50 Travel Photos Left On The Cutting Room Floor In 2017

This post was last updated on 2022 August 21

I ended 2017 with a big fat exclamation point by spraining my ankle while hiking to a really cool gorge (and then jumping 15 meters (50 feet) into a rock pool with said sprained ankle… but that’s a story for another blog post!). Anyway, it meant that I was house-ridden and alone for New Years Eve this year – quite a bummer when you happen to live in Sydney, host to the world’s most spectacular New Years Eve fireworks.

I threw myself a little pity party, then quickly got over it as I started going through all the photos I took at so many gorgeous places I explored this past year. Because how in the world can I be wallowing when I had such a phenomenal year overall?

I also realized that so many of my favorite photos somehow never made it onto the blog this year. I feel like this is just wrong, and that they deserve to be shown to the world.

So, my friends: here’s a selection of my favorite photos I took in 2017 that I haven’t already shared with you!


north bondi sydney
I turned 32 the day after moving to Bondi!

sunset bondi beach
Got hit with this stellar sunset the day of my grandma’s death.

bondi beach sydney
Bondi lookin’ all dreamy.

bondi to coogee walk
Mackenzies Bay, on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.

sunset bondi beach
Bondi sunset.

sydney harbour sup
Taking my new SUP board out for a spin at Watsons Bay.

bondi beach underwater photography
Bondi Beach on the clearest of days.

maroubra rubik's cube
Found a Rubik’s Cube on Maroubra Beach.

maroubra rock pool
Rock pools on the Coogee to Maroubra coastal walk.

rainbow bondi beach
Rainbow over Ben Buckler, in Bondi.

manly sunset
Sky caught fire while I was waiting for the ferry back from Manly.

aerial beach
Shot from the Mt. Tomaree summit in Port Stephens.

bondi beach sunset
Pastel skies at Bondi Beach.

sydney harbour from watsons bay
Sydney Harbour, you stunner.

sydney harbour sunset
Sunset from Dudley Page Reserve in Dover Heights.

beach sunrise sydney
Camped on the beach in Bouddi National Park and caught this sunrise.

hill inlet whitsundays
Hill Inlet in the Whitsundays: magical as ever.

whitsundays whitehaven beach
Just twirling around on Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays.

noosa sunset
Sunset over Noosa on a Sunshine Coast road trip.

paris streets
Picturesque flats on Rue Cremieux in Paris.

paris bridges
Bridges on bridges on bridges in Paris.

eiffel tower park
I loved the light and sun flare in this Eiffel Tower scene!

paris macarons
I generally preach that “if it’s not chocolate, it’s not worth it”… but I made an exception for these macarons and have no regrets!

paris ferris wheel
Just a ferris wheel in Paris.

eiffel tower photo op
Had to take this cliche shot with the Eiffel Tower while in Paris.

cinque terre view
I stayed in the village of Corniglia when I visited the Cinque Terre. So picturesque!

grotto di byron
Byron’s Grotto in Portovenere, Italy.

florence sunset
Sunset over Florence, Italy.

florence duomo
The Duomo slays, and I can’t stay away.

dolomites hike
Just after sunrise in the Dolomites = MAGIC.

dolomites lake
Auronzo di Cadore, aka “Twinkle-town” according to my Danish friend.

dolomites lake
Lago di Braies. Everyone seems to shoot this lake at sunrise, but I quite liked the bright blue color of the water at midday.

royal national park
Chill time at Wattamolla in Royal National Park.

garie beach sunset
Sunset at Garie Beach in Royal National Park.

royal national park figure 8 pool
This is just behind the famous Figure 8 pools and way prettier, IMO.

royal national park hike
Hiking the Royal National Park Coastal Track.

royal national park hike
Scenes from the RNP Coastal Track.

royal national park sunriseSunrise at the Figure 8 pool.

budawangs hike
Hanging out at the Budawangs: specifically on Pigeon House Mountain, where we sang “Total Eclipse of the Heart” to scare away the other hikers.

view from plane
Flying over central Australia en route to Bali: good God this country is stunning!

indonesia waterfall
Chasing waterfalls in Indonesia. This one’s near Kupang.

komodo diving
My first turtle-friend in Komodo!

komodo sunset
Sunset over Komodo National Park.

bondi beach photo
Super saturated Bondi Beach.

waterfalls near sydney
The water was absurdly cold, but we went in it to get the photos! This is near Macquarie Pass.

tamarama beach
I love hanging out on the rocks by Tamarama Beach.

sydney waterfall
Found this cool little pool and falls just outside Ku-ring-gai NP.

yoga in a cave
Just a little cave yoga on Caves Beach, Central Coast NSW.

bondi beach photos
This view of Bondi just never. gets. old.

bondi beach sunset
Caught this Bondi sunset with my iPhone 7 Plus!