Jake Anderson is an adventure photographer who scours the land in search of incredible places to shoot. Here are 11 of his favourite locations to photograph in New South Wales.
1. The Three Sisters
Location: Katoomba, Blue Mountains
The selling point of the entire Blue Mountains and one of the top 5 most visited places in Australia. Also one of the easier places to get to, only a 1.5 hour drive from Sydney, so it’s a perfect place to start.
2. Blue Mountains Crags and Canyons
Location: Blue Mountains
The canyons and crags require a little more experience than just hiking capabilities but there’s a range of tour providers in Katoomba with the capabilities to get virtually anyone into these mystical places.
3. Kosciusko National Park
Location: Snowy Mountains
Kosci is a place that possesses incredible beauty no matter the season, whether you’re hiking through summer or skiing in winter. You’ll be able to capture a variety of colours and shapes, textures and perspectives and you’ll have the time and the space to practice your new craft in this stunning yet under-visited location.
4. Norah Head
Location: Central Coast
The Central Coast has a whole bunch of amazing places to shoot – I could go on and on. Norah Head Lighthouse is one of these truly amazing places to watch the sun come up and welcome in the new day. Maybe even jump in the water or do some beach sprints to cap it all off!
5. Putty Beach/ Bouddi National Park
Location: Central Coast
This is another insanely cool place to shoot on the Central Coast. Rock erosion from the ocean makes for some incredibly strong foreground details.
6. Sugar Pine Forest
Location: Bago State Forest, Snowy Mountains
Tucked away in the NSW alpine area this place has become a bit of a mecca for photographers. If you can get here with snow this place really goes off. I shot here after a last minute decision with some friends to make the overnight drive on a Friday afternoon. 100% worth it.
7. The Castle and Monolith Valley
Location: Morton National Park, South Coast
Possibly the best kept secret in NSW up until about a year or two ago. Just from a hiking point of view this place has to be up there as one of the best in the state. The views are hard to put into words and you constantly feel dwarfed by the vastness of the area.
8. Nymboida River
Location: Nymboida National Park, Northern Rivers
Glassy rivers meet turbulent whitewater in steep sided gorges on the stunning Nymbodia River. Here are 8 reasons why you should get up there and see it for yourself!
9. Belmore and Fitzroy Falls
Location: Southern Highlands
These are two of the most photogenic waterfalls in NSW and to make it super easy for you, they’re situated just half an hour apart in the Southern Highlands.
10. Point Perpendicular
Location: Jervis Bay, South Coast
For the brave, the shooting results here can be outstanding. It’s a coastal spot on the Shoalhaven that offers incredible exposure and unique perspectives.
Location: South Coast
This place is a climbers haven and a place I really can’t get enough of. The more sweet little spots you find, the more you’ll understand how much there is to find!