Riding Through the Outback: A Photographer’s Adventure

As a photographer in Alice Springs, I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to capture the beauty of the Australian outback. So, when the opportunity arose to take my Royal Enfield motorbike on a 200km ride along the Tanami Road to Tilmouth Well, which sits next to Lake Lewis, I couldn’t resist!


The road was parallel but north of the West MacDonnel National Park and rangers, giving me an amazing view of the ranges. It was like being in the middle of a wild west movie, minus the cowboy hat and spurs, of course. But as I rode along the desert plains and bush scrub, I realized that this adventure was going to be more than just a photo opportunity

I came across some unexpected sights, like camels running in the scrub along the highway, and road trains with three to four trailers that made navigating the one-lane bitumen roads a bit of a challenge. To avoid these beasts, I had to pull over and let them pass, which gave me a chance to stretch my legs and take in the breathtaking scenery. All in all, it was a ride that made me feel alive, but also made me grateful for the comfort of my camera gear!

About 3/4 of the way to Tilmouth Well, I came across a roadside rest stop that was a little rough around the edges. The concrete table under the shelter was covered with what looked like mud and bird droppings – a real feast for the eyes, let me tell you! But my surprise didn’t end there. When I looked up, I saw a massive amount of bird nests, all made out of very small balls of mud, right above the table. It was like a mud village had sprung up overnight! I couldn’t help but wonder what the birds were thinking as they built their homes above a rest stop covered in bird droppings. But hey, when nature calls, you gotta answer, right?

Despite the challenges of the road, the sunset was absolutely spectacular. Clouds dotted the plains, with the sun sneaking through to paint the sky a beautiful gold against the dark blue backdrop. And let’s not forget about the wildlife – on my ride back home, I saw an amazing amount of bird life, including a massive wedge-tailed eagle that was standing on what was left of a kangaroo that was part of roadkill. As I rode closer, I kept thinking it was going to take off any second but it didn’t until I was almost alongside it, at which point it took flight to the safe haven of some trees about 20 meters away.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Brendan, what does a motorbike ride have to do with photography?” Well, let me tell you, sometimes you have to go off the beaten path to capture the perfect shot. And sometimes, that means hopping on a motorbike and riding into the heart of the Australian outback.

Not only did this ride give me a new perspective on the beauty of the outback, but it also served as a reminder to always be open to new experiences and opportunities. Life is short, so why not make the most of it and go on a motorbike ride through the desert?

In conclusion, my Royal Enfield adventure through the heart of the Australian outback was one for the books. From the unexpected sights of camels and road trains to the stunning sunset over the plains, it was a ride filled with excitement and beauty. And who knows, maybe my next photography session will be inspired by this ride through the heart of the Australian outback.

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Who Needs A Challenge

One of the things we really don’t do enough of is “Challenge Ourselves”


When I say challenge ourselves I mean both mentally, physically, and emotionally.  


It’s one of those things we generally only do when we have to, most of us don’t chase the challenge or go to the edge of where we feel comfortable. 

Snow Hiking

There are many ways in which we can challenge ourselves. 

The photo above was the start of a hike and weekend camp which I can safely say that 99% of people that live in Australia will never do. 

Like really what person in their right mind would go hiking and camping after a blizzard in the Kosciuszko National Park? hahahahaha

TBH – The hike on snowshoes was amazing, the countryside was even better.  THE LIFE EXPERIENCE IS PRICELESS!

Let’s fast forward to today, given the blizzard conditions over the last few days and snow falling In Canberra not to mention so early in the ski season, my question is.

If your dream was to walk up to the top of Mt Kosciusko and this weekend was the only time you had the opportunity, what would you do so you could achieve your dreams this weekend given the environmental factors?