Sean Scott has travelled to every corner of Australia with a camera in hand. So, what off-road destinations stand above the rest to a famed landscape photographer?
The Murchison Region is one of Western Australia’s most mysterious off-road destinations, though one famed attraction is the looming sight of Walga Rock. Five kilometres in diameter and home to the largest known gallery of Aboriginal rock art in the state, it’s a granite monolith of epic proportions. The wider area around Walga Rock is equally fascinating, with its array of classic Outback landscapes and forgotten ghost towns that are waiting to be rediscovered by curious travellers – relics left to gather dust with the passing of the state’s bygone gold rush era.
The word oasis is criminally overused in travel circles but one instance where it’s totally appropriate is in the case of Boodjamulla National Park. Close to the border between the Northern Territory and Queensland, the park bubbles up out of the typically sparse Queensland outback in an explosion of red rock and green foliage that’s nourished by the crowning jewel of Boodjamulla: Lawn Hill Gorge. Cutting through Boodjamulla – which means Rainbow Serpent Country in the local dialect – Lawn Hill Gorge’s emerald waters are easily accessible by kayak and, better yet, are lined by numerous campsites from which its serene beauty can be admired.
Uluru is renowned for its size and significance, but Burringurrah – also known as Mt Augustus – is a lesser-known rock that’s (arguably) just as impressive. Twice as big as its more favoured cousin and far older, this giant monocline stands guard amongst a broad expanse of classic Outback Western Australia desert country. Burringurrah’s size makes it an excellent subject for drone photography, while its exposed rock faces catch fire at sunrise and sunset in ways that will inspire anyone with a camera in hand.
The undulating ranges of the Bungle Bungles, which were only noticed by the mainstream tourism media in 1983, would appear to be more at home on Mars than on Earth. With their strangely wave-like curves and alternating bands of red and black sandstone that ripple to the horizon, the crowning feature of Purnululu National Park is also one of the world’s most eye-catching geological wonders. Found in the depths of the Kimberley region, Purnululu can be discovered on foot during the Dry or from the air year-round. The complementary bursts of green that appear during the Wet mean that a flight over the Bungle Bungles during the off-season will, without doubt, take your breath away.
The Kimberley is bursting with locations that beg to be photographed but one that stands out is Lake Kununurra. A man-made reservoir that is fringed by diverse clusters of vegetation, wildlife and rock formations, Kununurra is easily accessible and even easier to fall in love with. Its size makes finding a unique frame a simple task, and when the water is glassy and the light is fading into burnt orange the results are almost always amazing. Campsites, caravan parks and the township are close by too, while boating and fishing are just a part of life for those who come into contact with this special body of water.
Sean Scott is a world-renowned landscape and adventure photographer based on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Follow him by heading over to @seanscottphotography to keep up with all his best images and latest adventures.