Macro Photography Workshop – Queensland

Where:

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong, Brisbane

When:

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

 

 

Time:

8am to 11.00am

Cost:

$145.00 (plus GST)

Colour Explosion

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Would you like to learn how to best take great photos of tiny macro subjects? In this half-day photographic workshop, Michael will teach you how achieve sharp, evenly-lit and well-composed photos of anything “macro”.

You will be shown how to use different types of lenses and extension tubes, as well as ways to achieve perfect lighting using various flash methods, diffusers and reflectors. Depth-of-field, an important component of macro photography, will be discussed at length as well as the best ways to steady your camera/lens. Best composition methods will be covered as well. Our subjects will include various types of flowers in bloom, cacti, insects and more.

Grevillea

Macro Photographic Tips and Techniques

This course will cover:

  • Aperture/Depth-Of-Field
  • Recommended Shutter Speeds for different situations
  • Focal styles
  • Focal points
  • Metering
  • Composition
  • Lighting/Flash Use
  • Common Pitfalls to Avoid
  • And much more!

Sunrise fungi

Itinerary:

  • 8am – Meet at the café entrance at the bottom of the car park (Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens)
  • There will a brief session covering the best types of equipment recommended for macro photography. You will then be instructed you on various macro photography techniques “in-the-field”.
  • 9.30am  – Morning tea and photography chat
  • We will work our way around the gardens showing you how to achieve the best macro results in-camera.
  • 11am – finish

Dew on leaves

How To Book:

To book your place, please use the contact form and Michael will send you payment details.

Macro Photography Workshop

Please note: This workshop is limited to 8 participants. This will ensure that you receive comprehensive personal tuition from Michael.

Michael Snedic Paper Daisy

Weekend Bunya Mountains Bird Photography Workshop – Queensland

Eastern Spinebill

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of November 2020

SORRY - FULLY - BOOKED!

Come and spend two days in Queensland’s beautiful Bunya Mountains region, photographing the many species of birds found there in spring.

The workshop is hosted by professional wildlife photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic.

satin bowerbird

Where:

Bunya Mountains - Queensland

When:

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of November 2020

Time:

7am start on Saturday with a 4pm finish

7am start on Sunday with a 2pm finish

Price:

$495 (plus GST) per person for photography tuition

(Does not include accommodation and meals - please see below.)

Spottd Pardalote

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Grass Tree in mist - Bunya Mountains - Qld

Red-necked Wallabies Bunya Mountains. Qld

Itinerary:

Saturday

Our first session starts with Michael presenting a session on how to photograph birds, no matter what camera you own or level of experience you have. Subjects covered will include composition, apertures and depth-of-field, recommended shutter speeds, focus points, metering, lighting as well as the best photographic equipment to use for great bird photos.

During the next session, we will head into the rainforest for some rainforest bird photography, where Michael will give tips on how to achieve great shots in different lighting conditions.

After lunch, there will be a session on using flash for bird photography.

displaying riflebird - juvenile male

Sunday

This morning we head out to ‘Grass Tree Country’. Here we will spend the first half of the day photographing the birds that live there. Species found may include Spotted Pardalotes, Mistletoe birds, various honeyeaters and many more.

After morning tea, we will spend time searching for the Satin Bower birds in their bowers, plus other species.

       After lunch, there will be a session on how to best capture birds-in-flight.

For our last session of the day, there will be a ‘Question and Answer’ session, where Michael will endeavour to help you with any issues you may still have with your bird photography.

Noisy Pitta

Topics Covered Include:

  • Composition
  • Recommended Aperture
  • Recommended Shutter Speeds and ISO
  • Focal Points
  • Focus Styles
  • Metering
  • Exposure Compensation (for Aperture Priority)
  • Flash Use
  • Lighting
  • Hand-held versus Monopod
  • Recommended Photographic Accessories
  • And Much More…

rose robin

Accommodation:

Choose whichever type of accommodation suits your needs and budget. You may camp in the nearby Parks and Wildlife campground or choose to rent one of the many houses available for rent.

The link HERE takes you to the QP&WS, where you can book a campsite.

