New England Winter Hike in Fog & Light

I spent two days on a solo winter hike throughout New England National Park, near Armidale in Northern NSW, Australia.

I was expecting cold weather with some light rain, but was mesmerised when I arrived early the first morning to a beautiful, thick, freezing blanket of fog and cloud that enveloped the forest in a dream-like state.

With the distraction and mess of the forest hidden behind a white curtain I was able to find and focus on small pockets of soft light breaking through the green canopy and bringing small details to life.

Fog is one of the few environmental conditions I love photographing more than overcast or rainy skies since it truly creates an atmosphere that can’t be experienced any other way.

After my morning hike along Tea Tree Falls track I returned to camp for lunch and headed up to Point Lookout to start the Eagles Nest track loop which was even more epic in heavy cloud.

The Eagles Nest track also loops right around to Weeping Rock, which is an area I’ve visited before and was absolutely blown away by the scale and surrealism of the rocks and alcove.

That night I returned to camp early since the fog and cloud cover guaranteed no view from the lookout and I was expecting freezing temperatures overnight.

I woke well before first light to an ice covered tent, -1°C temps and the sucking chill of the air could be felt in my bones.

Fortunately the clear skies and cool air had suppressed much of the cloud and fog into the valleys below so I had an exceptionally clear and beautiful sunrise above the clouds from Point Lookout.

Returning home I am instantly reminded how comfortable coastal living is in the warm air that felt summerly compared to the breath of the highlands.

Winters always bring out the best in Australia’s dry and wet forests when you venture inland away from the coast, I can’t wait to come back here yet again for another trip.

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Jeremy Billett

Jeremy is a passionate landscape photographer based in Australia sharing his experiences on location and photographing remote and wilderness areas.

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