Looking down on Queensland; Aerial Photography Essay

On a recent visit to Queensland, Australia, somebody claimed it looks better from the air, fortunately they also treated me to a couple of charter flights over the region. Therefore, it’s easy to confirm what a beautiful place it is, mature, green forests, punctuated with impressive city skylines, and long sweeping beaches. Queensland has wow factor, especially from the air.

Aerial views of the Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-448 aerial_queensland

Flying over Queensland

Both flights were to isolated islands, Keswick Island in the Whitsundays, and Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Flying low over some of Australia’s coastline is a fantastic experience, but seeing some of the offshore islands from the air is even more special.

Secluded sandy coves, and surrounding protective reefs, ideal for exploring are easily visible from the vantage point of a small plane. Even at less than a thousand feet, boats appear tiny, and people are minute specks on beaches, tracks or single track roads.

Keswick Island in the Whitsundays, near Mackay. Queensland in Australia on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-438 kewsick_island

Keswick Island from the cockpit

Lady Elliot Island was especially striking from above, appearing almost lonely, an atoll in the vast expanse of the aquamarine ocean, with a coral ‘halo’ all around it. Travelling there, in a single propeller Cessna Caravan, flying parallel to the coastline between Surfer’s Paradise, and Brisbane the long beach stretched to the distant horizon.

Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-433 lady_elliot

Lady Elliot, island with a coral halo

Keswick Island in the Whitsundays, near Mackay. Queensland in Australia on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-447 kewsick_island

Fingerlike peninsulas of Keswick Island

The beach is just one attraction of the Gold Coast, but it’s bordered by cities all along it’s length, people drawn to the ocean, and a lifestyle of living within earshot of the surf. Dozens of marinas, with hundreds of yachts dot the coast of the Sunshine state, testament to our love for the ocean.

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This is the Gold Coast

Tall skyscrapers reach upwards, into the sky, as if trying to pluck our little charter plane from it’s lofty vantage point. Cities amidst dense woodland, appearing like islands of civilisation in the green wilderness, beyond this low-lying hills break-up the horizon. Sprouting above a late afternoon heat haze, they are the misty mountains of Queensland. They probably have names, but I’m unaware of them, their unfamiliarity, adds to their mystique, and I’m happy to remain ignorant.

Secluded beach on Keswick Island in the Whitsundays, near Mackay. Queensland in Australia on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-445 kewsick_island

Visiting a secluded, sandy bay

Aerial views of Surfer's Paradise the Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-437 surfers_paradise

Surfer’s Paradise half crescent bay

Clouds can also appear spectacular, like a rolling landscape of fluffy, white hills. There are deep chasms, and long valleys, which reach down to the ocean below. As the plane progresses, glimpses of clear ocean are seen from the cockpit, a blue oasis in a desert of cloud.

Even industrial sites, or busy ports seem more attractive from the air. Stood in the middle of these sites they are unattractive, even ugly. However, with the wider perspective of an aerial view they appear less harsh, more appealing.

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Flying low over a Gold Coast beach

I thoroughly enjoyed flying over the coastline, and islands of Queensland, it provides a completely different perspective, and the views are spectacular. However, the photography is challenging, a fast-moving plane, scratched windows, and reflections are just a few considerations to deal with.

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Gold Coast marina

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The port at Mackay

Queensland, still needs exploring on the ground, nothing beats walking through the rainforest. Majestic, ancient trees, unique wildlife, and unexpected waterfalls, few of which are visible from the air. Getting sand between the toes, on the everlasting beaches, or secluded bays is appealing too, I enjoy these immersive experiences, they appeal to my spirit of adventure. I may fly, but will always prefer to walk.

Aerial views of Surfer's Paradise the Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia on Mallory on Travel adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain Mallory-300-450 surfers_paradise

Surfer’s Paradise

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5 Responses to “Looking down on Queensland; Aerial Photography Essay”

  1. noel June 3, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    It definitely looks more impressive from above especially those islands and color of the water, beautiful
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  2. Maria Falvey June 2, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    Gorgeous shots from up above – thanks for the bird’s eye view
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  3. Nicholas Kontis May 30, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    Iain,
    Way back in the day, I once drove from Darwin to Sydney. Oz is so special, and Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef are amazing. Even now that I am using a Canon Ios Rebel with a 300mm lens as well sometimes, I wish that I were photographer that you are.

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  4. Charli May 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Gosh you managed to see quite a bit of the state from the air! Ben and I drove the entire coastline and parts of the hinterlands during our 2012 Aussie road trip. I’d have loved to see the landscape from above.
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  5. Dean May 29, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    I’ve always wanted to do one of these flights. I love the Gold Coast but never seen it from above.

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