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jorge Muller Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park

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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Ian Stewart Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Kings Canyon can be seen in many ways-and one is just perfect for you.

The iconic hike is known as the spellbinding Rim Walk to the top of Kings Canyon. 

The Rim Walk takes you down to the Garden of Eden on a 6 kilometer circuit and back to the top to wonder at the 360 views. The walk may take about 3-4 hours, depending on the pace you take to absorb the humbling scenery.

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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AWAYN Editorial

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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Tyson Kochel Easter Reef on Great Ocean road

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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Daniel Fedor Photograph Wave Rock Rd

Wave Rock is found on the northern face of Hyden Rock, located near the town of Hyden, and 335 km east of Perth, Western Australia. It is 11- 12 m high (different heights are stated by different authors) and 110 m long. It is a granite outcrop of the Yilgarn Craton, the oldest of the cratons that formed the original Australian continent. The shape of the "wave" is not triggered in a straight line by water erosion, but by scarp foot weathering. The rock was originally buried by soil, and as the soil level was lowered by erosion the top of the granite was exposed. 

The Aboriginal People of the area are believed to have avoided the rock. The reason is not certain, some believe it was because of the connections with the stories of the past, others believe it was simply because of the lack of water, or to avoid contact with other nearby tribes. Into the northern area of rocks is a region that was visited by the Aboriginal People where water was accessible in flagon-shaped holes in the rock they called gnamma holes. Nearby is Bates Cave, eroded out of a large boulder that has been dislodged from the Humps, a large rock residual. On the walls of this cave are stencilled hand marks that are believed to be about 200 years old.

Hundreds of kangaroos, emus, wallabies, koalas, wombats, lizards and many kinds of birds inhabit the environs of the rock. There are varying shades of yellow, red and grey that have formed in vertical strips down the rock face.This has been caused by minerals washing down the rock over centuries.

Near to Wave Rock is the aptly named Wave Rock Dam, an impressive dam which was initially constructed in 1928. This dam was expanded in 1951, to service the Hyden Township and its capacity is 30 mega liters (30 000 cubic meters). The dam has low walls, which have been constructed on Wave Rock to channel the rainwater into the dam. Wave Rock can be stepped in at any time, but many visitors prefer to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to see the shifting light on the rock.

 

Bring your camera and water and allow yourself an hour to see the Wave then walk around to Hippos Yawn which is only a short walk back to the car park where you began. The sound of the wind in the salmon guns is very peaceful.

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jorge Muller Mungo Nation Park

Mungo National Park in the heart of the World Heritage Area of Willandra Lakes in NSW. For the people of Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi, this extraordinary place is of great value. Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, found only meters apart, were buried on the shores of Lake Mungo more than 42,000 years ago. Mungo Lady has been cremated, the oldest ritual burials on the planet. They represent the early emergence of human spiritual beliefs and give an insight into the care provided to the kin through the deep history of Australia. 

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Sandeep Malaka Shell Beach

Shell Beach sits within Shark Bay on a narrow isthmus, a peculiar inlet on Western Australia's coast. Shark Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to the proliferation of unique marine life found in and near its waters–including dugongs (manatee-related), Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (using tools–specifically sponges –to protect their nose while scouring the seabed for food), various whales and whale sharks, and the world's largest seagrass bank. 

 

Shell Beach wraps around L'Haridon Bight's southern end, one of Shark Bay's most inland precincts. As a bay located within a larger bay with a massive seagrass bank blocking tidal inflow in a climate with more evaporation than precipitation, L'Haridon Bight boasts a salinity level twice that of the ocean. This phenomenon is known as "hypersalinity," and it favors the survival of individual marine animals. Thus, for thousands of years, L'Haridon Bight has been a true paradise, allowing bivalves to develop, flourish, die, and have their shells wash up on the shore over and over again, enough times to create a dazzling snow-white beach 110 kilometers long and 10 meters deep. The volume of cockle shell material produced here is so large that it is compressed into a particular form of calcareous stone called coquina that was mined around Shell Beach for building construction in nearby Denham until the UNESCO protection started in 1991. Exclusive licenses are still being granted today to mine shells for mulch and poultry feed as a source of calcium. L'Haridon Bight's hypersalinity keeps both human predators and cockles out, making Shell Beach a favorite swimming spot. 

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