Turon Gates, Capertree, Blue Mountains: A weekend getaway


Turon Gates-2Last week was the final week of school holidays so we packed up our gear and went camping. Well maybe not camping per se, it was more like ‘glamping’. Initially we had had every intention of going out and pitching tents but the day before we left we were inundated with torrential rain. Considering the overnight temperatures were also forecast to be around -2C, and with the thought of wet firewood and sodden grounds, I chickened out and suggested we stay in riverside cabins. The cabins themselves were both comfy and cozy and did not have a TV, radio or power points – the lights and the fridge ran on solar. Combustion heater inside, campfire outside the door, it ticked all the boxes for a relaxing 4 day getaway.

Turon Gates is just outside the tiny town of Capertree, about 45 minutes west of the Blue Mountains. I think we’ll be heading back there again in the spring.

Canon 7D | EF 24-105 & EFS 10-22 | Handheld | Post: Lightroom 4

The above featured image is 3 shot bracketed HDR I took handheld. All others have been processed as usual through Lightroom.

Click on one of them to see them in the larger gallery view. It was really pretty.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Great nature photography Distan!!! This place looks exquisite!! 🙂 **

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks Xandré, it was really pretty – particularly at sunset when those afternoon rays cast this warm, golden glow over everything.

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  2. I really like the warm and vibrant colours. Good job with the post processing 🙂

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you, Vincent. I really appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Too kind.

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  3. Leanne Cole says:

    YOu have some absolute crackers here Distan, I can wait to get back up the country. You have inspired me.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks, Leanne. It’s funny; I don’t really like the Australian palette of eucalyptus and sandstone – particularly in NSW. To my aesthetic, I find it pretty drab. This time though, the rolling hills of dried grasses and valleys of green, coupled with the late afternoon sunshine, looked really wonderful. It rekindled my interest and reminded me to open my eyes and mind again.

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      1. Leanne Cole says:

        I can understand that. Where my mother is, it is more red dirt, and very dry, so I am excited to get back there after seeing what you have done.

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  4. This really looks like a wonderful spot to just pitch the tent ( or be in a log cabin lol!)as you have mentioned and too really enjoy the beauty of nature, if a times a little chilly. I really like the theme of “trees” running through these wonderful images they create a cohesiveness to this collection of work. I hope you and the family have a great weekend. best regards, James

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks, James, and sorry to take so long to reply. I hadn’t even recognised that there was a theme of ‘trees’ happening there until you mentioned it! Appreciate your kind words again too.

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      1. You are more than welcome Distan and have a great weekend

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  5. Mike says:

    Your photos have inspired me to book a long weekend away in their cabins! We have been meaning to head deeper into the mountains and explore some more.

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Try the mountain cabins if your budget can stretch to it, Mike. Most of these shots came from the top of the hill which is where the mountain cabins are, rather than the river cabins – much more scenic. They’re dearer since they have TV, radio, power points etc but have the nicest outlook. The river cabins are more basic but are down in the valley. Either way, I’m sure you’ll have a great time. I think we’ll camp down there next time (when the weather warms up again).

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      1. Mike says:

        Thanks for the advice – they should pay you a commission 🙂

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  6. drawandshoot says:

    Those photographs sure make it look idyllic. Superb work as always!
    That first one is stunning!

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks, Karen. It was really pretty at the top of the hills; especially in that late afternoon sun. The views by the river (down in the valley) were not so picturesque – you are much more enclosed by the muted tones of eucalyptus trees.

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