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Shooting the Unique Kimbeley

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  • Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Recently I had the pleasure of accompanying travel photographer David Kirkland, Nigel Perry from Blue Seas Resort and his partner Nikki Gardner on a photo shoot of Broome’s stunning Cable Beach and spectacular Karijini National Park in the Pilbara Region.

David is one of the most widely published travel photographers and writers in the Asia Pacific region. He specialises in capturing memorable promotional photographs for national and regional tourism authorities and produces world-class images for international resorts and boutique properties.

I definitely hit the jackpot when Nigel and Nikki agreed to be the talent for this Australia’s North West Tourism image library photo shoot. Both extremely photogenic plus super organised with their wardrobe, props and good humour for many early morning starts and late nights.

For our road trip from Broome to Karijini we made sure we had lots of lollies, snacks and music by Broome band the Pigram Brothers. Before driving into Karijini National Park, be sure to stop at Auski Roadhouse for a burger with the lot and I mean the lot!

Our generous hosts at Karijini Eco Retreat looked after us very well with delicious meals prepared by Chef Trevor, awesome packed lunches, hot water bottles for the cold nights and the most comfortable king bed I’ve ever slept on in unique eco tents. It was great Bob & Sue Stump from Lestok Tours could join us for dinner one night. Lestok Tours have operated out of Tom Price for many years and do fabulous Karijini and mine site tours. While staying at Karijini Eco Retreat enjoy the stars with Remtrek Tours and for the more active traveller experience Karijini gorges with West Oz Active Adventure Tours

Though working, we had plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of Joffre Falls, Oxer’s Lookout, Hamersley Gorge, Hancock Gorge, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool. A visit to the park’s Visitor Centre is a must!

The Warlu Way is a designated drive trail through the Pilbara, a great way to take in the highlights of this great region. On our last day we travelled the Warlu Way to Tom Price then on to Paraburdo for our flight home. I would like to take this opportunity to thank David Kirkland for his enthusiasm and expertise and Nigel and Nikki for being incredibly obliging, helpful and all round good talent! We look forward to sharing the photos with you all very soon.

 

(Originally published on Australia's Northwest Blog 4 September 2013)

 

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