August 1, 2020 / By Lauren Sutton
Lauren Sutton started taking photos as a way to share her experiences when she moved to Tasmania. This is where her passion for photography and the outdoors, and telling stories through imagery, began. On this trip she and her husband went to Namadgi National Park.
Namadgi is part of the Australian Alps mountain range and is Canberra's only national park, making up approximately 46% of the ACT's land area. Only a 45 minute drive south from Canberra, Namadgi is the the perfect place for a day trip or weekend adventure.
We decided to make the most of the weekend and stay in the National Park. We stopped at the visitor centre on the way through and picked up a map and our camping permit and continued on to Honeysuckle Campground. The campground is nestled in between huge gum trees with large grassy areas for tents and places for campervans to park. The facilities are very good, including pit toilets, plenty of fire pits and a covered barbeque area.
We found a sheltered spot in the sun to park our van and warm up and cook lunch. After lunch we headed off down a dirt road to the start of the walk to Legoland. The dirt road is suitable for 2wd vehicles when it is open, but some of the hills were very steep and we didn't think we would make it in our van so we pulled off halfway up and walked the rest of the way to the start of the walk.
Legoland can be difficult to find on a map or walking guide. With no phone reception in most of the National Park I made sure I did plenty of research before we left so I knew where we were going. From the carpark area there are two tracks which are both easy walking. The track to the left is only about 100 meters and brings you to a massive granite boulder where we got a great view over the valley and watched some people abseiling.
The track to the right takes you through the trees along the ridge line, with plenty of side tracks to explore. You’ll know when you make it to Legoland, we spent hours exploring the huge boulders, weaving through tunnels and climbing through cracks and crevices. There are also plenty of secluded places to sit with a view over the valley below, perfect for a picnic lunch!
We walked back to the van as the sun was setting, keeping an eye out for birds and wallabies in the bush. We drove back to the campground to spend the night, cooking dinner, playing cards and drinking wine, with the plan to get up early for a sunset walk. We woke up to rain so decided to sleep in a bit longer. After breakfast the rain turned into snow, so we cancelled our plans to walk to Booroomba Rocks and instead headed home with plans to come back another time to explore more of this beautiful area.
More photographs like the ones on this site can be round here. Lauren comments that:
Photography has allowed me to open my eyes, finding beauty in ordinary moments. I love that I can share this with my husband, and taking photos is now a crucial part of all of our adventures. I use a Sony A7II and my husband has a Canon 6D.
But really it doesn't matter what camera you use, its just about getting out and experiencing the world around us with an open mind. Canberra is my hometown but even though I grew up here there are so many beautiful places that I am still exploring. After travelling overseas for most of last year I am now spending more weekends travelling closer to home and exploring more of the bushland, mountains and even the coastline within a few hours drive from Canberra.
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