Australasia

High resolution images from Asia-Pacific, including Australia’s Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Sapphire Coast, and Queensland.

Blue Mountains Australia

Australia’s Blue Mountains

KATOOMBA, Australia — Australia’s Blue Mountains, with its famous landmark the Three Sisters, have long been a favoriate tourist destination and weekend getaway for Sydneysiders.

Sydney city skyline at dusk

Sydney Harbour at Night

SYDNEY, Australia — Sydney Harbour is a beautiful setting for Australia’s largest city, and at night it really sparkles.

Sunset at 1770 Queensland

Town of 1770

SEVENTEEN SEVENTY, Australia — It’s an odd name for a town, but then Australia has a lot of unusual-sounding place names (see: Wagga Wagga, Bong Bong, or Humpybong). It’s sometimes listed officially as “Seventeen Seventy.” Locals often write it as “1770”, which gives a better hint as to the history behind the strange name.

Surfers Paradise skyline panorama

Australia’s Picture Postcard Beach

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia — Surfers Paradise might have a terrible name, but it has a fantastic beach. It’s exactly what you think of when you think of a Queensland Beach.

Underwater photo of school of large fish

Batfish in Blue

VANUATU — This shot of a school of batfish silhouetted against the sun was taken while diving off Vanuatu.

Australian War Memorial at night

Australian War Memorial

CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian War Memorial in Canberra has real personality and a fascinating story of ANZAC to tell.

Aerial view of Lady Elliot Island

Up Close and Personal with the Great Barrier Reef

LADY ELLIOT ISLAND, Australia — Ever fancied a pre-breakfast swim with turtles and manta rays? If you’ve ever had a hankering to get up close and personal with Australia’s extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, there aren’t many better ways than a trip to Lady Elliot Island Resort.

Rugged coastline in Australia

Australia’s Rugged Coastline

TATHRA, Australia — The southern New South Wales coast includes some real gems. Driving along the coast up to Sydney early one morning, I was particularly struck by this rugged headland at Tathra.

Sydney Opera House at Dusk, Australia

Sydney Opera House, Australia

SYDNEY, Australia — The Sydney Opera House is the iconic architectural symbol of Australia, and cameras seem magnetically drawn to it.

Story Bridge at night

Australia’s Sunshine State Capital

BRISBANE, Australia — The capital of the Australian state of Queensland, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and one of the fastest growing metropolitan centers in the country.

View at Point Lookout overlooking the beach at North Stradbroke Island (Photo)

North Stradbroke Island, Australia

NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND, Australia — Known to the locals as “Straddie,” North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane separates southern Moreton Bay from the Pacific Ocean. With miles of spectacular ocean beaches and an abundance of local marine life such as whales, sharks, turtles, and dolphins, it’s a popular summer holiday destination and yet still manages to feel remote.

Parliament House at dusk

Australian Parliament House, Canberra

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s new Parliament House in Canberra is a striking piece of architecture, built into a hill and utilizing natural Australian materials.

Towamba River Valley, a Beautiful Spot in the Australian Outback

TOWAMBA, Australia — The Towamba Valley is nestled between state forests and national parks and yet still only half an hour to the stunning Sapphire Coast, at that. Adding to the charm is that it’s just not that easy to get to. And that’s just the way the locals like it.