Through The Lens: Autumn in the Adelaide Hills (Australia)

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land: it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”

(G.K. Chesterton)

Nearly two months ago I rented out my flat in London, put my belongings into storage and headed to Heathrow with a one-way ticket.  As I reflected on the things I would (and would not) miss about the city that had been my home for the past 12 years, I turned my attention to the first stop on my ‘new chapter highway’.  Adelaide – the city that had been my home for the decade before, in the country I was born and raised in.

Before I set off on my relatively unplanned nomadic trail, I was looking forward to spending some quality time in my own country.  My recent travels have taught me that the best way to appreciate home is to leave it.  I’ve also been keen to explore my own country through a lens, enjoying the new found photography passion that was still dormant when I lived here.

After two weeks in beautiful Tasmania, I’ve been exploring locations closer to home, balancing my wanderlust with wanting to spend time with family and friends.  I’ve also been keeping an eye on the tight budget I’m living under this year which is being bashed by the hideous GBP/AUD exchange rate!

After a mini-road trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula, I next set my sights on a week in Kangaroo Island, which I am looking forward to in a few days time.  In the meantime, I focused on potential day trip destinations – and that is how I ended up in the Adelaide Hills.

The Adelaide Hills

My first memory of the Adelaide Hills is a sombre one.  I was only 9 years old and living in Broken Hill in 1983 but I still remember the Ash Wednesday bush fires being front page news.  2,300 homes were destroyed, 300,000 hectares of land blackened, 28 lives lost in South Australia and 47 lost in Victoria.  It was a devastating summer for the residents of the Adelaide Hills and symbolic of the dangers that lay beneath the beautiful Australian soil.

Years later I was a young teenager living in Adelaide.  The Hills became the location for ‘family drives’ that I hated on principle, being a teenager who was ‘too cool’ to spend a Sunday afternoon with her parents, but too young to get out of them.  As a young adult, the Adelaide Hills became part of my social life with annual camping trips in Harndorf, work retreats and easter Oakbank drinking sessions.

It is only now that I returned with a camera in my hand that I truly appreciate how beautiful the region is.  And autumn is particular stunning, with hues of red, orange and yellow lighting up the land like a landscape painting.

Through the lens, I enjoyed the Adelaide Hills ‘through new eyes’.








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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


  1. Thanks goes to Nomadic Samuel for tweeting a link that led me here.
    So glad I clicked ’cause what a treat I’ve found.
    1st photo in the line up is my fav.

    • I’m so glad you clicked as well and I’m happy you enjoyed what you found! I’m off to Kangaroo Island next week so I’m looking forward to having some more Australian shots to share with you 🙂

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