My day job is pretty cool. While I'm not out photographing nature or weddings, I work for Parks Australia, which gives me the chance to - well, get out and photograph more cool stuff :)
Parks Australia manages Australia's Commonwealth national parks, of which there are six - Kakadu, Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Booderee, Christmas Island, Pulu Keeling and Norfolk Island. The rest of the national parks are all run by state and territory governments.
Luckily, I've had the opportunity to travel to some of these amazing locations in order to build up our photo collection - tough job, hey? My most recent trip earlier this year was to Kakadu National Park - one of Australia's iconic locations up north. We've finally got some of the photos onto Flickr, so I thought I'd share some of the shots I took up there with you, in the hope that it will inspire you to visit this amazing place yourself one day.
Kakadu contains such a wide variety of different landscapes, each more stunning than the last. Wetlands, great stone escarpments, waterfalls, and endless savanna woodlands all provide countless locations to explore.
Ubirr lookout puts on some amazing sunset shows...
... and just after sunrise isn't too bad either :)
Yellow Water wetland is a great place for a walk or even better, a boat cruise. Amazing scenery, knowledgable guides and loads of wildlife.
Anggardabal Billabong on the Mangarre rainforest walk provides and incredible vista.
Everyone I met on my visit was super friendly and laid back - Northern Territory style! But it was a privilege to meet the men and women on the ground up there, doing the hard work to keep the park running. The local Indigenous communities, and traditional owners of the land, have a big say in how the park is run, and their dedication to the conservation of the land and their cultural heritage is heart warming.
Samantha Deegan, an Indigenous ranger looking out from the Gun-warddehwardde lookout at Nourlangie.
Samantha also shared some of her bush tucker knowledge along the way - native black currants, yum!
Kakadu is an absolute haven for such a large range of animals and plants. I only saw a small portion of what Kakadu has to offer, yet it was still a great experience.
Magpie geese - a common sight around the wetlands of Kakadu, and also a traditional food for the locals.
A whistling kite. Very common hovering around roads, looking for roadkill to snack on.
Another common Australian bird - the sulphur-crested cockatoo - but in such a magnificent setting, it was hard not to sneak a shot while he was looking at me.
I'm not sure what sort of plant this is, but it looked nice!
Spear grass is a common sight, and can grow up to 4 metres tall!
So now that I've convinced you that you want to visit Kakadu, you'll want to know where to stay right?
If you want comfort, my advice would be the Gagadju Crocodile Holiday Inn in Jabiru. All the comforts you need in between exploring the wilderness of Australia's Top End :)
Don't worry, I took plenty more great shots on that trip! Stay tuned for some more shots of things you can do while in Kakadu, and gain some insight into one of the oldest cultures on earth.