You are using an unsupported browser. It is recommended that you upgrade Internet Explorer to the latest version, to ensure this website displays as intended.

Roadtrip – The Northern Territory

 ©Kara Rosenlund Thought I would share my latest road trip with you, straight down the centre of the Northern Territory, Australia…. I couldn’t believe how fast and dramatic the landscape changed along the three day journey….. I have always wanted to visit the NT and of course Uluru, though flying into Alice Springs and driving out just didn’t feel right for me, I wanted a longer journey which made the reward – being Uluru, feel deserved….. If you have the chance to make the trip I would strongly recommend the drive from Darwin. There is just something silencing about a road trip; you set off with your head ablaze with city stresses and before long the landscape dissolves all the pressures….today’s post is a lengthy one, make yourself a cuppa and settle in….  … I arrived in Darwin and was welcomed by the winter heat in the air… I was keen to hit the road, so I headed straight out of Darwin down the Stuart Highway to Katherine for the night…. watching the landscape change in the light as I drove…  … passed many a ‘road train’ on the highway; some of the longest I have ever seen with numerous dogs – dogs is trucker talk for trailers – impressed? Some empty, some full of cattle. I found the truck drivers to be very considerate on the road, indicating and waving when it was safe to overtake and giving a friendly ‘Hoy’ hello when passing in the opposite direction, in actual fact there was so much ‘hoying’ happening on the highway my index fingers were feeling the strain of the kindness….  …. what I love most about road tripping is when you see something you want to take a shot of or take a closer look at you just can pull over – hence this herd of curious brahman lining the highway in parts….     … driving into Katherine on dusk; the ghost gums almost glowed against the back burnt scrub… … and then on to Tennant Creek…. old gems like these make my heart sing; original old establishments lost in time…  … back on the road for sunrise…. watching the electric colours of the dry grass alight whizz by, framed by the car window….  … I like looking out for quirky things along the way; something unexpected, something that makes you realise that within the vast open country activity is happening…     … then after three days of driving the colour palette of the land intensified and I realised I was in the heart of Australia, in the red desert… I had arrived…  … I was very fortunate to stay at Longitude 131; I had always wanted to stay here, for years and years. I would see shots in magazines of the luxury tents nestled in the sand dunes of the desert and rip out the pages and stick them onto my mood boards. Their timeless nature really stayed with me, immersed in the wilderness with views of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. I had promised myself that if I ever had the chance to make the journey to Uluru I would make the most of it by staying at Longitude 131… who wouldn’t want to wake up to Uluru… … each tent plays a visual narrative; homage to a notable pioneering Australian who has had a significant impact and challenged Australia’s vast interior; either through exploration, anthropology or indigenous rights, including Edward John Eyre, John O’Hara Bourke and William John Wills, John McDouall Stuart, Ernest Giles, William Christie Goss, Sir Sydney Kidman, John Flynn, Jane Webb, Bill Harney, Len Tuit, EJ Connellan, Ian and Lyn Conway, Peter Severin, Olive Pink and Bill King… impressive line up…  … the interiors of the each of the tents are very considered…. lots of framed handwritten letters and paper ephemera matching the unique person of whom the tent is named. This particular tent was named after Ernest Giles, the Australian explorer…. and given the style and layout of Longitude 131 you really feel as though you are a little bit of an explorer – discovering the undiscovered… … nothing was overlooked at Longitude 131…. even the colour palette of the furnishing and […]


Print Sales Launch

©Kara Rosenlund I’m extremely happy to announce that I have made available a small selection of my favourite recent photographs available for purchase…. including the above print a personal favourite  ‘Wild Horses’…. which is about to be hung in my hallway at home. If you are interested head on over to my shop click here. They are available in two sizes – 20x30in and 11x14in, signed and handled by me, unframed for easy postage and printed on archival rag paper. Enjoy K x  


SA Vignette Class THIS SUNDAY

©Kara Rosenlund South Australia friends…… The School are in town in Adelaide with their Road Show consisting of lot of exciting classes which I am part of. If you would like to learn the language of Vignettes then please come along. I share all I know doused with my tips and tricks to build a beautiful and strong still life. There are still a couple of tickets left for Sunday from 3pm til 5.30pm at The Props Department, 12 Logan street Adelaide, SA. To book please pop on over to The School’s website See you there K x P.S This has now sold out – thank you very much x


The Design Files

….. What a day…… I’m featured on The Design Files today….. Australia’s most popular design blog you know… and to me TDF is my loyalist and most loved friend when it comes to blogland; you know the girlfriend who is always ahead of the pack, the cool chick with the great haircut, the one that tells you where we should eat lunch today and whether or not your shoes really do look weird with your new jeans…. well, to me The Design Files is that girlfriend… and I am beyond delighted to be featured today… It sure is a Good Friday! K x


Postcards from the Road – How and Where Australians Live

  ©Kara Rosenlund Postcards from the Road – ‘How and Where Australians Live’….. thought I would stop in and say ‘Happy Easter’ and share a few new shots from my adventures on the road travelling around Australia. I’m actually spending  Easter on a remote sheep station in the Flinders Ranges and then into the dessert…. ohmy, can’t wait! I’m still looking for all sorts of interesting forms of authentic or unusual Australian shelters to visit for my project (click here for more information)  – huts, shacks, cottages, stations or just plain damn beautiful interiors. If you have seen it, I would love to see it too! Email me Happy Easter and you can follow along here on the adventure through instagram K x  


