The most beautiful places to visit in Australia and New Zealand

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Photographer Ash James spent months travelling through Australia and New Zealand, photographing the coastline, wildlife and pockets of nature found across the two countries. These are his favourite corners he found on his travels.

‘I first visited Melbourne in 2018, and was immediately drawn to the juxtaposition of old and new architecture in the city; beautiful Victorian buildings surrounded by modern skyscrapers. My girlfriend and I moved out there in 2019, and as I explored more of the surrounding countryside, I fell in love with the wildlife and vast green landscapes, and with driving the Great Ocean Road. Wanting to capture nature is what got me into photography in the first place. Now I love to shoot unusual compositions that best depict my personal experience of the subject captured – my favourite shot in this series is of the kangaroos jumping away from the camera in unison. Meanwhile, New Zealand is one of my favourite places I’ve ever photographed – I specifically remember being lost for words at some of the scenery I came across. The South Island is absolute top of my list of places to go back to next.’

Keep scrolling to see the most beautiful pictures of these pretty places to visit.

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    The Twelve Apostles in Australia

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    Roadside Koala taken on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia

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    Travelling from Queensland to Melbourne, Australia

  • Sea Through the Trees taken in Portsea, Australia

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    Unseen at Twelve pictured at the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone towers near the Great Ocean Road in Australia

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    Kangaroos in Woodlands Historic Park, Australia

  • The Morning Mist photographed on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

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    Up taken near the Great Ocean Road, Australia

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    Portsea Paraglider photographed near the Mornington Peninsula town of Porstea, just outside Melbourne in Australia

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    Heide – a tree pictured at the Heide Museum, an art museum in Bulleen, a suburb of Melbourne in Australia

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    Kangaroos in Woodlands Historic Park, over 700 hectares of parklands in Australia

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    Trees in Woodlands Historic Park, Australia

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    Stake Out – a fox in the trees photographed near the Twelve Apostles in Australia

  • A view from the window on route from Queensland to Melbourne, Australia

  • Sunrise, travelling from Queensland to Melbourne, Australia

    The prettiest places in New Zealand

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    Fern Under taken in The Catlins, a rugged area of New Zealand’s South Island

  • A beach in New Zealand’s The Catlins

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    Mountain Cloud taken high above Queenstown in New Zealand

  • The moon in the Waikawa Valley, New Zealand

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    The sea in The Catlins, New Zealand

  • Mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand

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    Countryside near Queenstown, New Zealand

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    Forest Fern pictured in The Catlins, New Zealand

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    A jungle bridge in The Catlins, New Zealand

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    Nevis – the Nevis bungy jump highwire in New Zealand

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