Not the average existence…
Hey! My name is Calumn Hockey from a small farming town of Bowraville, New South Wales, Australia. I'm only 26 years but have been on some pretty amazing adventures which are generally quite strenuous or just plain whacky and weird such as that time I went camel riding in Central Australia to the more intense things like staying awake for 40 hours straight while hiking some pretty gnarly terrain. I have been lost on mountains during blizzards, nearly broken my leg while paddling a bamboo raft down a flooded river in Northern Thailand to been swarmed by flies and stalked by dingoes while hiking the Larapinta Trail.
Not all things have gone bad on my adventures as I have been able to witness some truly incredible scenes over the short time I have been travelling like the time I got to see the Dalai Lama in person (I was 5 metres away from his Holiness). One of the best was seeing an electrical storm over Uluru in the Northern Territory causing cascading waterfalls to form and pour off Uluru.
I travel for the moments but I prefer to be taken by the moment and some of these moments I capture with my cameras. I breathe adventure so I thought, why don't I hone my skills with my cameras in order to truly showcase how amazing our world is! My aim is to capture the human element in these amazing landscapes our earth has given us. I hope you can follow me on my journey!
My time abroad is primarily spent in mountainous areas such as Nepal and New Zealand's South Island which have both being contributing locations to the development of my photography.
I am an advocate and content creator for GoPro Australia New Zealand with nearly 1 million likes across my GoPro images on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook since 2016. I strive to make my shots so unique in a world full of photographers that they will be so difficult to replicate no matter how hard they try.
My content is regularly featured across GoPro and GoProANZ so keep an eye out! I am a freelance adventure writer and photographer so always on the lookout for more epic work and adventures, swing me a message and lets collab!
Awards & Press
31 x Editors Favourites, National Geographic Yourshot
28 x GoPro Awards
7 x GoPro Photo's of the day
4 x GoPro Instagram features amassing over 900,000 thousand likes and over 15 million views.
2 x Daily Dozen Selection, National Geographic Yourshot
4 x Top ranking travel articles on Google
Calumn, what a collection of thoughtful photographs, it is wonderful that you have found a way to travel and develop your passion for photography!
What a wonderful and unique perspective; I have never been on a camel – and now I can pretend. I also like how the first rider is framed within the dirt road, keeping the composition clean. A small detail like this really sophisticates your photo. Well done Calumn
David Y Lee - National Geographic Producer
Having Calumn come on board with Intrepid Travel and Via Travel Australia has been incredible with his ability to produce top of the range photos, film and destination articles. I would highly recommend Calumn come on board with your company!
Stuart Weseirski - Co-founder of Via Travel Australia
Adventures and Expeditions
Larapinta Trail, Australia 223km – 9 days
Mustang Trek, Nepal 200km – 10 days
Hawkesbury River to Balgowlah, Sydney (27hrs38mins) 100km
Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand 19.4km
Ban Pha Mon to Ban Muang Pam to Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand (roughly 50km)
Hille to Dhampus (trek) via Ghandruk, Nepal
Chogo La, Upper Mustang, Nepal 4,325m
Nyi La, Upper Mustang, Nepal 4,020m
Duerali La, Nepal 3,090m
Mountain Pilatus, Switzerland 2,128m
Ben Lomond, New Zealand 1,748m 2 summits during winter
Alex Knob, New Zealand 1,303m
Bowen Peak, New Zealand 1,631m unsuccessful winter attempt
Treble Cone, New Zealand 2,088m unsuccessful winter attempt
Mount Ollivier, New Zealand 1,933m
Mount Barney, Queensland 1,359m quick ascent with 25kg bag
Ananda Hill, Pokhara 1,100m 18 minute ascent from Lake Phewa to World Peace Pagoda
Poon Hill, Nepal 3,210m
Brinkley Bluff, Northern Territory 1,195m
Mount Razorback, Northern Territory 1,257m
On the water
Kayaked the length of the Abel Tasman twice over a period of 5 days
Epic road trips
Bowraville to Darwin via Parkes, Broken Hill, William Creek (vehicle) roughly 5,000km (trekked the Larapinta Trail as well)
Christchurch to Kaikoura (the long way, vehicle) via Wanaka, Fox Glacier and Arthur's Pass
Jomsom to Pokhara in Nepal; we averaged a miserable 19 kilometres per hour for 9.5 hours of hell