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Karijini National Park Photography Tour

Blue Tongue Photogrophy Tours / Karijini National Park Photography Tour

Karijini National Park Photography Tour

Karijini, Exmouth, Coral Bay, monkey Mia, Kalbarri, Pinnacles Day & Night Photography Tour

Experience an unforgettable fully guided photography journey through two billion years of the Earth’s natural history as we explore Karijini, Western Australia’s second larges National Park just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Hamersley Range. Scale some of the oldest rocks on the planet and enjoy a few nights under the immersive Outback sky. An EXCLUSIVE small group photography adventure exploring Karijini’s spectacular river gorges, waterfalls and pools. Dales Gorge, Fern Pool, Fortescue Pool, Hancock Gorge, Weano Gorge, Oxers lookout, just to mention a few.

A once in a lifetime photography road trip deep into Western Australia’s Outback to explore some of the Pilbara’s oldest and most iconic red earth landscapes.

This 12-Day photography itinerary will bring us back to Perth via Exmouth before heading down the coast along the picturesque Western Australian Coral Coast. Be ready to be blown away by breathtaking waterfalls, mighty river gorges, vivid outback landscapes, quiet and serene sandy beaches, rustic country towns and starry night skies out of this world!

A unique opportunity to work alongside professional landscape photographer Martial Fatton and two times LTG Global Awards Winner – Blue Tongue Photography Tours.

Tour Highlight and Inclusions

This Exclusive small-group photographic adventure has been carefully put together, allowing you to experience a diversity of breathtaking Western Australian landscapes and iconic coastal scenery. We guarantee a wealth of photography opportunities, including small group tuition, practical notes and one-to-one support tailored to your individual needs while on-location learning the importance of image composition, available light and night photography techniques.

  • Experience a unique itinerary specially designed for photographers
  • 11 night accommodation (refer to itinerary)
  • Option* Deluxe Eco Tent accommodation in Karijini Nat’L Park
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner during the duration of the tour
  • Comfortable air conditioned 4WD/ Bus (incl. 2 water bottle pp p/day)
  • A smorgasbords of photography opportunities throughout the 12 days
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, exhibits & locations visited for photography
  • BHP Billiton Mt Whaleback guided mine tour in Newman
  • Entry fee to Monkey Mia Resort and Dolphin Discovery Center
  • Wilderness and discovery stops, iconic panoramic views, wildflowers in season
  • Short accessible walks to explore some of the best photo locations on tour
  • Dale Gorge, Fern Pool, Hancock George, Joffre Gorge – the list is endless!
  • Night photography sessions in the breathtaking Australian Outback
  • Fresh local produce & outback tucker in Karijini & Wooramel Station
  • Fish BBQ dinner at the iconic Finlay’s Kalbarri
  • Sunset session overlooking the World Heritage Shark Bay coastlines
  • Karijini Nat’l Park & Nigaloo Reef Nat’l Park discovery drive
  • Turquoise Bay, Francois Peron, Carnarvon Space Station, Pinnacles Desert
  • As it is our own personalized photo tour, we can stop when and where we want!
  • Professional photography advise
  • Fully escorted tour in English (some knowledge of french)
  • Photography group of 2 – 6 participants maximum
  • Complimentary Lightroom / Photoshop editing session, advice and trouble shooting


Dates: Flexible with dates between April to October

Cost: AU$ 3,980 pp | single supplement AU$ 325.00

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 or more tours.

Escape the busy tracks and experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to shoot dramatic scenery from sunrise to sunset, and capture the breathtaking night sky shining over some of the most iconic landscape in Western Australia. This Karijini Outback photo tour is offered as a stand-alone tour with option to add a pre – Perth tour extension or a post Xtended tour down WA’s Southwest or to the Pinnacles National Park. It is a perfect tour to include a non-photographer companion.

Observers/ non-photographers companions can either tag along while you are out taking photographs, or do their own exploring of the surroundings and we’ll all meet up in the evenings to share a few stories of the day’s events.

Optional Accommodation: Deluxe En-suite Eco Retreat Tent in Karijini (extra TBA)

A $1000 deposit will secure your spot.

What is included?

  • 11 nights accommodations* (refer to itinerary)
  • Breakfast (11x) lunch (12x) and dinner (11x) during the duration of the Tour
  • Private transportation (incl. 2 water bottle pp p/day & snacks)
  • All entrance fees to exhibits, national parks & locations that we visit for photography
  • Martial’s expertise in guiding and photographic instruction

Other Options Available

  • Diving with the Blue Whales in Exmouth  (extra TBA) 
  • Scenic Flight in Kalbarri  (extra TBA) 

Level of physical difficulty: 3 out of 5

This 12Day Tour starts in Perth and finishes in Perth. It is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers of all ages. A moderate level of fitness is required (some walking). 


