5 spots to try astrophotography on the Central Coast, NSW

September 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

5 spots on the Central Coast/ Lake Macquarie region to try out your astrophotography! 

Whilst many do not have time to look up at the night sky, you can be awfully surprised if you do. Regardless of the heavy light pollution from Sydney to Newcastle, there are some areas you can visit to avoid the bulk of it - and isn't it spectacular!

I run workshops in these regions. If you wish to partake in a workshop, please send me an email or contact me via the contact page, here

CAVES BEACH

A spectacular place to start your astrophotography season. Towards the beginning of season, the caves offer a lovely canvas to frame your Milky Way image. As the core rises in the east, you should have spectacular views from the caves. Please be very cautious as the tide can provide an extreme hindrance creating a very dangerous environment. 

The cliff edges, rocks and trees provide for some great abstract compositions. Easy to get to, there is a car park directly above the caves, but again - please check tide times as well as wear and have the appropriate gear to venture into them. 

LITTLE BEACH

Tucked away in the dense forest of Bouddi National Park lies Little Beach. What’s so spectacular about this place is it is nestled in a little cove surrounded by cliffs. It feels as though you are a million miles from civilisation yet Sydney is very much around the corner. It is also a camping spot and allows 6 camp sites at any one point in time, making it easy to organise the logistics of your night photography shoot.

 

 

CATHERINE HILL BAY

Situated on the southern end of the Lake Macquarie region, Catherine Hill Bay is a beautiful spot that offers plenty for night photography. The first and most obvious is the withered, old jetty. By day it is a spring board for young grommits and by night it is a leading line to the core of the Milky Way (during the early months of the core season). If man made structures does not fit your desire for foreground subjects, the weathered rocks and rock formations are most willing to provide.

 

 

NORAH HEAD

Norah head is one of the darkest spots on the coast, perfect for astrophotography. The main feature of this area is the light house. The gorgeous beacon resonates beauty and can add multiple aspects to your images, whether it be a nicely lit foreground or being the main subject, blistering it's light out across the ocean. 

There are other area of interest as well though - the lookout near the lighthouse and the rocks below the lighthouse. Carved by the power of the ocean, there is some interesting gulley’s in the rocks also known as ‘the fingers’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUDGEWOI BEACH

My local beach. What makes this location so appealing is the scarceness of trees, the walkways and the lookouts. Whilst it isn’t as dark as some of the other locations mentioned it offers great opportunity for silhouettes and/or the use of zoom lenses for perspective images. The best time to target Budgewoi beach is first thing into the Milky Way season (late March, Early April) or at the end of the season (September/October). Beware though, in the latter months, as the core sets over the western sky, light pollution from the western side of the lake will affect your photography, so ensure the core is high enough to get a decent shot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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