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Golden Outback Photo Tour

Blue Tongue Photography Tours / Golden Outback Photo Tour

Golden Outback Photography Tour

Margaret River, Pemberton, Karri Valley, Denmark, Albany, Esperance,
The Stirling Range, Fitzgerald River & Cape Le Grand National Park (12-Day)

Experience an unforgettable 12-Day fully guided photography travel tour.

Let us take you on an amazing photography adventure through WA’s Southwest and the Golden Outback to explore some of Western Australia’s most iconic landscapes. An EXCLUSIVE small group photography journey deep into the Southern regions – Margaret River, Pemberton, Karri Valley, Denmark, Albany and Esperance via the Stirling Range National Park, the Fitzgerald River National Park and the mesmerising Cape La Grand National park just to name a few places!

Escape the busy touristic tracks and take a once in a lifetime photography road trip across Western Australia’s most iconic landscapes.

One of the highlights of the tour is Lucky Bay’s immaculate white sandy beach and turquoise water in Cape Le Grand National Park. It is one of the most spectacular coastal scenery found in the south west corner of WA.

This 12-Day itinerary will bring us back to Perth through farmlands along the centre of the Wheatbelt via Lake King, Wave Rock and the Tin Horse Hwy. Be ready to be blown away by rustic country towns, old Wool Sheds, Barns, Telegraph Station and iconic ‘Australiana’ landscapes.

A unique opportunity to work alongside professional landscape photographer Martial Fatton and LTG Global Awards Winner 2016 & 2017 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)
  • Daily breakfast and lunches during the whole duration of the photography tour
  • Some evening Meals, plus welcome/ farewell dinners
  • 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 & locations that we visit for photography
  • Entry to the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury
  • Lunch & wine testing in a local winery in the Margaret River Region
  • Fresh local produce & testing throughout the tour, MR Region, Mt Barker, Esperance
  • Gloucester Tree climb in Pemberton (not compulsory J)
  • Wilderness and discovery stops, iconic panoramic views, wildflowers in season
  • Short accessible walks to explore some of the best photo locations on tour
  • King George Sound, French Bay, Two People Bay, Little Beach, Lucky Bay
  • Night photography session in the breathtaking Golden Outback
  • Tree Top Wall, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Elephant Rocks & Green Pool
  • Sunset session overlooking the Indian Ocean & the Southern Ocean coastlines
  • Castle Rock, Granite Skywalk & Bluff Knoll hike in the Stirling Range Nat’l Park
  • Fitzgerald River Nat’l Park & Cape Le Grand Nat’l Park discovery drive
  • As it is our own personalised photo tour, we can stop when and where we want!
  • Professional photography advise
  • Fully escorted tour in English (some knowledge of French & German)
  • Photography group of 2 – 6 participants maximum
  • Complimentary Lightroom / Photoshop editing session, advice and trouble shooting

Dates

Dates: Flexible with dates between February to December

Super Early Bird: $3,980 per person (paid in full before 30/09/21 for 2022 trip)

Early Bird: $4,220 per person ($1000 deposit paid in full before 30/11/21 for trip)

Regular Cost:  $4,480.00 pp | single supplement $795.00 PP

Upcoming tour dates 2021/ 2022

Nov. 16th – 27th, 2021
February 8th – 19th, 2022
March 15th –  26th, 2022
May 17th – 28th, 2022
Nov. 15th – 26th, 2022

Non Photographer companion welcome

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 participants or book an additional full day tour* (*conditions apply, not valid with any other offers, applicable only for direct online bookings)

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 Southwest/ Golden Outback photo tour is offered as a stand-alone tour with option to add a pre – Perth Tour extension or a post – full day tour to the Swan Valley 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 Activities

Hotel/ Motel accommodation options if you prefer not to camp in Pemberton & Hopetoun – extra/ not included in the cost of the tour.

A $1000 deposit will secure your spot.

Full payment balance is required within 8 weeks of the tour date to secure your spot.

What is Included?

  • 11 nights accommodations (refer to itinerary)
  • Breakfast (11x) lunch (11x) and dinner (6x) 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
  • Ou Tour Leader’s expertise in guiding and photographic instruction

All prices are calculated in AUS Dollars and may vary depending on the option you have chosen

Level of physical difficulty: 2-4 out of 5

This 12-Day 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).

