The Barossa Valley
After leaving Kangaroo Island the final part of our trip began
in the Barossa Valley. Somewhat fortuitously we managed to catch a stage of the
Santos Tour Down Under which allowed me to have a go at a bit of sports photography.
Not being used to things moving so quickly past my camera it was a challenge to
say the least. I don’t think I’ll be taking up cycling photography any time soon!
Riders passing through Tanunda. Santos Tour Down Under 2014
Australian Garmin Sharp rider Nathan Haas tackles Menglers Hill. Santos Tour Down
Once the tour had passed through
town we had to make a tough decision on whether to stay another day and visit some
of the local wineries or push on to the Murray River. After a couple of seconds
deliberation we decided a tour of the local vineyards would be a good idea (exploring
the local area is sometimes the best way to find new locations to shoot!).
We made our way along one of the well signposted wine routes and that’s how
we came across the small hamlet of Marananga, complete with church, vineyards and
rolling hills; a picture perfect place to revisit for the following morning’s
sunrise. Out of all my many dawn vigils on this trip, this had to be the most spectacular
Church at Marananga, Barossa Valley
No visit to the Adelaide Hills region would be complete without calling in to photograph
the picturesque Burra homestead. A favourite spot for many a landscape photographer,
the homestead stands proud as a testimony to the regions pioneering past.
Burra Homestead, South Australia
The Mighty Murray River
The Murray River is Australia’s longest river at 2,508 km (the world’s
third longest navigable river) and therefore affords plenty of opportunity for the
Finding ourselves on a tight schedule in our final few days I decided to kick things
off with an evening shoot at the aptly named ‘Big Bend’. The 60 meter
cliffs drop vertically down to the river making for an awe inspiring sight, especially
in the last light of the day.
Big Bend, Murray River
As you travel along the Murray it’s lazy waters tend to slow you down to their
leisurely pace. So pulling up for the night alongside the river we watched as all
manner of craft cruised on by. Even the rowers didn’t seem to be in that much
of a hurry.
Murray River at Mildura
Port of Echuca
We finished our journey along the Murray at the historic Port of Echuca whose main
commodity during the 1800′s was wool, transported from the surrounding stations.
Today Echuca is still home to Australia’s largest fleet of steam-driven paddle steamers
who’s commodity is now the many tourists who visit the town.
Paddle Steamers at the Port of Echuca
I suppose that following the Murray River back towards home was a very apt way to
complete such a great tour of the diversity that is South Australia. I hope I’ve
been able to give you a glimpse of what this great state has to offer.
Part 1 – Country and Outback NSW
Part 2 – Pictures of the Oodnadatta Track
Part 3 – Pictures of Kangaroo Island
Part 4 – Pictures of Murray River
Pictures of The Murray River
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