Australia – Old Buildings and Rural Landscapes

Australian Photography of old buildings and rural landscapes in Regional and Remote Australia.  Chasing the past, one picture at a time.

While the focus is old buildings, homes, farms and regional towns, the landscapes that surround them are also an important part of the story.

  1. NEW © Rust and Dust – Dec 2020 here
  2. © “Old Houses” Gallery here
  3. © “Landscapes and Seascapes” Gallery is available here.

Australian Photography has albums of early colonial and federation era houses, from ruins to renovated buildings… in some cases the structures are well preserved in locations that still have an active community and some local business.

Some Regional Towns and Cities are experiencing continued growth and prosperity.  They value their heritage architecture and 19th century streetscapes and are well positioned to maintain them.

Other towns and villages have been in decline since since the passing of the steam era or the great depression.  These places provide some of the most emotive photo opportunities, by way of ruins or rusting equipment and infrastructure.  These relics are a monument to the hard work, vision and confidence of early Australians.

The introduction of “super highways” that by-passed regional towns has further escalated the decline of many historic structures.  The possible upside may be that these places are now off the beaten track and have become time capsules of our pioneering past. In some, streetscapes have seen little change in the last 100 years or more.

The renaissance in the restoration of “Main Street” architecture in Regional Towns continues in places with an active business community and growing population.

Traveling in Regional and Remote Australia is still one of life’s great pleasures. The people are the friendliest on the planet, there aren’t any queues and not many Maccas either!

Many old houses and buildings are surrounded by stunning landscapes, so grab a camera and get out there, just remember to stay off the highways with their soulless “service centres”.

AUSTRALIA is an unspoiled Scenic Paradise… a great location to chase the past and take some uniquely Australian Photographs!

“Alone of all the races on earth, they seem to be free from the ‘Grass is Greener on the other side of the fence’ syndrome, and roundly proclaim that Australia is, in fact, the other side of that fence.” ― Douglas Adams

“The people are immensely likable— cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted, and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water. They have a society that is prosperous, well ordered, and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn’t get much better than this.” Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country

You will also find images here.

Silo Art Barraba NSW
Silo Art, Barraba NSW
Yongala Main Street, Sth Australia
Yongala Main Street, Mid North, South Australia
Silverton, Outback NSW
Silverton, Outback NSW. In 1893 the population was 3000, today it is about 50.

Australian Photography – Old Buildings and Rural Landscapes

Tag Cloud; Old Houses and Buildings, Australian Photography, Australian Photographs, Ruins, Federation Buildings, Colonial Buildings, Australian Landscapes, Early Australian Architecture, Nature, Regional Australia, Rural, 

  1. © “Old Houses” Gallery here
  2. © “Landscapes and Seascapes” Gallery is available here.
  3. © Flowers… here

Useful Links for further reading


  • Keith Conlon, Chair, South Australian Heritage Council. Bike rider, jazz drummer, history nut. Kindly tagged ‘Mr South Australia’ by locals, after 45 years in Adelaide media.
  • Adventure Motorcycle Travel Books by Sam Manicom
  • Artist, Web Designer, E-Magazines, Photographer: Michelle Dick
  • Australian Photography Magazine… here
  • Ann Britton Outback Photography here
  • The Outback Festival, Winton Queensland here
  • Travel Outback Australia – the locals guide to the Outback here
  • Sandra Coombe’s “One Place Study” of Boonah in the Queensland Scenic Rim here

All pictures published on this site are copyright 2007-2021, video may be shared content with acknowledgment.

7 Comments on Australia – Old Buildings and Rural Landscapes

  1. Peter, Yr photos are fantastic! The Aust Outback spirit of adventure, freedom, space. Looking fwd to yr next adventure! @wild_mag

  2. Been following your pictures for a few years, a great representation of Rural and Outback Australia.

  3. Brilliant #Outback #australian #photos 🙂 If u love #OZ images then @suggpixc is a must to follow 🙂 Laurence Bate ‏@laurencebate

  4. Amazing collection of iconic Australian buildings, you have seen a lot of the country. Really enjoy your work.

  5. I have seen some great pictures of closed railway stations on your posts over the years, how about putting them all in an online album. Love the history.

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