Our great land has always driven a sense of exploration, a real curiosity of what lies beyond the sea, over the ridge
or across the desert. This curiosity and drive of discovery, led Matthew Flinders to be the first to circumnavigate our distant land between 1801–1803. Whilst he didn’t coin the phrase, he would have been one of the first people to really understand that Australia is “girt by sea”. Fast forward 215 years, and with most of us thinking that people have pretty much done all they can to discover modern Australia, along came Tony and Denis. Their vision to circumnavigate Australia by plane was born, firstly to see if they could do it and secondly to allow us all to see Australia like never before. This drive of discovery has led to what I believe to be the most unique, fascinating and captivating set of pictures that you will ever see of our great Country. I hope you enjoy the fruits of their endeavour and it sparks a sense of wonder in you. Because this amazing home of ours is truly girt by sea.
Jason Mclean - Canon Australia
Meet the photographers
Tony Hewitt FAIPP & Denis Glennon AO
From day one, as we looked down from our elevated vantage point, our fascination for the aerial view of our coast would take over, each scene that rolled through revealing just how visually intriguing the edge of our beautiful island continent could be. Reminiscent of explorers of old, we were filled with wonder... what would we see next, what was around the corner?