In partnership with award-winning photographic artist and Guys Hill local, Karen Alsop, Puffing Billy Railway is pleased to introduce Animal Tales to the Lakeside Visitor Centre; a three-part animal-focused photographic series that juxtaposes human characteristics, behaviours, or situations with the faces of real-life native animals. 


    2nd April - 31st August
    9 am - 4 pm




    Lakeside Visitor Centre, Emerald Lake Park

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10 Kanga With Camera Flat

Known for her anthropomorphic work, Karen has taken inspiration from our heritage steam railway to produce ‘Aussie Wildlife Adventures’, which cleverly depicts a wombat, kangaroo, and echidna enjoying Puffing Billy in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges.  

These creatures of the forest – cute as they may be – are also rescued wildlife that feature in the ‘Homeless Wildlife’ series at the Visitor Centre. Karen has worked with rescuers around Australia to create eye-opening artwork that brings to the forefront the challenges these native animals face every day. 

And finally, with animal puns hidden deep inside her digital portraiture, Karen’s original work ‘Animal Puns’, which won her Animal Photography of the Year at the Australian Institute of Photography, will be on show and have viewers engaged for hours! Or better yet, order your very own piece – whether it be a portrait personally delivered by Karen, or the merchandise available in the Lakeside Visitor Centre gift shop – to take home and admire forever! 

For more information or to place a portrait order, visit 

"Elephant in the Room"
"Elephant in the Room"
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About the Artist - Karen Alsop

Karen Alsop is an award-winning photographic artist based at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges in Guys Hill. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world.

Specialising in Commercial Portrait Art, her digital portraiture communicates thought-provoking stories. Karen uses the power of Photoshop to composite multiple captures together, making the impossible possible within her art.