About Us

awildland.blogspot.com.au is a collaborative blog space for Caz and Chrissy. Its aim is to showcase the wild side of Australia. Caz is the photographer and Chrissy writes the stories. Together, we hope this blog will foster an awareness of the remarkable value of our natural world as well as inspire people to consider exploring their own wild land.  

Originally based on the north coast of NSW a lot of the stories on this page focus on the beautiful landscape found there. However, in December 2014 we set off to explore wild places across the country. Our main focus is wilderness walking but you will also find us pack rafting, white water rafting, mountain bike touring, canyoning and camping - anything that gets us out there! Some of our stories have appeared in magazines including Wild, Australian Geographic, Great Walks, and Bushwalk Australia emag while Caz's photos now grace information boards and brochures for tourism bodies, NPWS and other government departments. 

The blog page gives just a small taste of our experiences in each location and further photos and information are available upon request. Please feel free to contact us regarding any of the places shown on our blog page or if you are interested in working with us in any way.

email: awildland [at] gmail [dot] com

You can also follow us on Google Plus and Facebook

All images and words are copyright of Caz and Chrissy. It is illegal to sell, copy, or distribute these images without permission. We thank you for your help in respecting the copyright of our work. 



Caz and Chrissy

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Craig Fardell & Christina Armstrong



Craig has been photographing wild and remote places for more than 20 years since beginning his adventures in the high country of the Barrington Tops as a teenager and later working as a whitewater rafting and adventure guide for 15 years. His photographs have been used used by National Parks NSW and several other government departments as well as state and local tourism bodies. He has also been published in magazines including Wild and Great Walks. 



Christina began her writing career as a newspaper journalist before working extensively in public relations in both Australia and the UK. Her adventure stories have been published in regional newspapers as well as Australian magazines including Wild, Great Walks, Australian Geographic and Scuba Diver. She is also a published and award winning writer in the genres of fiction and poetry and holds an MA in Creative Writing. 




13 comments:

  1. Hi Craig and Christina. Lovely pic and great blog :) Glad I found it and looking forward to exploring it.

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Julie. We hope you enjoy the pictures and stories on awildland. We recognised that your drawings are of the Vintage Nest in Bello !...so most of the places on our blog are right on your doorstep :) Thanks again. Craig and Christina.

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  2. What camera are you using Craig? Some great shots.

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    1. Hi John, Caz here. I use a Canon EOS 550D. I've always used Canons and always been happy with them. A good shot also needs a good lens, good glass (this is one of the most important things for image quality).

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  3. Really lovely stuff guys - words and pictures. I can't wait to sit down and read it all.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Caro! Hope you enjoy the blog when you get a chance.Lots of lovely stuff up here on the North Coast.

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  4. Hi guys! I was so stoked to come across your blog while searching for info on the peak at the Nymboida and Mann Rivers Junction, that, thanks to you guys, I have found out is called Munningyundoo Point or Devil's Tombstone. I've often thought of breaking up a paddle with a hike up there and was wondering if you could point me in the right direction to getting further info on this hike?
    Thanks heaps!
    Dean

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    1. Hi Dean, so sorry we haven't replied earlier but are glad you got in touch. The walk up to Devils Tombstone is a great way to break up a river trip. There is no marked path and a topographical map may be useful for you in finding the best route up. Essentially, it is a matter of starting at the south-western corner of the junction of the Mann and Nymboida Rivers, walking up the ridge and keeping fairly central, with a gully to your left and the Mann River to your right. It has been some time since we have climbed it but certainly it wasn't a technical climb, just some scrambling once you reach the first band of rocks (keep right and you come up the back of the main outcrops). Spectacular views from up there! I don't think there is any other info on this hike. The Ulitarra Society in Coffs Harbour list it in their 1989 'Making Tracks' booklet of walks but give even less detail than we have written here!! Good luck.

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  5. Hello,
    I'm excited to find your blog, we live in Newcastle and I am always looking for a new walk to do but the national parks website has terrible and often wrong info!

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    1. Hi Meg. We are also glad you found our blog because it means we have found your blog. Looks like you do a lot of fantastic travelling. Newcastle is a great spot to be based - Barrington Tops, Goulburn River, Woko, great coastline - so much stuff close at hand. And always try the OEH website rather than the glossy National Parks website. Go to http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks - as they have more practical information. Another good spot is the Bushwalk Forum if you haven't found it yet. Also try and get a hold of Greg Powells old book (as mentioned in our Mt Royal blog post) which has some great walks in the Hunter Valley.

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    2. Great! Thanks for the tips!

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  6. Hello,
    Love your blog :) Random question - any chance you were camped at Mt Feathertop on Thursday 15th January??
    Louise & Red

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    1. Hi Louise & Red. It was us camped on Mt Feathertop on the 15th January!! It was the tent that gave us away, wasn't it! We've sent you a reply to your email. Cheers and keep on adventuring.

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