Eric Thake was a keen birdwatcher and a member of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union. In 1952 he participated in the Union's 'camp-out' in Central Australia. Although the principal purpose of the expedition was ornithological, it gave Thake the chance to observe and photograph many aspects of the outback that so fascinated him.
This selection of his photographs taken on that trip records the diverse sights that caught his imagination. These include strange rock formations, old-fashioned lettering on signboards, quaint constructions and expansive landscapes, as well as the Aboriginal men and women of the region.
Please note: Some photographs of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park have been removed from this website in respect for the cultural and spiritual significance of the area for its traditional owners, the Anangu.