane above the sun which created this stunning light on the wing and over the horizon. Something a little more interesting that your standard wingtip shots.

Western Australia in 2016

The Pinnacles, WA, Australia

The Pinnacles have been one of those places on my bucket list for a long time. This year I was fortunate to have an extra day off while I was in Perth. So I seized the opportunity to take the two and half hour drive north of Perth to go and see them.

The entire area was beyond what I thought it could be, I’ve very thankful that I decided to go. It’s a natural wonder that provided so many stunning photography opportunities. Certainly worth the trip if you are ever in Western Australia. It was one my of travel highlights from 2016.

Western Australia in 2016

Perth, WA, Australia

It’s hard not to capture a stunning sunset while in Western Australia. This was my favourite of the trip at one of the beaches just outside of Perth (I wish I could remember which one). I like it because it’s a little bit different to the usual sun dropping into the ocean shots.

Western Australia in 2016

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Every year I try to make the trip to Sydney to take photos of Sydney’s Vivid Festival. While this year I wanted to try to spend a couple of day’s and really try to showcase all that Vivid had to offer, the weather had other ideas. From memory Vivid was all but called off for two days to stop people heading into the city with some extreme weather. Sometimes the best laid plans can come unstuck.

Even though I struggled to get all of the photos I wanted. I can’t have a post about my favourite photos from the year and not feature at least one shot. So here’s one of my favourite photos of the Opera House in splendid colour.

Vivid Sydney 2016

Darwin, NT, Australia

You can’t go to Darwin and not see Crocodiles. So when I made the trip this year, I made sure I had half a day to go and see some Crocodiles in their natural habitat. While this particular photo isn’t particularly special (at least photographically) I like how this shot shows the agility in the water of the crocodiles. This is about as close as I would be happy to be to hungry croc.

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in 2016

Sunset – Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Darwin is another one of those places it’s hard to go and not get a stunning photo of the sunset. This particular shot is a favourite of mine as it captures a my friend taking a photo of the sunset. The colours in the clouds and the silhouette of my mate really made this shot for me.

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in 2016

Wallaman Falls, Queensland, Australia

This was one of those blink and you’ll miss it opportunities. While in Townsville I had an extra day to relax, and since I’d been told that the tallest single drop waterfall in all of Australia was only a couple of hours drive away. The only sensible thing was to head out there.

However this was another one of those weird weather moments. When I left Townsville there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. But by the time I arrived at Wallaman Falls their were thick heavy clouds and fog I couldn’t see more than a couple of meters ahead of me.

I thought I may as well make something of the trip and I setup to take a moody shot of this dead tree when there was a short break in the clouds, allowing me to get this shot that also featured the waterfall. Shortly after the cloud thickened back up and the falls disappeared again.

Townsville, Queensland, Australia in 2016

Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

I managed to perfectly time my drive between Brisbane and Sydney so that I would be in Byron Bay right on sunrise. Byron Bay is the most easterly point of Australia, so it’s the first point of the mainland to see the sun each day. I was quiet lucky that the timing worked out and the weather played it’s part to allow me to capture the sunrise with the famous Byron Bay lighthouse.

I took several shots as the sun rose around the light house, but this particular shot with the lighthouse on the point and the light catching the spray of the breaking wave added a few extra elements to the shot to make this one in particular stand out to me.

Pacific Hwy Road Trip 2016

Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

While in Bathurst with work, I was on top of a mountain during a low but heavy fog. I was snapping several shots of mountains rising out of the fog when I noticed this helicopter flying in. I really liked this shot with the helicopter flying through the fog with the faint outline of mountains in the background.

Bathurst, NSW - 2016

Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia

Driving through the Blue Mountains and thought I’d stop in at Wentworth Falls and get out and stretch the legs. Everytime I’d been to Wentworth Falls in the past the weather was miserable and I could see the falls at all. With a clear sunny day I grabbed my camera and set off to snap a couple of shots of the falls.

What I didn’t realise was how strong the wind was. So when I got there the wind was pushing the water back up the falls and creating this really interesting effect of the water going up off the falls and these fantastic rainbows. I’m not sure how often this happens but it certainly was unique for me and I snapped plenty of photos. It was particularly difficult to get the shots using a slow shutter speed in such a strong wind, but I was quite lucky that a couple worked out and this one was my favourite.

Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

After finishing up a job in Coffs Harbour, I stopped into one of the areas stunning beaches early in the morning before making the drive back to Sydney. This particular shot of a random surfer walking out to the water with the contrast of the rocks really captured my attention.

Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand

Another work trip, but this time to New Zealand happened to line up nicely with Guy Fawkes Night. We don’t really get a chance to use fireworks in Australia. So when the opportunity came up to give it a go in New Zealand, I made sure I had the camera’s ready to take some interesting photos. While I took a lot of shots. This one was my favourite from the night.

Auckland, New Zealand

Bouddi National Park, NSW, Australia

Just recently I had the chance to go for a walk and explore the Bouddi National Park. The coastal walk offered some really fantastic photo opportunities. It’s such an amazing location to get outside and go and explore. I like this particular shot from the hike as the lines and colours in the rocks made this shot stand out.

Bouddi National Park, NSW, Australia

Now that 2016 is all said and done, I’m working on more travels in 2017. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go to some new and interesting places that I’ll have to write blog posts about.

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About the Author: Rhys Vandersyde

Traveler, Photographer, Content Creator. I've spent the last 10 years exploring all over the world, but there is still plenty more to see.

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