Cathedral Range State Park is my favourite place in the world, but my mediocre photography skills just don’t do it justice.

If you’ve been reading for a while, it won’t surprise you how much I love the place. I’ve written about hiking both the north and south circuits, the time I hiked there wearing a school dress (read the link before you judge), and even the time I proposed to my wife there.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve visited the place, so I’ve probably taken far more than 10,000 photos. It’s just that I’m not very good.

Surrounded by farmland on one side and the forests of the Acheron River Valley on the other, Cathedral’s craggy sandstone peaks jut upwards at intervals from the incredible Razorback Ridge. The 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires have left blackened tree trunks across the range, with bright green regrowth spreading across them as the years pass. From a distance, it looks like an incredibly difficult traverse, but up close you find the most interesting trail that takes you dodging and weaving through giant fallen boulders and upturned sandstone slabs. It’s a photographer’s dream.

So, worried that I might not be selling the place as well as I’d like with my own photos, I’ve taken to Flickr in search of some better ones to show you. It’s not as popular as you’d think with photographers (or at least not photographers who use Flickr), so there weren’t a whole lot to choose from, but these are five stunning photos that sum the place up very nicely indeed. At the very least, they’re a billion times better than any of mine.





Milky Way over Cathedral Range State Park
“Milky Way over Cathedral Range State Park” by Lisa West Photography




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