Vignette Class SYDNEY

  ©Kara Rosenlund Sydney…. I’m coming to visit you this week to share all I know on the subject of the ever popular Vignette….. throwing bits and pieces together is never as easy as it looks and I will share with you how I build my vignettes and let you in on all my tips and tricks to the perfectly balanced image! Come along to Megan Morton’s The School which is the venue for the two classes this week = one am and one pm! Spaces are limited – so get in fast. $120 per ticket. Visit to book or click here :: 10th April 2014 6.00 pm til 8.30pm at The School, 85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery :: 12th April 2014 10am til 12.30pm at The School, 85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery Be there or be square! K x  



©Kara Rosenlund Thought I would check in with a quick little post. I’m still here in beautiful Tasmania; shooting interiors for the project I’m working on and loving every second… one thing I can’t believe is how hot is has been… move over Queensland, hellllloo ‘Sunshine State’ Tasmania…. so much so I had to nip out to buy some new sleeveless tops seriously… and I now have a ‘truckers arm‘ suntan on my drivers arm… autumn you are crazy! More soon! K x


Zaza Part Two

  ©Kara Rosenlund AH, Zaza… a lot of people have been wondering what ended up happening with the little lost chicken I found a few weeks back which I called Zaza perhaps Tina Turner would of been more appropriate with her feathers. Click here if you misses the tale. Well, after the social media frenzy on Facebook and instagram and here on the blog, the husband Timothy O printed out old school posters and stuck them to lamp posts in the area where I found Zaza…. still nothing… then the local paper called up to do an interview about the lost chicken ohmy, I felt a little embarrassed about that… though still nothing… Then after a few days of the article going out we heard. Zaza’s parents were found and she was reunited with her folks and chicken sisters….. what a tale…. Thank you to all those who helped spread the word! Much Love, K x  



©Kara Rosenlund I’m currently banging this post out in my hotel room in Hobart… I quickly dashed back from Tasmania to the Sunshine Coast last week to style a beautiful clients wedding. I couldn’t wait to share these quick shots with you from the weekend at Yandina Station on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Because I love circles so much I came up with this idea to have an oversized wreath behind the bride and groom…. both as a symbol of love and also as a floral eye catcher….   … … I asked Twig and Grace to create this incredible feast for the eyes…. roses, hydrangeas, magnolia leaf, pepper berry …. the list goes on…. so many beautiful floral fragrant notes in one room… very heady indeed….     … lots of personal touches were added everywhere throughout the ceremony and reception, like these name banners by Lulu Lucky to make every guest, both family and friend, feel very special and loved…. Ah, weddings, you sure do make me gush! K x  


Hello Tasmania

©Kara Rosenlund   ©Kara Rosenlund Tasmania… I’m coming down for a visit… a rather long visit actually… one of those visits where you only book a one way flight and you come home when your work is done….gulp…. I’m visitng Tasmania for two reasons. One is for tomorrow evening’s ‘Vignette Class’ with The School at The Drill Hall in New Norfolk, where I am sharing all my knowledge on how I throw my bits together to create beautiful vignettes…. the second reason is to find authentic Australian interiors for a project I’m working on… oyster shacks, lighthouses, cottages, ruins… the list keeps going – if you know anyone who you think I should get in touch with I would love to hear about them. Email me: I’m off to air out the winter woolies and layers for the trip… on a very sticky and humid Queensland sunny day! K x


February Fete

Ah, Saturday, you were grand… we had the February Fete with ceramist Kylie of Paper Boat Press at her shop/gallery over at Ashgrove, Brisbane…. my gosh, was it a crazy busy day… these lovely shots on the blog were actually not captured by me this time I was a little busy wrapping and packing and hanging out with lovely customers… they were shot by the talented Ashley Oostdyck – thank you Ash x … a few weeks ago while chatting over a glass or three of red wine Kylie and I decided we should do something together, a collaboration of sorts; we came up with a ‘february fete’, where I bring my caravan Frankie over to her studio/shop and we ‘bang out our wares’ so to speak; my old wares and Kylie’s handmade ceramics; we put it out there through our social media avenues and come Saturday morning we both really didn’t know how it was going to pan out…. eeeekk … let’s just say that the power of local community is where it is at…. Ashgrove – who would of thought! We were both so overwhelmed by everyone who came out to see us and to take part in the little suburban fete….it felt like a really good party… seriously and I have been to a lot of parties in my time….there were so many familiar faces and so many new faces too….. lots of laughter, music and excitement…the buzzing corner block literally went off… …. thank you so much to all who came out to see us… we are going to plan another one for later in the year…it really was that much fun …. sometimes good things do come from having a few too many glasses of wine with friends…. Love Local! K x  



©Kara Rosenlund So… whatcha doing this Saturday?….. Well, I’m keeping it local by heading over to my friend Paper Boat Press’s shop/gallery with Frankie the caravan…. we are teaming up to put on an old school fete….. I’m going to be spilling out on to the sidewalk with all of my beautiful old wares and Paper Boat Press will have her stunning ceramic pieces inside the gallery…. Come on over if you are in the ‘good hood’…. there will be old fashion coconut ice and ‘pull your teeth out’ toffee too! Fete Fun K x



Kara Rosenlund is an Australian photographer, stylist, storyteller, adventurer and author.

Her love for authenticity and adventure is celebrated through her photography. She is passionate about Australia and how we all live within its vast landscape. Kara photographs and shares her visual stories from her adventures, inspired by the everyday people and landscapes she encounters.

Her first hardcover interiors book, Shelter - How Australians Live, will be published in October, 2015.

Above all else Kara is a lover of all things real. She shares her humble life through her Blog, Facebook and Instagram.

Read more »

Get onboard and join our newsletter!

× Nah I’m cool