Travel Photography – Australia and Me by Ayesha Rahman Photography
The last 3 weeks I’ve been in 10 cars, 5 planes, 7 buses, 5 ferries, 2 trains, 7 taxis, a sail boat, a speed boat and a golf buggy. All whilst travelling a teeny bit of Australia.
I’ve had such a good time. Landing in Sydney and spending a fab 5 days or so catching up with friends. Catching my first glimpse of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge was pretty special. I actually let out a yelp! After lunch at the Opera bar, I loved taking a few photographs of the opera house, such a beautiful and impressive building. It was even cooler that I got to go and see a show there whilst I was there. Blanc de Blanc, so many laughs, it was such good fun.
The royal botanic gardens were lovely and I managed to while away an afternoon wandering around and sat and did some writing with an awesome view.
I managed to see quite a bit whilst there but I know I’ve only scratched the surface. It was great to head out to Watsons bay, spend time on Bondi beach, have fun in Manly, check out the Rocks, have a cocktail in the Shangri-la, drive out to the northern beaches, enjoy the ferry ride from the city to Manly and have drinks with friends at Manly wharf.
After Sydney and a spur of the moment decision I booked tickets to the Australian Open in Melbourne. What a fun day and evening that was. I got to watch some amazing tennis in a great atmosphere and met lots of lovely people – the seats were awesome too.
On Australia day I headed up to Byron Bay and stayed at a very lovely haven where there were lots of water dragons lazing around. One even decided to crawl on me when I was having a little sunbathe – cheeky fella! Byron has such a laid back vibe to the place, it was lovely to explore. I picked up a hire car and drove around. I managed to see Newry bar an old settlement village, Brunswick Heads, Mullimbimby and did the walk up to Cape Byron Lighthouse for both sunset and sunrise. Sunrise was absolutely breathtaking, well worth the early start and trek up there whilst being eaten alive by mosquitos and green ants!
I bid farewell to Byron and then headed up to the Whitsundays. The flight over the islands was spectacular. A night at Airlie beach and then I hopped over to the marina to jump on to Blizzard, a fantastic sail boat. What an amazing few days sailing around the islands on this beautiful boat. Seeing Whitehaven beach for the first time from Hill Inlet was spectacular. You’d think I was over beaches by this point and to be honest I was getting there but this one is really something else. Wow! I had a few snorkels in the great barrier reef too all whilst decked in a fetching stinger suit (!). The reef is beautiful. I swam with so many different fish including turtles which was cool. The boat was great fun and I was with a bunch very lovely people too which helped. Admittedly the first night sleeping on the boat wasn’t the best so the next day I slept out on the deck and woke to a beautiful sunrise – again whilst being bitten alive – but I guess it was worth it!
My penultimate stop was at Hamilton island for a bit of luxury and chill out. It was great fun exploring the island on a golf buggy. I need me one of these!
Then it was time to say goodbye after a lovely little stay in a B&B in Brisbane and head back to New Zealand for more travel and adventure.
Oz, you were awesome! I’ll be back.