Intinerary

Day One

(PL, D, Chalet/ Motel) Perth to Margaret River. Leaving early, we follow the coast south to Lake Clifton. One of only 3 thrombolites accessible sites in Western Australia. After a short break we continue our journey on the Old Mandurah Road to Bunbury and onto The Margaret River Region, which will be our home for a couple of nights. On the way we’ll visit the Geographe Bay region, including the Busselton Jetty and part of the Margaret River Wine region. Built in the 1850’s, it is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere, stretching almost 2 km out to sea from the Busselton shore. Nightscape photography session overlooking the spectacular Indian Ocean Coastline, followed by a welcome evening in one of the local pub. 270kms South of Perth.

Day Two

(CB, PL, Chalet/ Motel) Margaret River. Today we spend the day enjoying the Margaret River Region, its wine and fresh local produce. Margaret River is famous for its top-class vines, spectacular surfing waves and host of the World Pro-Surfer Championship Tour, but it is also a photographers’ paradise and offers a smorgasbord of photography opportunities and locations to explore all year round; Sugarloaf, Canal Rock, Bunker Bay, Injidup Natural Spa, Peverley, are just some of the amazing locations we’ll visit. Wine and local food tasting are also on the menu as well as a sunrise session at the iconic old jetty in Busselton.

Day Three

(CB, PL, Camp) Margaret River to Pemberton. We continue south to Cape Leeuwin through the town of Hamelin Bay, renown for stingrays frequently visiting the shore . Cape Leeuwin is the most south – westerly mainland points of the Australian Continent. After lunch it’s time to head inland to Pemberton, Mecca of the South West timber industry since the early 1860’s. The region was originally occupied by the Bibbulmun Australian Aborigines who knew the area as Wandergarup, which in their language meant ‘plenty of water’. In the evening we enjoy a well-deserved tradition pub meal. 200kms.

Day Four

(CB, PL, D, Motel/ Chalet) Pemberton to Albany. The scenic drive between Gloucester Tree and the Southern Ocean is a photographer’s dream taking us deep into the enchanted majestic Karri Forest of the Warren River National Park, Gloucester National Park, Karri Valley and the phenomenal Valley of the Giant National Park with a ‘Tree Top Walk’ for those not scared of heights. We reconnect with the coast in the afternoon to explore Denmark and its rocky coastline, but don’t be fooled by its natural beauty, the water along this rugged stretch of coast is dangerous – massive King Waves live here. As the day draws to a close, we set-up base near Albany for 2 nights. 250kms

Day Five

(MB, PL, Motel/ Chalet) Albany. Sleep-in or take an early morning walk to capture the sunrise. Today we make the short drive to the other side of King George Sound to explore Albany’s coastline, Frenchman Bay, Two People Bay, Little Beach and the old whaling station which played a big part in the economic development of the area (free time here to visit or enjoy the beach). Albany is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia, predating Perth and Fremantle. It was founded on 26 December 1826 as a military outpost of New South Wales as part of a plan to forestall French ambitions in the region.

Day Six

(MB, PL, D, Camp) Albany to Stirling Range. A most fascinating place and another day of spectacular landscapes! We leave once again the coast to the amazing Stirling Range National Park where we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a day to shoot some breathtaking panoramic landscapes of the ranges, flora and fauna. Bluff Knoll is the tallest peak for a thousand kilometres or more in any direction (1095m) and the most popular tourist attraction alongside a silhouette called The Sleeping Princess, which is visible from the Porongurup Range.

Day Seven

(CB, PL, Camp) Stirling Range to Hopetoun. Leaving Bluff Knoll region after breakfast, we exit the Stirling Range National Park via the eastern entrance to join Hwy 1 all the way down to Hopetoun. The A1 is skirting around the Fitzgerald River National Park, one of the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. The Park also features a tantalising variety of landscapes from rolling plains, colourful breakaways, rugged peaks and headlands to stunning bays and inlets. During winter, southern right whales shelter close to the shore with their newborn calves. Spend the evening gazing at the night sky where the Southern Cross points its way across the Southern Ocean. 197kms

Day Eight

(CB, PL, D, Motel / Villa) Hopetoun to Esperance. Early morning photography opportunities as we discover the westside of the Fitzgerald River National Park. This National Park is renowned for its bushwalking, the rugged inland and coastal scenery and the breathtaking 1,800 species of wildflowers that can be found between November and April. Back onto Hwy A1 after lunch, as we follow the coastline all the way to Esperance. 189kms.

