The Gold Coast – Owen Wilson Photography

Fun, surf, sun and beaches is the best way to describe the Gold Coast. Long beaches for walking, whether it be strolling for a casual walk or jogging and running, this place is perfect for that and much more.

Skyscrapers in Paradise Beach
D800 Nikon Camera, 1/125 sec exposure, f6.3 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 14-24mm lens

How incredible is this, the buildings are right down to the water and not little buildings, great big huge skyscrapers. This is the view you get when walking along Surfers Paradise Beach. This beach is patrolled so it’s safe to swim here also.

Surfing in Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/1000 sec exposure, f4.5 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 70-200mm  lens

Surfing is also possible but more towards Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta.

Christmas time Carols on the beach

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/10 sec exposure, f5.6 aperture, 2000 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

There are loads of activities, depending on the time you visit, Christmas time Carols on the beach, it’s cool and everyone has a great time. Awesome location for such an event. There are night markets, plenty of night life, in fact it hardly goes to sleep. The buildings light up at night making for some awesome photographic opportunities.

Carols on the beach

D700 Nikon Camera, 0.4 sec exposure, f8 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

Twilight is my favorite time to photograph, either the early evening or early Mornings. Because of the climate it’s so easy to, probably better at sometimes during the year to rise before light and go out pick your spot, if you miss it there’s always tomorrow. During the day it’s great to spend time with the family and go see the sights, visit tourist attractions like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.


D200 Nikon Camera, 1/250 sec exposure, f9 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 14-24mm lens

Feed the Lorikeets, see the other animals, Koalas, Kangaroos etc. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been operating for over 70 years. Opening in 1947 as Currumbin bird sanctuary, renamed in 1995 to Currumbin Wildlife sanctuary and Heritage listed in 2009 and still improving. There’s lots to do for the kids as well.

The best of all lookout, aptly named, is well worth a look.

Springbrook National Park Gold Coast

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/6 sec exposure, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

Magnificent vista, gorgeous, lush rainforest and mountain views.

Located south west of the Gold Coast city lies Springbrook National Park, with Cave creek, a tributary of the Nerang River containing a gorgeous waterfall and natural bridge. Simply gorgeous, this would have to be the jewel of the Gold Coast.

Springbrook National Park

D700 Nikon Camera, 1.6 sec exposure, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

Back to the city and we have The Hard Rock Café, great food and beverages to please any palate. With the light rail passing by as part of a 20-kilometre line and 19 stations so you can travel all day and visit everything on your bucket list.

Hard Rock Café

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/80 sec exposure, f2.83 aperture, 2000 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

The chevron Renaissance is another of it’s stops, offering family accommodation with holiday apartments, and still giving you a resort style stay.

family accommodation with holiday apartments

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/400 sec exposure, f5.6 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

And the magnificent Q1 building, great views from the observation deck.

Q1 building from the observation deck

Aerial, D700 Nikon Camera, 1/1000 sec exposure, f6.3 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

Backed by the Nerang River and seafront views its awesome, if you like heights. This would be a wonderful spot to watch the V8 Supercar races held on the Gold Coast every year mid-October, through the Skyscrapers and along the beach-side track. The circuit covers 2.98 kilometres, with 2 chicanes and several fast sections, not to mention the noise and excitement filling the air.

Seafront views in Narang River

Aerial, D700 Nikon Camera, 1/1000 sec exposure, f5.6 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

The high light of your visit will be the Meter Maids, once patrolling the streets to take care of the parking meters, ensuring no one received a parking fine. Now they will pose for a picture charging a small fee and selling their calendars and other merchandise. It’s great for tourism and fun too.

Gold Coast Metermaids

D700 Nikon Camera, 1/125 sec exposure, f14 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

This concludes yet another blog, I hope we piqued your interest and you venture to this wonderful part of the world. For more images of the Gold Coast and surrounds please visit our website www.owenwilson.net.au and enjoy.

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