Volume 5




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Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

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  • BackpackBackpack
  • HikeHike
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  • Child Friendly Child Friendly
  • Dog friendly Dog friendly
  • Picnic Area Picnic Area
  • Parking Parking
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    This is an all-time walk around the the formations of pancake rocks and blowholes in calcareous formations. Except for an optional short section with steps, the walk is suitable for wheelchairs (with assistance). Blowholes are formed by a mixture of compressed water and air that flows through the caverns below and is forced upwards, creating a huge spray wall. They're best around high tide when there is a south-westerly swell.

     

    Spectacular views, geological oddities, coastal forest, abundant birdlife, and marine mammals are highlights along this walk.

    The walk is at Dolomite Point, near the little settlement of Punakaiki on SH6. It's 44 km north of Greymouth and 57 km south of Westport.

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    Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park

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  • CampingCamping
  • HikeHike
  • PhotographyPhotography
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  • Child Friendly Child Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible Handicap Accessible
  • Hotel Nearby Hotel Nearby
  • Lodge Nearby Lodge Nearby
  • Picnic Area Picnic Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • RV Parking RV Parking
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    The most spectacular coastal scenery is found in Cape Le Grand National Park's south-western corner, where massive peaks of granite and gneiss rise from the coastal plain. The rolling heathlands of the park are home to pygmy possums, western gray kangaroos, and a variety of colorful wildflowers including dense showy banksia thickets.  Explore the wild reaches of the park along the Le Grand Coastal Trail that connects many of the most spectacular coastal sections of the park between Le Grand Beach and Rossiter Bay. If you still have burning energy, a hike up Frenchman Peak (262 m) will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Recherche Archipelago's park and islands. There are gas barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and water in the campgrounds of Le Grand Beach and Lucky Bay. 

    You did have to pay $13 to enter the national park through which we did not know about.

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    AWAYN INTERVIEW

    Interview with Krystle Wright

    In a field heavily dominated by men, it takes a few dedicated, adventurous women to push the limits, break out stereotypes and influence the industry. Here is the second part of our interview series celebrating best world's female action sports photographers. This week we caught up with very talented Krystle Wright. 

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    Krystle what was your childhood like?

    I grew up on the Sunshine Coast, Australia although these days I've gained the nickname 'Child Of The Universe' since I've now been a nomad for the past 6+ years. The Sunshine Coast was the perfect place to get involved in almost any sport and I just remember spending most of my days outside. When it came time to start my career, I took off to Sydney after University to become a sports photographer and based myself there for four years. But in 2011, I came to realise that I wanted to divert into the adventure industry as I lost the passion for sports photography in the newspaper arena. After my accident in Pakistan in June 2011, it took me a few months and a chance phone call to work in Antarctica as a guide. By the end of the year, I left Sydney and never looked back and became a full-time adventure photographer.


    What first drew you to photography ? Was there anything specific that you can remember that made you want to become a photographer?

     

    At the end of high school, I was a bit lost in choosing a career except knowing I couldn't work in an office. I loved art, sport, and music and originally, I started to look at a fine art degree but I didn't have enough majors to qualify. It was my Mum who suggested that I should try photography as she thought I had a good eye. I scoffed at the idea originally thinking how on earth do you make a career as a photographer but enrolled in any case. When I got accepted, I remember heading to the newsagent and picking up a bunch of Australian Photography magazines. Inside one of them was the folio of Adam Pretty and as soon as I laid eyes on his work, I knew instantly that I wanted to be a sports photographer.

     


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    As a professional photographer what did you find so unique about action sports to capture it?

    For me, I felt that I could connect with adventure sports naturally thanks to my bringing up in the outdoors. The biggest challenge is being able to access the right vantage and keeping up with the athletes. Sports like skiing, rock climbing, surfing typically involve a much more hands on process for the photographer to get the shot in the thick of the action. An adventure photographer isn't just about being a photographer, but also having the skills to safely move around on ropes around cliffs, swimming amongst big waves, hiking up mountaineering terrain and so forth. 


    What equipment do you use to captures your footage? And why? What are some of the challenges of using them?

     

    I work with Canon Australia as one of their ambassadors and for my entire professional career, I've only ever shot with Canon. These days I am shooting with a 5DS R and a 1DX Mii. I choose Canon as it captures the way I want to see the world. Canon equipment is sturdy and knows how to handle the elements. I've taken it to tropical, arctic, desert and many other scenarios and never had any serious issues. Sometimes the weight can get heavy but I would rather bring high-quality glass and not sacrifice the quality of the image. 

     


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    What is the most memorable trip you have had in recent memory? Tell us about it.

    About two years ago, I was invited to go freediving with Sperm whales in the Azores. It was definitely one time I wanted to pinch myself and ask myself whether this was actually happening. By far one of the most memorable trips and moments in my life. This one particular day, 5 sperm whales swum in the vicitiny where I could've touched them had I extended my arm. Connecting with them and looking at them eye to eye, I returned to the surface yelling and screaming. Our small group could not form a coherent word for the next hour. My heart just wanted to explode in pure joy. By far one of the most surreal and incredible moments I've experienced.


    Closing Thoughts … How do you think photography and traveling has changed your view of the world?

     

    Photography has given me the ability to want to engage with the world around me. Whether its meeting new people, exploring new landscapes, photography gives me the excuse for wanting to explore this world to the wild and unique places. Ultimately in life, I want to be educated and through that notion, it's by connecting with different people and learning through experience.

     

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    Website // www.krystlewright.com

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    ADVENTURES highlights

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    Chill by Split Apple Rock, NZ

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  • SwimmingSwimming
  • ChillingChilling
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  • Bike Parking Bike Parking
  • Child Friendly Child Friendly
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    Fantastic secluded beach. Not to hard to find, 10 min walk down (well looked after track) and 15min back up. Great little beach, caves for the kids to explore. Split apple rock is really cool to see. Best to be there at low tide, as I think the beach disappears at high tide (judging by the tide mark). Best of all, viewing nature as its intended. Free!

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    Kings Canyon Rim Walk

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  • WalkingWalking
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  • Bike Parking Bike Parking
  • Child Friendly Child Friendly
  • Parking Parking
  • Author: Ian Stewart Portfolio Image

    The walls of Kings Canyon are over 100 metres high, with Kings Creek at the bottom. Part of the gorge is a sacred Aboriginal site and visitors are discouraged from walking off the walking tracks. The Rim Walk is six kilometres in length, and suitable for relatively fit walkers who are able to take on an initial climb up about a thousand (1000) steps to the top of the Canyon. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk can be completed in about three to four hours depending on how often you stop to admire the extraordinary scenery. Even though I’ve done this walk hundreds of times, it’s still one of my very favourites.

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    Easter Reef on Great Ocean road

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  • SurfingSurfing
  • PhotographyPhotography
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  • Dog friendly Dog friendly
  • Child Friendly Child Friendly
  • Parking Parking
  • Author: Tyson Kochel Portfolio Image

    With 15,000 kilometres of coastline, Ocean Road is heaven for beach-lovers.  For surfing I have visited Easter Reef. Waves here can get massive at times, and even if they look manageable from the shore, it's truly a different beast once you're out amongst it. Expect big, strong, powerful waves with a steep jacking take off and plenty of speed to see you soaring down the line toward the shore. Big wave riders will be comfortable here, and many find a boat or jet ski and tow rope are useful for launching. Surfing is best when there's a north easterly wind, and locals claim the waves can get up to 20 feet or higher, so safety should be your top priority.

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