Day Nine

(B, PL, Motel / Villa) Esperance. Early start today as we make the short trip to Cape Le Grand National Park and explore Thistle Cove and Luck Bay’s immaculate white sandy beach and turquoise water, one of the world’s most spectacular and breathtaking coastal scenery in my eye and definitely one of the highlights of the tour. With a bit of luck, you may even meet and interact with some of the locals! – Western Grey kangaroo and their Joey’s come to chill and relax on the beach during the day, a truly unique experience with some fantastic photo opportunities!

European history of the region dates back to 1627 when the Dutch vessel Gulden Zeepaert passed through the blue waters off the Esperance coast, however French explorers are credited with making the first landfall near the present-day town, naming it and other local landmarks whilst sheltering from a storm in this area in 1792. The town itself was named after a French ship, the Esperance, commanded by Bruni d’Entrecasteaux. Esperance, is French for ‘hope’.

Day Ten

(B, PL, D, Chalet) Esperance to Wave Rock. Sleep-in or take an early morning drive to capture the sunrise, nature and coastal cliffs before heading inland towards Hyden via Lake King. The first part of the journey will take us on a 250km red dirt road trip through some untamed parts of the Goldfield / Wheatbelt, a beautiful and dramatic canvas where Salt Lakes are kings! Late arrival at Lake Magic our Wave Rock – Hyden base camp and accommodations for the next 2 nights. Sunset shoot, BBQ dinner and weather permitting, our first of 2 Astrophotography workshop sessions. 382kms.

Day Eleven

(B, PL, D, Chalet) Wave Rock. Sunrise photography session opportunity from the top of Wave Rock before going back to camp for breakfast and some free time. A last opportunity to download your files and go through some post processing workflow tips and Photoshop/ Lightroom processing techniques.

In the afternoon we’ll explore the region surrounding Hyden including a native rock formation shelter with visible hands painting prints on walls and ceiling, a perfect place to sit down and reflect on what life would have been in the Outback many years ago. Dinner at the local pub before heading out aging to capture the night sky. The Milky Way is something else in the Golden Outback in season.

Day Twelve

(CB, PL) Wave Rock to Perth.

(B, PL) Wave Rock to Perth. Sleep-in or take an early morning walk around Lake Magic before we start making our way back on the main roads through Williams to Perth. Following the Tin Hwy, we come across many iconic country towns, Old Wool Shed, Telegraph Station and an abundance of photography opportunities. As the day draws to a close, we arrive back into Perth where we make our final goodbye.

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | PL = Picnic Lunch | D = Dinner

There is a STRICT luggage limit of 15kgs per person, in a backpack, suite case 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 SOUTHWEST/ GOLDEN OUTBACK Photo Tour is our PERTH HALF DAY TOUR or following straight after our SOUTHWEST/ GOLDEN OUTBACK join us on our PINNACLES 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
  • Night photography tutorial
  • Capturing raw
  • Introduction to Photoshop & Lightroom Post-processing

Personal Items and Weather Conditions

Temperature can range from: 8C in winter to 24-25C in the peak of summer

Average monthly rain for this time of year: 3day/ Jan-Feb- Mar and 12-14day/ Jun-Jul-Aug

Be organised and pack smart on this Golden Outback Photo Tour, as we 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 are Villa/ Motel room during the trip. You 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.

Equipment

Camera Equipment

Your favourite DSLR camera, a multi focal lens (i.e 18-70mm) or fix lens, the wider the angle the better, 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 and a good camera bag!

Tour Extensions

A perfect add-on before your Southwest/ Golden Outback Photo Tour is our Half Day Perth photo tour or after your Southwest/ Golden Outback Photo Tour to join us on a Day Trip to the Pinnacles National Park Tour.

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 or or book an additional full day tour* (conditions apply & ONLY available to BTT direct bookings)

Perth-by-Night Photo Tour | Perth Photo Tour

Flexible with dates |  Available all year round

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Nambung National Park | Pinnacles Photo Tour

Flexible with dates |  Available all year round (Jan-Fev N/R)

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Tour Details

Flexible With Dates

Available All Year

NOV. 16TH - 27TH, 2021

FEB. 8TH - 19TH, 2022

MARCH 15TH - 26TH, 2022

MAY 17TH - 28TH, 2022

NOV. 15TH - 26TH, 2022

Private Tours Available

Group Size: min 4, max 6

Early Bird Save up to $260 pp

Cost: $4,480.00 PP

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $795

Tour starts and ends in Perth

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