© Simon Bayliss 2008-2018


Outback Landscapes

Australia is a land of great extremes, beauty and diversity and it is such a privilege to be able to share images I have captured whether through the many online and print publications I have contributed to over the years. There are not too many places across this great country that I don’t get excited about photographing, but I have a special passion for all things outback, especially outback NSW and the regions along the Darling River and the Corner Country. While our cultural fabric and heritage is intricately linked to the outback, it is the coastal areas we are also drawn to; and as a photographer, they make wonderful places to capture.

Around the Farm

There are many wonderful things to photograph around farms and homesteads. Photographic elements of wonderful timbers, textures, structures and rural items, lend themselves beautifully to the visual media that is photography.

Coastal Australia

Gerringong is a picture postcard coastal town located on the NSW Southcoast about 1.5 hours south of Sydney. While most of the NSW coastline is being over developed, Gerringong is one of those places that retains the elements of a true coastal idyll. Set off the main highway, the town has maintained a layback country style and sense of community that it is the envy of many. Add to that the fact that its beach, Werri Beach, is renowned as the best surf beach on the NSW South Coast. Werri (originally known as Ourie Beach) is a beautiful classic Australian beach with its pristine sands stretched out between two rock headlands with a magnificent rock pool on the rock shelf of the southern end and a wonderful lagoon at the northern end. Sydney’s Northern Beaches stretches along the beautiful coastline from Manly as far north as Palm Beach and is a mecca for beach lovers not only on the Northern Beaches, but great Sydney as well as Australian and International visitors. Manly Beach, probably the most famous, is easily accessed from Sydney via the iconic Many Ferry and is one of the most photographed regions of Sydney. The coastal feel comes alive pre-dawn with surfers, Surf Lifesavers and fitness enthusiasts going about their daily ritual to the rhythm of the ocean; under a glorious rising sun.

Darling River

Part of the Murray Darling Basin, which covers 1,061,469 square kilometres (14% of the total area of Australia), the Darling River is sourced from Queensland's Darling Downs and NSW's northern rivers region. The Warrego and Culgoa Rivers bring water from south-east Queensland while the Barwon, Gwydir, Namoi, Castlereagh and Bogan Rivers of northern NSW flow north-west joining the flows from the Darling Downs to form the Darling River.