EXPLORE OUR BACKYARD
Tourist season provides a snapshot of the Burnett
MATT Williams is no stranger to adventure.
The intrepid traveller and 4WD enthusiast quit his day job four years ago to pursue his passion for photography full-time.
The freelance photographer is now living the dream, getting paid to visit some of the best locations both at home and abroad.
He’s been lucky enough to drive some of the most legendary 4WD tracks Australia has to offer, documenting his journeys in the hope that it will encourage others to do the same.
This month, Matt trekked through our region on assignment for Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism to build awareness of the district as an off-roading destination.
Very few Aussies have seen as much of Australia as he has, and Matt delivered a glowing endorsement of the “hidden gems” in Burnett’s backyard.
Matt is happiest when he’s discovering places that most people don’t get to see, and says the rich history and natural beauty of the North Burnett rivals that of anywhere in Australia.
“There are many parts of Australia that only a very small percentage of our population will ever get to see,” he said.
“A lot of travellers spend their time straight up and down the Bruce Highway.
“My job is to help drag more people off the beaten track to find out what places like the North Burnett have to offer.”
As a keen off-roader, he’s already ticked many of the country’s epic road trips off his bucket list.
The Canning Stock Route through the Kimberley, the Gunbarrel Highway, Flinders Ranges, the Simpson Desert and Cape York – he’s done them all.
His latest expedition took him to Mount Walsh, Utopia Falls, Coongara Rock, Mingo Crossing and Cania Gorge, stopping in all the North Burnett’s major towns on the way.
He believes the resurgence in popularity of SUVs is evidence that an increasing number of people want to be a part of the off-road lifestyle, a market the North Burnett is well-positioned to tap into.
“The region has so much to offer,” Williams said.
“Many of these locations are still relatively unknown and need to be put on the map.
“There are so many little gems, like Wuruma Dam and Mingo Crossing, it’s just about finding them.”
Thanks to the incredible images of his trip, Matt hopes to expose more people to our region, promoting it as a tourist destination in its own right.
“It’s really good to discover and explore these areas close to home,” he said. “People spend a lot of time and a lot of money travelling overseas and they ignore some of the most amazing sites in our very own backyard.”
Check out Matt’s website: www.mattwilliamsphotography.com.
TOP OF THE WORLD: Matt takes in the view at Cania Gorge National Park. INSETS: What our beautiful region has to offer.
PAINTED SKIES: A beautiful sunset at Mingo Crossing.RIGHT: The rolling hills on Utopia Rd make for a scenic drive to Mount Walsh National Park. What W a spot! By the water’s edge ed at Mingo Crossing.
Incredible drone image of Mount Walsh on a foggy morning.
Landscape photographer Matt Williams.