Exploring South Australia: Through New Eyes

Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

 (Victor Harbour)

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” (Marcel Proust)


My passion for travel and photography has taken me around the world through seven continents and introduced me to breath-taking landscapes, eye-opening cultures and incredible wildlife.

It has also resulted in me both neglecting the country I’m from and appreciating it more as I’ve learned to look at the world through new eyes.

I was born in the Australian outback and growing up in Broken Hill saw me living the first fifteen years of my life in the type of environment I now chase as a photographer.  I spent the next decade in Adelaide, the gateway to diverse and interesting environments, the type I now crave as a traveller.

I then moved to London, and for most of the past 12 years have used it as a base to explore the rest of the world.

The irony is not lost on me!

Following a decision to take a break from London and get back on the nomadic travel road, I recently returned to Adelaide to recharge the batteries and spend time with family and friends.  As I used the time to finalize upcoming travel plans to the Arctic, Africa and Croatia, I realized I now plan my travel locations with landscape and wildlife photography opportunities in mind.

And South Australia has an abundance of both.

Exploring my own backyard through a lens has given me the opportunity to appreciate one of Australia’s most under-rated states, through new eyes.

Photography road trips through the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges have reminded me why landscape and wildlife is fast becoming my favourite genre of travel photography.  I am drawn to the challenge.  Not only do you need to search for an inspiring location and subject, you need to physically get yourself there and have a number of uncontrollable factors on your side.

A great landscape or wildlife photography feels earned.

I’ve enjoyed energising sunrises and calming sunsets.  I’ve encountered unique Australian wildlife in its natural environment.  I’ve let my mind wander as I’ve driven along the wide, open and empty outback roads, alongside constantly changing countryside.  I’ve been hypnotised by the crashing surf along the natural and unspoiled coastline.

And I’ve been constantly reminded why I’ll always call home Australia home.


Each day this week I’ll be sharing my top 10 photographs of a different feature of South Australia’s landscape and wildlife.

Here is a teaser!



Yorke Peninsula

(Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula)

For more photographs, check out my Top 10 Coastal Photographs from my recent road trips


Kangaroo Island

(Kingscote, Kangaroo Island)

For more photographs, check out my Top 10 Sunrise & Sunset Photographs from my recent road trips



(Henley Beach, Adelaide)

For more photographs, check out my Top 10 Sunrise & Sunset Photographs from my recent road trips



(Red Kangaroo, Flinders Ranges)

For more photographs, check out my Top 10 Wildlife Photographs from my recent road trips

Inland & Outback

Near Quorn, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

(After the rain, near Quorn)

For more photographs, check out my Top 10 Coastal Photographs from my recent road trips


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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com


  1. Hi Kellie, and WOW, love those photos.

    As always you are an inspiration to us all. Thanks,

    I have just written a blog on South Australia, and while my photos don’t compare to yours, I would be happy for you to use any of it if helpful.

    It is at http://trevchris.aussieblogs.com.au/2013/06/17/10-great-things-you-may-not-know-about-south-australia/


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