Mirima National Park…

In the afternoon we drove into nearby Mirima National Park (commonly known as Hidden Valley National Park). After we arrived we took an easy sunset stroll into hidden valley. We were up at the lookout just in time for sunset and the view was lovely.

Mirima Glow

Mirima Glow

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/100 sec at f/11, ISO 4000

Mirima is a culturally significant place for the local Miriwoong people. For thousands of years the natural features of Mirima have attracted the local Aboriginal people.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 58 mm, 1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 1250

Unusual sandstone formations dominate the park (those unmistakable beehive style rock structures). These fascinating rock formations were deposited up to 350 million years ago and it is often referred to as a mini Bungle Bungle range.

Hidden From View

Hidden From View

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/11, ISO 360

It’s quite incredible that this spot is only a few hundred metres from civilisation. This is less than 2km from the centre of town! – it’s literally a 5 minute drive.

It also looked like it might be a decent spot for a little Milky Way action and star trailing… Of course :).

With the moon phase getting stronger each night, my opportunities for shooting the stars were diminishing each night. I’d definitely have to make best use of these dark skies as I could whilst I had the chance…