The Sapphire Coast of N.S.W. is a nature lovers paradise and as landscape photographers, we were in heaven here. Multiple National Parks, pristine white beaches, dramatic coastlines and peaceful coastal lagoons. So impressed with what the region had to offer, upon return we immediately booked a return trip!
Having spent the majority of our time in the region’s National Parks, we decided to spend some downtime wandering the Merimbula Lake foreshore, and to our surprise discovered a real gem! The character and peacefulness of this scene really grabbed us. Wanting to evoke feelings of calm and tranquillity, the decision was made to return at dawn. The following morning, not a breath of wind could be felt, and while Merimbula slept, mother nature put on a beautiful light show. As the sunrise progressed, the colour of the reflections intensified until the majority of the lake was painted with intense purples, pinks and oranges. How could one not feel at peace at such a beautiful moment?
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, and often considered one of the seven natural wonders. While diving or snorkeling on the reef is an amazing and unforgettable experience, a helicopter tour over the reef offers panoramic views that have to be seen to be believed. The reef is simply breathtaking from the air, a seascape unmatched in beauty to any other on Earth, and an absolute paradise for nature lovers.
Allowing ourselves a week for the best chance of good weather, we grew increasingly anxious as each gloomy day was followed by another. On our final day, and only hours before we were due to fly home, the skies cleared nearing low tide, finally presenting us with ideal photography conditions; And wow did the reef take our breath away! Brilliant patterns of contrasting deep blues and bright greens, and as if by divine creation, sitting in its own little lagoon, the beautiful Heart Reef. Leaning out of the helicopter with its doors removed, camera in hand, our own hearts were pounding with the thrill of the whole experience. Incredible moments and images we’ll never forget.
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