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Seascape Photography in Western Australia � South West

Posted: 5/24/2012   Page Views: 228   Comments:

The south west corner of Western Australia is a treasure trove of sights and special places, bringing tourists to be enchanted by their experiences and keep on returning too once visited. The coastline between Busselton and Albany is a Mecca for those interested in seascape photography in Western Australia.

Busselton is situated at the bottom of Geographe Bay between Bunbury and Dunsborough and is about two and a half hours driving south of Perth, Western Australia�s capital city. The bay extends from Bunbury, westward approximately 80 kilometres by road to Dunsborough and is a shallow sandy section of the southern Indian Ocean. Photographing the beaches and shoreline is a real treat for those enthusiasts prepared to get up early for the sunrise and early morning light. The beaches along this section of coast are beautiful wide, white sandy playgrounds for family swimming, fishing and boating. Busselton has a Heritage listed timber Jetty that extends nearly 2 kilometres out into the bay. The jetty is a favourite of seascape photographers as it makes a great subject with its long curving path off the beach, sunsets and sunrises from either side of the jetty and a normally flat ocean all the way north to the horizon.

From Dunsborough the coastal scenery changes with sandy beaches becoming rockier going further west out to Cape Naturaliste where there are towering and overhanging limestone cliffs. Some hiking is required to get right out to the Cape as there are no access roads past the settlement of Bunker Bay a few kilometres from the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse which sits atop the towering limestone cliffs.

From the top of Cape Naturaliste the coastline goes due south some 100 kilometres to Cape Leeuwin. This whole coastline is a National Park and is a particularly beautiful and rugged piece of coast. It takes a beating from storms that come in from the southern Indian Ocean with no landmass heading west all the way to South Africa. The coastline is a favourite for rock fishermen and there are many very well known surfing breaks along the coast. The fishing is great there are significant risks as there have been many fishermen swept off the rocks with �King Waves� being fairly common. The coastline has many relatively shallow sections where the rocky shelf extends out a few hundred metres, before dropping into very deep water. The swells coming through even on calm days can rise up rapidly into King Waves and catch the unwary person on the rocky shoreline. Those practicing their surfing make good use of this coast as the waves are legendary. A number of national and international surfing events are held each year along the coast particularly near Yallingup and Margaret River.

At Cape Leeuwin which is near the small township of Augusta the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. This section of coast is often bleak and very windy and rough seas pound the rocky shores with awesome power. Great for the photographer of stormy and dramatic seascapes given you have a sturdy tripod close at hand.

Between Augusta and Albany approximately 350 kilometres to the east the coast is a mixture of sandy beaches and very rugged rocky headlands. Cliffs also drop a hundred metres or more straight into the Southern Ocean. Much of this coastline is inaccessible to vehicles, particularly in the winter but it is still a favourite of seascape photographers. A number of National Parks have been setup along the coast and hinterland to protect a great variety of ecosystems.

For serious seascape photography in Western Australia, the enthusiast or anyone else on the planet, the array of photo subjects is fantastic. The weather is unpredictable, the lighting dramatic and colourful and the region is full of surprises with the tall forests, limestone caves, wineries and vineyards, orchards and tourist attractions everywhere.