Thursday, September 5, 2013

Behind The Lens Lukey is now LDW Photography

Hi All,

I've got big news!

Behind The Lens Lukey has just been superseded by my new blog

I'd just like to say a big thank you to all of you who have followed and supported my travels and photography throughout the years.

If you still enjoy my photo's, I would love you to continue following my new blog/project LDW Photography.

Just hit the link and click the follow button.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on my new endeavor!



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Adelaide...Not Just A City Of Churches

Last weekend we ventured down to the quiet little city of Adelaide. Despite numerous warnings about it being merely just 'the city of churches' and little else, we were absolutely blown away by the city's friendly people, amazing food and wine, and the general charm of Adelaide and its surrounding areas.

We stayed on the south side of Radelaide's CBD and found ourselves within walking distance to loads of awesome places to eat, drink and be merry, including a superb little brekkie spot called Cafe Troppo, which rivals any of our favourite breakfast haunts here in Sydney.

If you don't mind your vino, 50 minutes south of the city is a sweet little vineyard circuit called McLaren Vale, which stunning views and proximity to the ocean will knock your socks off and have you clicking away at the camera non-stop. We spent the day "tasting" loads of great drops, minus the crowds of some other S.A's other wine hotspots. There are also a couple of great little brewery's located in the Vale for those who have a penchant for a couple of cold ambers.

Below are a few shots from our weekend in the very lovely Adelaide.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kangaroo Valley Surprise B'day Getaway

Last weekend I arranged a two pronged surprise for Nat's Birthday. Phase one was a long weekend getaway down to Kangaroo Valley. Phase two was a surprise attack by some friends on our last night. Both of which, I some how managed to pull off!

Kangaroo Valley is located two hours south of Sydney, and is known for its wine, produce and beautiful country-side. We stayed on a property located in the upper region of the valley called Nellsville, a beautifully newly-renovated farm house owned by a lovely couple named Les & Elizabeth.

Below are some photos from our little getaway to the valley and our explorations from around the region.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Long Weekend Loving

The great thing about long weekends, is that you feel like you've got more time for a bit of extra exploration than you would on your stock standard weekend. But after taking the scenic route down to Kiama (1.5 hours south of Sydney), we've realised that these little roadies are very realistic journey even on a normal weekend. 

If you're keen to get out of sydney for the week here are my four top tips for a southbound scenic session:

1:: Get off the freeway and hit the winding Sir Bertram Stevens Drive through the Royal National Park down to Stanwell Tops for a more scenic journey 
2:: Throw in the picnic provisions for a driver reviver on top of Bald Hill Headland at Stanwell Tops. The combination of the knockout coastal views and hang glider hotspot makes for a good spot for a pitstop 
3:: Walk across the Sea Cliff Bridge, the $52 million dollar off-shore bridge that links the coastal villages Coalcliff and Clifton. It's for good reason that this winding and windy piece of road is frequented by tourists, the views are world-class. 
4:: Grab some super-fresh seafood at Hunky Dory down at the port at Kiama. Despite what the Trip Advisor reviews say its a good feed. **hot tip** This seafood shop is run by some very passionate wildlife warriors, who feel very strongly about keeping the shores of Kiama plastic free. So BYO cutlery or be prepared to get down and dirty with your mits.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Vivid Sydney 2013

Last night we headed down to check out Vivid Sydney 2013. As always the light festival never fails to impress. The bridge and the Opera House were definitely the standout acts of the night. But for some reason the rest of the Quay seemed to be lacking a little in the lighting department compared to past years.

Vivid Sydney 2013 is certainly still worth checking out regardless. We live in a beautiful part of the world, and in such a knock-out city even without the annual light show. Always great for an evening stroll.

My three hot tips:

  1. Check out the Vivid Sydney 2013 on a school night. The weekends are likely to completely packed out, as Vivid finishes on the 10th June (next Monday)
  2. For a brilliant view of the entire Quay, climb upstairs to the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal for a beautiful, uncrowded view
  3. For a great cheap feed there is a great little place at the bottom left-hand-side of the Muesum Of Contemporary Art which does delicious $7 Lamb & Rosemary Hotdogs! #winning

Here are a few shots from Vivid Sydney 2013.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hanging In The Heights

Spent the weekend up in the mountains at my folks place a couple of weekend ago. You seriously can't beat a good weekend involving friends, family, plenty of food, booze and an overly active dog!

Here's a few shots from an amazing weekend in the heights.