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Interesting Places To Photograph

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This page has been compiled to help photographers in their respective cities/states find places to photograph with interesting subjects or otherwise. This page may be broken up into individual state pages when the list becomes larger. Discussion in this thread in the Photography forum.


Australian Capital Territory


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New South Wales


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  • Nobby's Breakwater
  • Glenrock Lagoon
  • Strezlecki Lookout
  • The Bogie Hole
  • Army buildings on cliff at the top of King Edward Park
  • Stockton beach/Sygna wreck

Northern Territory

Some of the places here WILL require 4WD access even if not listed as such. As always if you plan on visiting somewhere do your research prior and make sure it is accessable to the vehicle/bike you are driving.


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  • Darwin CBD
  • Darwin Harbour (Sunset, Industrial, Portraiture)
  • Fannie Bay Reserve (Horses/Horse riding, Wild life, Tropical forest, Ocean sunset)
  • Cullen Bay (Sunset, Social, Food photography)
  • Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
  • Dripstone Cliffs/Casuarina Beach (Great for sunset. Popular with the locals)
  • Knuckeys Lagoon (Accessed from Fiddlers Lane, variety of water birds)
  • Darwin Botanical Gardens (Range of areas, open grasslands, rainforest area, man-made waterfall)
  • East Point Military Museum and WWII site

Outer Darwin

  • Kakadu National Park (Photo's may not be used for commercial use without prior permission)(Flora/Fauna, Landscape, Aboriginal paintings, Water Falls. Wikipedia and photos)
  • Litchfield National Park (Flora/Fauna, Landscape, Water Falls. photos)
  • Adelaide River (Along the Arnhem Hwy. Jumping crocodile cruises, floodplains. photos)
  • Fogg Dam (Range of birdlife, some nice walks. After dark the snakes generally come out along the dam wall. photos)
  • Leaning Tree Lagoon Nature Park (Along the Arnhem Hwy, generally holds water long into the dry season so has a good range of birdlife)
  • Mary River National Park (4WD required to see the best of the park, Hardies & Wildman 4WD Tracks offer diverse range of scenery, dusty tracks to river crossings, floodplains and wild buffalo. Be wary of crocs. photos)
  • Butterfly Gorge (4WD required and access restricted during wet season so check access. Track along the river is easier/shorter/more scenic then the one over the top! photos)
  • Umbrawarra Gorge (4WD required and access can be restricted during wet season so check access. Very pretty little gorge. photos)
  • Gunn Point (Close to Darwin, very flat beach good for reflections. Good beach camping. photos)

Katherine Region

Alice Springs

  • Alice Springs Desert Park (Allows you to get up close and personal with a lot of the desert dwellers. Good range of birdlife and other animals to photograph)
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station (Good historical site and interesting buildings from earlier era)
  • Anzac Hill (Gives a good lookout over Alice Springs)
  • Henley on Todd (Only held once a year but if you're in town good for a look)
  • Finke Desert Race (Again only once a year, but if you're in town certainly worth a look)

East of Alice

South of Alice

  • Ewaninga Rock Carvings (Rock carvings, clay pans)
  • Rodinga Ruins (Just off the road on the way to Maryvale/Titjikala, the ruins have been vandalised however still an interesting photo subject)
  • Chambers Pillar (Interesting rock formation, absolutely stunning at sunrise/sunset especially if the clouds play along)
  • Rainbow Valley (Best at sunset, if you're lucky enough to be there when there's water in the claypans you should get an amazing shot. Photo here and here)

West of Alice

  • Simpsons Gap (Only a short drive from Alice, nice walk along the riverbed to a gap in the range)
  • Standley Chasm (Very narrow chasm so best when the sun is right overhead and going into the chasm. Popular with the tourists at this time of the day)
  • Ellery Creek Big Hole (Popular with the locals for swimming so can become crowded, however still good for a few photos)
  • Finke Gorge National Park (Words cannot describe this park. Well worth the detour into it. Beware of the big tourist buses though, they don't move over for anyone! Photos here (first three ARE NOT from Finke Gorge)
  • Ormiston Gorge (Stunning gorge, definitely worth a look)
  • Glen Helen Gorge (Short walk to another gorge, has a shop, etc so good for a stop)
  • Redbank Gorge (Truly amazing, if there's water in the gorge it is highly recommended to swim across and keep going through the narrow gorge to see the stunning array of colours. Be warned the water can be absolutely freezing though!)
  • Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) (Stunning impact crater that you can actually drive into. Wikipedia article here)
  • Watarrka (Kings Canyon) (Nice little walk into the canyon itself, if you're up for it the walk around the top of the canyon is pretty amazing)

Yulara Region

  • Mt Conner Lookout (A lot of people mistake this as their first siting of Ayres Rock. Worth a stop on the side of the road for a look)
  • Yulara Township (Some interesting hotels here, good night photography)
  • Uluru/Ayres Rock (Commercial photography requires a permit in this park! No amount of photos can prepare you for the sheer size of Ayres Rock. Truly amazing. Wikipedia article here)
  • Kata Tjuta/The Olgas (Commercial photography requires a permit in this park! Another truly amazing site. Well worth getting up early to see the sunrise from the viewing platform. Wikipedia here)



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Here is a useful list of interesting Brisbane landmarks:

Gold Coast

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Sunshine Coast

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  • Remains of Sugar Cane plant at Nambour. (You might have to climb through some fences to get in, but once you're in it's well worth it, just remember to be carefull, there are a lot of deep pits that aren't fenced off properly.)
  • Mooloolaba Beach.
  • Eumundi Markets (The Wednesday Session is more fruit and veg orientated, while the Saturday session is more art and crafty with larger crowds. Some of the buildings around the markets are interesting to photograph as well.)
  • Maleny hinterlands. (Very nice Sunset/Sunrise shots as you can get a view of the whole coast with nice green paddock foregrounds.)

Surfers Paradise

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  • Copperlode dam lookout
  • Ross lookout

South Australia


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Kangaroo Island

Providing you have your own transport, Kangaroo Island is full of photographic opportunities. Some of the highlights include:

  • Admirals Arch
  • Cape Willoughby Lighthouse on the Eastern tip of the island
  • Duck Lagoon
  • Flour Cask Bay
  • Frenchman's Rock at Penneshaw
  • Little Sahara Desert
  • Pelican Feeding at Kingscote
  • Prospect Hill
  • Remarkable Rocks
  • Seal Bay
  • Vivonne Bay

South Coast

Around Victor Harbour are many places to photograph:

  • Granite Island
  • The Bluff




North West

  • The Nut, Stanley
  • Table Cape, Wynyard
  • Woodchips, Burnie
  • Preservation Bay, Penguin
  • Mt Roland



Otway Ranges

Western Australia


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  • Foreshore
  • Point Peron


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South West


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