Birdsville Road Trip – Outback Family Photos

We recently took a whirlwind road trip

to Birdsville and it was the perfect opportunity for outback family photos.

It was a spontaneous idea to take advantage of the June school holidays, experience the Outback and witness the desert wildflowers brought to life by the recent rain.

It was absolutely fantastic

we’ve got the bug now and we really look forward to going back. The distance from Brisbane is huge and the country is beautiful as it progresses westward.

My camera was permanently stuck to my hand, part of the time it was overcast and the desert was made up of beautiful pastels. Leaving Birdsville we were astounded to see that it was actually a shorter distance to Adelaide than it was back to Brisbane!

Having never travelled there before

it was very much “feel it out as we go”. There was a few grey skies around and road reports weren’t always the latest so we called the local information centres while we progressed. Sometimes these information centres doubled up as the local library!

Luckily heavy rain stayed away

for most of the trip eastward but there was evidence that rain was around as some of the road trains had orange clay mud caked on them.

Birdsville was cool of a morning, but the days were not too bad. It was fun watching a few flights come into the local airstrip – I LVE planes :)

As something pretty unusual, we even crossed paths with Mick Doohan who head off from the strip with his family.

Outback family photos

Even though the kids disapproved, we got up at 4am and drove out to “Little Red” the sand dune just east of the famous “Big Red”. We wanted to experience an outback sunrise and felt this was the perfect place to do it.

We spent the quiet dawn taking LOTS of outback family photos of the kids all rugged up as rain drizzled down in the dim morning light. We weren’t treated to a spectacular red dawn because of overcast conditions, but instead it was delicate and pastel which was awesome also.

Having had a good wet season prior this meant that the desert flowers were beautiful in this soft light, perfectly contrasted with the red sand of the local dunes.

The rain was looming

just as we were heading back so we made a dash for it. Knowing that the unsealed roads in the district are closed when it rains we were mindful that we might get rained in, and we had family portrait sessions booked on our return!

I recommended it highly as an adventure for the family.

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  1. Margot Kirby 22, October, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    Lovely photography – I lived in Western Qld as a youngster so I have enjoyed the memories.

  2. Jenifer Byrne 4, August, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    Your photos make me want to pack the tent and head outback. You are one very skilled photographer, Margherita. Beautiful images, just like the family portraits we have proudly displayed at home. Thank you.

  3. Impressed of Kenmore 4, August, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Feel compelled to congratulate Margherita on her moving capture of the landscape in the Quilpie/Birdsville region of Queensland as they brought back memories of travelling through the region myself many years ago. They were actually a surprise on the website as Margherita had been recommended as a professional Portrait/Wedding photographer with outstanding people skills.

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