There are a lot of people in the world who love to travel and I am certainly one of them. I love to see an amazing sunset or sunrise or a gorgeous building towering over the city however lately, I want more than that, I want to be a part of a local’s lifestyle. I want to eat, live, work like them. I want to see what it is like to be different from me. It is true, I have always been a lover of people and always interested in other cultures. But now I want more. I want to show you all how amazing our differences and similarities are by living the life!

For at least ten years I have had the goal of swimming with the Whale Sharks in Western Australia. I have been putting it off year after year to make my way to Europe but this year I decided I would use my frequent flyer points and book this trip. The human element in my trip was missing so I started researching the Exmouth area to see if there were any other experiences ‘up for grabs’ where I could learn about what it was like to live in a very remote part of Western Australia. I read a beautiful article written about the Shallcross Family who run Bullara Station and I was hooked! I sent Edwina Shallcross an email about wanting to capture their lifestyle at the Homestead and Bullara Station and I was welcomed with open arms!

So what is life like on the Station for the Shallcross Family?

Bullara Station is 86km from Exmouth and about 60km from Coral Bay (both small towns). The Shallcross Family offer camping grounds and modern self contained accommodation in addition to farming cattle and sheep. I have been assured that I was seeing the Station at its best as there had been lots of rain and the vegetation was lush! If I couldn’t see the rich red dirt I would have questioned whether I was in the Outback! I visited in early June and although it was the best time for the weather it was not the best time to see the workers on the land as they were not mustering cattle and the sheep had just left the station a few weeks earlier. There were however some adorable brown and white lambs in the paddocks near the shearing shed to keep me satisfied.

Here are some things I learnt from my stay at Bullara Station.

*Preparation is key when you live so far from amenities. Groceries are ordered online each week which are delivered via courier to Bullara Station each week.

*There is also food at the Station with chickens providing eggs and a vegetable garden but this highly dependant on the weather. 

*The kids take a bus to school and travel 3 hours a day.

*There are two very friendly sheep who wander the Camping areas and Shearing Sheds and are called Brownie and Snowflake.

*Two horses also roam the camping areas and are dearly loved by the Shallcross girls, Olivia, Lucy and Mimi.

*Almost every night ‘Damper John’ creates a delicious Damper over the campfire for all guests to enjoy.

*The outdoor showers are amazing – looking up at the sky and seeing the trees overhead – there is a sense of peace and freedom as you enjoy the water running over you.

*Dinner each night is enjoyed at the Homestead around a big table with the workers from the Station.

*The Shallcross Family will join guests for drinks around the campfire at night or as the sun sets over the sand dunes.

*Running around barefoot is commonplace for the Shallcross girls.

*A mud puddle created by a lot of rain in the previous weeks become a haven for butterflies, a drink bowl and bath for the horses and a big playground for the kids and their friends.

*The sunrises and sunsets in the Outback are unmatched, just amazing and different every day!

*The number of stars at night – I lost count at 3,679 ;).

*Lying in a hammock after a big lunch and enjoying the 27 degree weather in the shade – priceless!

*Whilst I was there, Tim Shallcross worked hard on fixing machinery, fixing up shrubs that had fallen in cyclone in March and creating new cattle yards. He was also busy teaching new station workers.

*The shearing sheds are over 100 years old and have just survived another cyclone!

*A special mention goes out to April, Edwina’s mum who fed me each day with delicious and wholesome meals!  Also a big thanks goes to Damper John for taking me out to see the Exmouth Gulf on the property with the red crabs, the sting ray sand imprint and watching the cows, including a newborn with its Mama.

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Have you ever wondered what life in the outback town of Broken Hill is like? Tami & Rob were there for a while and they wanted some photos to remember their time in this character filled town as they have now moved to Canberra to start new jobs. Over 5 days we travelled all over town and into the further regions with a stop at the iconic Silverton to watch Rob compete in a mountain bike race and a visit to Menindee Lakes and the historic woolshed. We also found out that the local grocery store thinks that Corn Chips should be located in the Corn only section!! (haha). There are many trendy/hispter cafes – we went to two of them and their food and drinks were amazing! Yes, you heard that right, I was in the Outback! On the first night I watched Tami referee an AFL game. I fell in love with all the rusty old fences, the peeling paint on doors and buildings and the rustic feel of the all the mining structures. When we headed out of town we saw emus everywhere! The sunrises, sunsets and views of the night skies were amazing! But the most fun was getting my shoes dirty with some real red dirt in the creek beds we explored! I loved being a part of Tami and Rob’s life and capturing what they love about Broken Hill. If you live in a place you think I would love to explore and you would like your photos taken then please let me know, Lifestyle Portraiture is my favourite type of shooting! And it can be anywhere in the world!!

Links to some of the places you might be interested in: The Caff  /  Bells Milk Bar  / AFL NSW  / Menindee Lakes  /  Kinchega Historic Woolshed  /  S-Que Resturant  /  The Palace Hotel  / Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club  /  Silverton  /  Living Desert and Sculptures  /  Sulphide Street & Historic Museum  / Junction Mine  /

 

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The sun decided to make an appearance for Kate and Nigel’s wedding rather than the predicted rain so we were all very relieved as we had some amazing locations for photos and for the ceremony. Kate and Nigel have been living in New Zealand for many years and so it was a wonderful time to reunite with friends and family on this mild autumn day in Newcastle. Nerves turned into adrenalin and the whole day was filled with excitement and words of long-lasting commitment!  One of the most amazing details from the day were the shawls worn by Kate and her bridesmaids. There are hundreds of hours of work and thousands of beads in each shawl!!

Bride’s dress: Sally Eagle Bridal / Hair Artist & Make-up: Chic Artistry / Celebrant: John Scanlon / Music: Aubrey / Cars: Absolute Vintage Cars / Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes / Groom’s suit: Harford Menswear / Venue: The Newcastle Club / Bridesmaids dresses: Weddington Way / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Cake: Hello Naomi / Jewels: Family heirlooms

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