We all love taking happy snaps on holidays, but for some, the process of capturing moments of our travels on camera is the sole reason for taking a holiday in the first place. A growing number of Australians are taking up birdwatching and nature photography as hobbies that allow them to experience nature and improve their skills at the same time. If you're one of these people, we've got some fantastic locations to share that are something of a nature-lover's dream, from a Blue Mountains tour that allows you to take in the incredible formations of the Three Sisters to a cruise through the wetlands of Kakadu national park. Get your camera ready, because you'll need it a lot!
Renowned for its plethora of bird life as well as the incredible rock formations that give the region its heavy-hitting tourist status, the Blue Mountains provide countless opportunities to get up close and personal with nature. Take a tour or go it alone, you're sure to be snapping picture left, right and centre.
Kakadu National Park
Make sure that while you're here you take a boat cruise through the wetlands. Teaming with life both above and below the water, this is the place to spy a sneaky crocodile and a majestic Jabiru all in the same day. Be sure to keep your camera inside the boat though...or it might become lunch!
Great Barrier Reef
For nature photography with an aquatic twist, you can't beat the Great Barrier Reef. If you're interest in nature photography extends to the underwater variety, then get your waterproof kodak, book yourself a dive tour and be amazed as you see an entire ecosystem of colour and variety pass you by.
Phillip Island in Victoria is one of the best places in the world to see Little Penguins in action. Book a Phillip Island tour and watch in amazement as the Little Penguins arrive onshore en masse. You'll be able to get snap happy at the Koala Conservation Centre as you spot for koalas in their natural habitat.
Kangaroo Island in South Australia is not only a premier food and wine lover's destination, it is a perfect place to indulge in some birdwatching and nature photography as well. Make sure you take a trip to the seal colony on the island, and watch as the seals laze in the sun and cuddle up to each other!
For some of the best photo-ops you've ever experienced, or simply to have a chance to see some fascinating wildlife in its natural habitat, Australia is a world-class destination. Even for tourists within Australia, our wildlife and landscape varies so greatly that from one state to another your experience will be totally different. Whether you're an amateur photographer or you fancy yourself a bit of an expert, there's no better way to hone your skills than to get out and explore...so what are you waiting for?