(Option) Road Trip Day One

PERTH – CUE (PL, MD, Motel). Leaving early, we drive through the Swan Valley to the Abbey of New Norcia. Established in 1847, it is the only monastic town in Australia. After a short break we continue our journey on the great Northern Hwy through the Mid West and travel to the iconic gold rush mining town of Cue. 650kms North-East of Perth 

(Option) Road Trip Day One

CUE/ NEWMAN – MT ROBINSON (MB, PL, CD, Camp). We continue north to cross the Tropic of Capricorn. On our way to the iron ore Mecca of the North, we pass many large sheep stations (some over 1 million acres in size). Newman was built in the 1960s by the Mount Newman Mining Company following the discovery of rich iron deposits on nearby Mount Whaleback (conducted mine tour). As the day draws to a close, we set-up camp near Mt Robinson, in the evening we enjoy a bush BBQ in the spectacular Pilbara Scenery. 638kms

(Option) Flight Day One

FLIGHT PERTH – NEWMAN (CD, Camp). Conducted mine tour in Newman in the afternoon. On the way to Karijini, we get off the beaten track to view recently discovered ancient indigenous art. As the day drawn to a close, we set-up camp near Mt Robinson, in the evening we enjoy a bush BBQ in the spectacular Pilbara Scenery. (Flight 1196kms) 104kms  

Day Two & Three

MT ROBINSON – KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK (CB, PL, CD, Camp). It’s photography time! Two full day is the perfect amount of time needed to explore the Karijini National Park and its amazing gorges. Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Ranges are some of the most unusual land formations on earth. Deep in the gorges you’ll come across cascading waterfalls and still water holes, a little paradise for both novice and experienced eyes, offering amazing photo opportunities. Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge are just some of the stunning areas we’ll get to. Definitely a highlight!  112kms 

Day Four

KARIJINI – EXMOUTH (CB, PL, MD, Motel/ Villa). Departing the Karijini Eco Retreat we travel via Tom Price to Nanutarra on the Ashburton River. Cape Range National Park and the spectacular scenery of Charles Knife Road, where oil was first found in Western Australia in the 1950’s. Onto Exmouth where we set-up camp overlooking the magnificent Ningaloo Reefs.  

Day Five

EXMOUTH (CB, PL, CD, Motel/ Villa). A most fascinating place and another day of spectacular landscapes! We travel to the head of the Gulf then onto the amazing Cape Range National park where we’ll enjoy the rest of the day.  

Day Six

EXMOUTH – CORAL BAY (CB, PL, MD, Chalet). Sleep-in or take an early morning walk to capture the sunrise. We make the short drive to Coral Bay, the Jewel of the Northwest, where we explore and discover the wonders of the Ningaloo Reefs and its fascinating marine life. Free time after lunch; take the time to edit your images or work on your suntan. Later in the afternoon we take a glass bottom boat cruise to view the beautiful coral of Ningaloo Reef. 150kms

Day Seven

CORAL BAY – WOORAMAL STATION (MB, PL, MD, Camp). Back onto the Hwy to Carnarvon, where we visit the Babbage Island Jetty and the Fishing Harbour. This is the old North West, sheep station country, where so many farmers over the last 130 years have battled drought and great floods. Further south on the road to Shark Bay we come to Hamelin Pool to see the ancient  

Stromatalites and Hamelin Pool old Telegraph Station. 349kms 

Day Eight

WOORAMAL STATION – DENHAM (CB, PL, PD, Villa). Early morning start, this morning we make the short trip to world famous Monkey Mia Dolphins – a unique experience with some fantastic photo opportunities. After brunch, we travel back to Denham on the other side of the Peron Peninsula, visit the beautiful and unique Shell Beach then travel towards Kalbarri via Useless Loop and Kalbarri National Park. 210kms 

Day Nine

DENHAM (CB, PL, PD, Villa). Early morning start, this morning we make the short trip to world famous Monkey Mia Dolphins – a unique experience with some fantastic photo opportunities. After brunch, we travel back to Denham on the other side of the Peron Peninsula, visit the beautiful and unique Shell Beach then travel towards Kalbarri via Useless Loop and Kalbarri National Park. 

Day Ten

DENHAM – KALBARRI (CB, PL, PD, Villa). Early morning start, this morning we make the short trip to world famous Monkey Mia Dolphins – a unique experience with some fantastic photo opportunities. After brunch, we travel back to Denham on the other side of the Peron Peninsula, visit the beautiful and unique Shell Beach then travel towards Kalbarri via Useless Loop and Kalbarri National Park. 374kms. 

