My top 3 places to photograph in Canberra
When I first found out I was heading to Canberra for a tourism campaign, I’m not gonna lie, I was a little nervous. “What will I photograph? I’m a landscape photographer” repeated over and over in my head. Don’t get me wrong, Canberra is a beautiful place to visit as an everyday tourist, but just how much landscape and nature was there to photograph? Well, as it happens, quite a lot!
I want to share my 3 favourite places, for an outdoors/nature enthusiast, I visited whilst in Canberra. Once again, I was lucky enough to share this trip with Lauren Bath, Jewels Lynch, Rob Mulally and Melissa Findley.
The National Gallery of Australia
Yep, that’s right! The National Gallery of Australia. The big building filled with art installations, sculptures, illustrations, paintings etc. finds itself in my list of places to photograph nature whilst in Canberra. Actually, this particular installation is located just outside the building in the gardens of the NGA. It is a fog sculpture by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya.
Basically, the sculpture is a whole heap of water vapour emitting outlets that, between the hours of 12:30 and 2pm, create the appearance of fog within a tropical rain forest-esque setting. It’s actually really really awesome. And because it was so close to our accomodation we found ourselves here numerous times. Anyway, I’ll let the images do the talking and maybe it will find it’s way onto your list if you ever find yourself in Canberra!
Legoland (Namadgi National Park)
Now THIS is an awesome place for those “adventure inclined” or those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city itself.
Legoland, located in Namadgi National Park (a place worth visiting in it’s own right), is just under an hours drive from Canberra and about a 15 minute light scramble through the bush from there. Legoland, not to be mistaken for the LEGO inspired theme park, is made up of countless boulders that appear to have fallen from the sky and nestled themselves into the precarious looking positions you see in the images below.
I couldn't find any information as to why this place has been named Legoland, but my theory is it looks as if someone built these cavelike structures out of big boulder building blocks. Say that 5 times fast!
Mulligan's Flat Woodland Sanctuary
Situated on the outskirts of Canberra, on the edge of suburbia, is a beautiful nature haven called Mulligan’s Flat. Mulligan’s Flat is actually a nature sanctuary, fenced off to protect both the flora and fauna housed within. Not to mention, it’s a bit of a haven for us photographers too!
The sanctuary is filled with incredibly photogenic trees and the best looking mud cracks I’ve seen in Australia. Just see for yourself! This was hands down my favourite place to shoot. I secretly wanted to come back here everyday, but thought it was best to try and get some images of other places around Canberra. Next time, Mulligan's Flat. Next time...
And there you have it, guys! If Canberra was never on your list for the sheer amount of culture and activities for the everyday tourist, then maybe now it’s worth putting on your list of places to visit and explore the beautiful landscape it has to offer. Huge thank to Visit Canberra for having us visit our beautiful capital.
As always, if you have any questions about the images or Canberra, please leave them in a comment below and I'll be sure to get back to you :)