The time is ripe for a visit to the iconic Cootamundra canola fields as they come into bloom and colour the paddocks fluroescent yellow!
The Cootamundra Canola Fields
The canola fields are located on Old Gundagai Road, and Rosehill and Jugiong roads near Cootamundra. From germination to seed production, the life-cycle of a canola plant takes about 3 ½ months, depending on temperature, moisture, sunlight and soil fertility. Make sure you visit in late winter/spring to see them at their best.
Note: We can’t guarantee the flowers will be blooming, do your research before you go!
Flying overhead you’re likely to see planes spraying the fields. Crop dusting refers to dropping actual dust on crops, so the pilots generally prefer the term ‘aerial application’ or ‘ag application.’ Regardless, these guys are really well trained and watching them in action from a distance is quite a spectacle. However I suggest you stand back as the chemicals they drop are quite toxic and should not be breathed in!
Safety note: Please don’t enter the Canola Fields. You risk trampling the fields, ingesting pesticide, or encountering angry farmers!
We did this trip for photography, here’s what we brought:
- Canon 5D Mark III
- Carl Zeiss 18mm
- Canon 50mm f1.2L lens.
- Sirui T024X carbon-fibre tripod
- Nisi Filters (10 stop, PL & 3 stop reverse soft grad)
- MacBook Pro & Lacie Fuel Drive.
- Wacom Bamboo tablet also works a charm for editing with Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik.
- Head torch
- Small reflectors
- If there are no planes flying low you might get away with flying a drone like we did with a DJI Mavic Pro. Best to check flight path before you fly.
How To Get There
Sydney to Cootamundra is around a 4-hour drive.
Head down the Hume Highway and turn off at Jugiong.
This article was originally published on Alfonso’s photography website where he posts tips and runs tour workshops around Australia and internationally.