justin welch photography

I'm a freelance fine art photographer based in London and Paris.

After a 7 hour flight, and just 1 hours sleep, from Hong Kong we touched down in Cairns (Queensland). We jumped onto the shuttle bus heading for Port Douglas, even further up the Queensland coast. The drive along the coastal Captain Cook Highway was spectacular.  And the town itself was just picture perfect. 

Once we had arrived and checked into our accommodation, which was a stone’s practically on the beach, we headed up the main street to the weekly market, which is reportedly one of the best in Australia. As we slowly walked up to the market, we could sense a storm was brewing. And sure enough within an hour the heavens opened and we were treated to a spectacular electric storm.  After the rain had passed I grabbed my camera and tripod and dashed for the beach to try and capture the dramatic lightning in the distance. I managed to get some keepers – can be found in my gallery.

The following day we decided to have as a chill-out day so we just hired some bicycles and rode up to a lookout point above the town and then just explored the streets before heading back for a well-deserved afternoon nap.

The following day we went diving on the Great Barrier Reef. I had a total of 3 dives and managed to see white tipped sharks, turtles, moray eels, loads of sea cucumbers and giant clams.  It was a memorable day out on the reef and felt really fortunate to have been able experiencing the beauty of the reef from a fish’s perspective!

For our last full day in the area we went on a private tour of the Daintree Rain Forrest. This is the only place on earth where 2 world heritage sites meet, the Daintree Rain Forrest and the Great Barrier Reef.  The day also included a river cruise where we went in search of the ‘Salties’, saltwater crocodiles.

 The following morning we were collected and taken back to Cairns Airport to catch our flight to Ayers Rock.

For a complete set of images from this part of our journey, please visit my website Urban and Travel section at www.justinwelchphotography.com