This is a blog containing random thoughts and photos on a variety of subjects that are often to do with the outdoors and nature. I am a bushwalker with a passion for exploring the wilderness of the Blue Mountains and other places. As well as bushwalking, I spend time canyoning, rock climbing, ski touring, cycling and pack rafting. On most of my trips I take a camera and try and record the beauty of the places I visit. I am also interested in the natural world and like photographing wild flowers, birds and wild animals. A more recent interest is the photography and study of fungi and slime moulds.

For information about me you can read this blog interview

I can be contacted directly by email – dnoble(at)ozemail.com.au

25 Responses to About

  1. matt says:

    David, what a great website/blog!! As a hack photographer your photos inspire me to get and shoot. 15 years ago a friend and I travelled to New Zealand for 2 months. We traveled around camping and hiking. In Jan-March my wife and I will be flying from Canada to Auckland to start a new adventure. While there I hope to take lots of images.
    What camera/lenses do you bring with you on your trips? What is the best way to carry your gear while hiking? Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.



    • Dave Noble says:

      Thanks for your comments. Cameras – it varies. Often take a DSLR (Canon 550D body) and a variety of lenses (10-22mm, 17-55mm and 70-200mm) and sometimes a tripod. Pack them in dry bags (e.g. Sea to Summit ones). I have been using a small Olympus XZ1 lately – and I have been very impressed with its lens.


  2. Cathy says:

    Hi David,

    Are you the David Noble who discovered the Wollemi Pine in 1994??

  3. Rifat Ansary says:

    Hi Sir,

    Having recently started rock climbing, it was a pleasure to run into your site. Amazing photos by the way.


  4. Suzanne says:

    Hi Dave, GREAT blog!!! I’m Suzanne from Adelaide, I searched the Travers-Sabine Circuits on line and then I found your blog, and then I traced here!! I did a very good reading of your 9 days hiking in Travers-Sabine Circuits because I want to go there during X’mas time, can I ask how well it is marked? I went to overland track this new year, and how does it compare to the overland? Could you pls give me some advices? Really appreciate!!!!
    Looking fwd to your reply!!

    • Dave Noble says:

      The Travers-Sabine is a great walk – and very well marked – probably almost as good as the Overland Track. You need to go over one high pass (Travers Saddle) – which I don’t think is too hard to climb from the Travers side. Then a steep descent (a lot on scree) down the Sabine side. Watch your knees for this. Nice huts and beautiful mountains.

  5. Grant says:

    Hi David

    Just received the latest edition (SEPT/OCT) Aust Geo Outdoor.

    I liked Chris Ord’s section “skills” focusing on canyoning.

    BTW I do enjoy your website posts and images they have kept me inspired over this long wet winter!

    I have one question for you, do you use a thermometer when canyoning?

  6. jo says:

    W-O-W-Z-I-E! i happened across your site/photographs when searching for landscapes that relate to my writing. i must admit that you have a plethera of photographic documentation that is absolutely inspiring!!!! but, actually, i’d really like to own a BOOK of your photographs – do you have one published? are you planning on publishing one soon?
    thanks & blessed-be, jo

  7. gemma wadey says:

    Hi David,
    Wow, what a website. The photos and text are inspiring. I’ve just moved to Australia with my partner. We’re living in Moss Vale and trying to get out as much as possible. However I new country is hard to figure out in terms of access, permits, surveys. I know it maybe ridiculous but do you know who we could get in touch with for access to Colong cave and where do people get rigging info for the canyons around the Blue Mountains? We’re both cavers and mountaineers back home and wherever life may take us but aren’t really sure where to start here. Do the canyons really look that colourful here? Your photos make the landscape look incredible!
    Thanks for a fantastic motivating website to get us out into the wilds. Do you see your photos too? Gemma Wadey

  8. ryan armstrong says:


    Thanks for the site.

    I’m an avid rock climber and will be moving to Sydney soon and would like to do some winter climbing in the blue mountains. Is there much to climb, say in July, in the blue mountains in the winter or do most people wait out the winter and climb indoors?


    • Dave Noble says:

      Most Blue Mountains is done in the warmer months, but it can still be done in winter. Some crags get the sun and are warm. The standard Blue Mts climbing guidebook has a chart showing which crags get the sun for certain times of the day. Also – if you are in Sydney, then there are quite a few local crags that are good in winter, and a lot of climbers head south to Nowra (2 hours south of Sydney) for great sports climbing. Indoor climbing – during the evenings and wet days.


  9. madeleine says:

    hi david,

    big fan of all your online information regarding canyoning and we use it often. we’re planning on doing galah canyon this weekend, and have read the track notes. however at the exit, is the exit on the left or the right do you recall?

    this would be useful to know if you can recall.

    many thanks,

    • Dave Noble says:

      It is possible to climb out either left (downstream) or right (upstream) from the end of the canyon. But the “usual” exit is now to go upstream (right) about 200m to a pass. The pass is steep and involves an exposed section where you used a fixed rope to pull yourself up a section. You can see this rope from the bottom. Then you head back up the creek for a bit (stay under the upper cliff line at first) – and then cross the creek and climb up a log to get up the upper cliff line. Or you can reverse the upper part of the canyon till you can climb out.

  10. marty says:

    Hello David, also love your website and the photos. I am planning to mount my 3rd climb of Pantoney’s Crown in May. On previous occasions I have climbed from the northern end up through a pass just east of the point. This time I am thinking of camping up there and of climbing up via the southern pass. Your 2008 GPS trail seems to show the southern access as being west of the southern point? Would you be able to share GPS coords of the bottom of this southern pass? Alternatively a few pointers to finding where to start. Hoping you can help. Many thanks. Marty

    • Dave Noble says:

      Marty – Thanks for your comments! I don’t have the gps file any more – but the southern pass is easy to find (a lot easier than the northern one) – you go to the southern point, then walk around the western side – about 50 m or so – till you get to a very steep gully. It may be marked by a cairn? Anyway – look out for lots of skuffle – caused by the passage of other bushwalkers. Scramble up the gully, easy at first, then slightly right – up a steep slab, then left a bit more up a corner (pass packs here) – to a ledge. You can go up from here, or easier – through a hole on the left follow a ledge for a bit – then up easier slopes to the top. This pass is steep and does involve scrambling – exposed a bit in places, but I think it is generally easier than the northern pass – you don’t have to wander around as much. Enjoy your walk.


  11. iain says:

    Hey David,

    Man your one well traveled dude!

    Its really inspiring for me anyway seeing the places you’ve been and seen.

    I have done a few trips up the blue mountains and down to Tassie as well but the way you portray yours through your albums is like something else. Seriously.

    Keep up the good work man and thank you for sharing

    kind regards


  12. Julie Banks says:

    Hi David,

    Your photography is awe inspiring. Did you once work at the RBG? Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    • Dave Noble says:

      Hello Julie. Thanks for your kind comments. I did once work at the RBG – as a casual teacher in the education section (then a demountable classroom). This was around 1980.

  13. Tim Funnell says:

    Hi David

    I’ve been reading about some of your awesome adventures and was wondering if you’ve got an email address or contact I can ask you some questions direct?


  14. Carl Ramirez says:

    Were you one of my science teachers at Randwick Boys’ High School?

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