Day Eleven

KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK (CB, PL, PD, Villa). Early morning walk to capture the sunrise, nature and coastal cliffs. After lunch, we take a short drive to Kalbarri National Park where we explore some of the Murchison River hidden treasures, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend Gorge (it is a steep descent but well worth the effort when you get there). Optional spectacular 45 min. River Gorges and  

Coastal Cliffs via Pink Lake scenic flight. We share our last evening together around the BBQ as the sun set over the Murchison River. 

Day Twelve

KALBARRI – PERTH (CB, PL). Back to the North West Coastal Highway through Northampton to Geraldton. Following the coast we travel through many Cray fishing towns, Dongara, Leeman, Jurien Bay and Cerventes. We visit the majestic Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park then take the recently completed Indian Ocean Drive past Lancelin to Perth. As the day draws to a close we arrive into Perth where we make our final goodbye. 589kms 

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner \ P = Picnic | C = Camp | M = Motel | V = Villa/Chalet 

There is a STRICT luggage limit of 15kgs per person, in a backpack or soft bag (Camera equipment not included in the 15kgs). 

Accommodations are subject to availability and may vary depending the seasons. 

A perfect add-on before your KARIJIN Photo Tour is our PERTH HALF DAY TOUR or following straight after, join us on our MARGARET RIVER extension.

Photography Outline

Nature, Landscape, night and astrophotography 

In addition to great daily photo opportunities and night excursions, we will also touch on the following photography topics, including: 

  • Understanding your camera 
  • Working with available light [read & understand the light] 
  • Dare to go manual Vs Auto camera settings 
  • How to read your histogram and how to fine-tune-it  
  • Adjust your image exposure in relation to your subject 
  • Depth of Field calculation 
  • What lenses should you use? 
  • Camera settings to take the perfect shot every time 
  • Image composition, the golden rules and how to break it! 
  • Filters, Neutral Density and Neutral Density Grads
  • Long exposure and waterfalls  
  • Night photography tutorial 
  • Capturing raw 
  • Introduction to Photoshop & Lightroom Post-processing 

Personal Items and Weather Conditions

Temperature can range from4 – 25C in winter to 18 – 35C in autumn/ spring (50C+ in the peak of Summer) 

 Average monthly rain for this time of year2day/ March to July and 0.4 day/ Aug – Sept. 

 Be organized and pack smart on this Karijini Photo Tour, as you will be on the go to fit as much photography session as we can and you will have to wheel your luggage from the 4WD to your accommodation during the tripYou will have access to your luggage at anytime during the trip, however I recommend to pack a basic easy to grab change of cloth (jacked or light weight rain coat, etc.) in a smaller backpack or in your camera bag for the overnight or in case the weather changes suddenly. 

Two pairs of shoes: One sturdy pair for in the field that you can get wet if we have a rain day. One pair for evenings or the next day in case the first pair is not dry. 

Light weight rain jacket and rain pants. You don’t have to go all out here, but it will also help you to keep warm at night. * I really suggest a rain jacket if nothing else, the rain gear will keep you dry when walking in the parks. I have a pair of Teflon rain pants & jacket, super light and perfect to keep in you camera bag in case of a sudden change in the weather. 

A warm jacket, long trousers and a jumper or light jacket for those late evening and early morning shoots. It can get really cold in the middle of winter or on wind days. 

Hat and sun screen protection. 

Camera Equipment

Your favourite DSLR camera, a multi focal lens (i.e 18-70mm) or fix lens, the wider the angle the better (i.e 14, 18,20mm full frame camera and 10, 12mm cropped sensor camera), and a medium to long-range lens (i.e. 80-300mm), plenty of memory cards and fully charged batteries. A small steady tripod & cable release for long exposure is essential. Don’t forget to bring your camera manual if you are not 100% sure about your camera functions. Please note that for better results a recent DSLR digital camera is preferable (0-5yrs old) as technology changes. Polarizer filter, Neutral Density and grabs filters are not a prerequisite but are great tools to have for long exposure and colour saturation.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers of all ages, however a good sense of humour and minimum fitness is recommended. Sturdy shoes, suitable warm cloths, drink bottle, a head torch and a good camera bag… remember, you will be the one carrying your own photography gears!

Tour Extensions

A perfect add-on before or directly after your Karijini Photo Tour is our Half Day Perth photo tour or join us on a Margaret River Region Tour. 

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 or more.

Perth-by-Night Photo Tour | Perth Photo Tour

Flexible with dates |  Available all year round 

Margaret River | Margaret River Photo Tour

Flexible with dates |  Available all year round  

Photo Tour Details

April to October

Private Tours Available

Group Size: min 4, max 6

Cost: $3,980 PP


Tour starts and ends in Perth

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