The link HERE takes you to the Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre, where you can book accommodation or call the staff for more information.

Food:

Please bring your own (there is a small shop at the campground where you can buy some essentials). There are also restaurants/cafes available if you would like to buy your meals.

Temperature:

The Bunya Mountains are much cooler in summer than places such as Brisbane and the Gold Coast, due to its elevation.

Lewin's Honeyeater

How to book:

For more information on this workshop or to book your place, please contact Michael on +61 408 941 965 or by using the contact form.

Maximum 8 participants

This workshop is covered by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service permits.

Bunya Mountains Bird Photography Workshop | Weekend Bird Photography Workshop

5 Day Lamington National Park Photography Workshop – Queensland

18th - 23rd October 2020 SORRY - FULLY-BOOKED!

NEW DATE  7th - 12th March 2021

Get to know your digital camera in one of Australia’s most stunning natural environments!

This workshop is designed to teach participants skills in all facets of photography, including composition, lighting, exposure, aperture/shutter speed/ISO, depth of field and much more.

 Michael caters for all levels of experience and is very encouraging to beginners.  Lamington National Park is full of photographic opportunities, including a large variety of wildlife, rainforest and eucalypt forest landscapes, waterfalls, stunning valley views, sunsets and lots of macro subjects. 

These amazing photographic locations and subjects, coupled with Michael’s extensive photographic knowledge and tuition skills, means you will have an opportunity to learn plenty of valuable photographic tips, with like-minded people. And you will do so in the most tranquil, beautiful surroundings.



Michael Snedic assisting Sir David Attenborough at O’Reilly’s, in Lamington National Park.
Michael Snedic assisting Sir David Attenborough
at O’Reilly’s, in Lamington National Park 

Where:

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat/Lamington National Park, Queensland

When:

Sunday (afternoon) 18th to Friday 23rd of October 2020

Price:

$AU2795 (plus GST) twin share. Single supplement $AU440 (plus GST)

Price includes accommodation for five nights, all meals as per itinerary, free-flight bird show entry, Parks and Wildlife permits and professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic.

Black Booyong buttress roots

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Program includes:

  • Macro photography techniques - for beginners and more advanced users.
  • Landscape photography techniques - in the rainforest and sunset overlooking the amazing expanse of the Kerry Valley.
  • Waterfall and cascade photography.
  • Bird and animal photography techniques.
  • Reviews and critique of participant's images and suggestions for improvements.
  • Audio-visual presentations, including wildlife, macro and landscape photography.
  • Getting to know your camera and it's hidden capabilities.
  • Advice on recommended cameras/lenses/accessories to use for specific purposes.
  • Flash photography techniques including use of diffusers, reflectors, natural light etc.
  • Group tuition as well as one-on-one tuition from Michael
  • Best use of photographic accessories and gadgets.
  • Free time to practice what you have learned (or simply unwind and relax in the stunning surrounds of Lamington National Park)

*PLEASE NOTE – PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

Red-necked Pademelon

Michael Snedic’s O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park Experience:

Michael spent five years working as a nature guide for O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, in Lamington National Park and knows the area, and its natural fauna and flora, extremely well. Michael was also mentored here in photography by renowned wildlife and nature photographer and documentary-maker, Glen Threlfo. He has been presenting photo workshops and tours at O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park for the last twelve years. Michael's years of local experience, plus 17 years as a professional photography tutor, will guarantee you will not only be shown the BEST wildlife, landscape and macro subjects and locations in Lamington, but you will be shown the BEST ways to photograph them.

Michael instructing Jim

Testimonial

I have just completed Michael's Lamington National Park workshop. It was excellent, the retreat was lovely and then we had all the wonderful photography opportunities. We were able to visit some beautiful places, saw lots of different birds including the Alberts Lyrebird, the Satin Bower Bird doing his courting dance for the female and many others. Michael was very patient teaching us, I learnt how to successfully photograph in low light, I'm quite proud of a couple of my photos with water flowing. I tried macro photography which I haven't done before and was quite surprised by the results. Michael takes the time to explain how to set up your settings to achieve the best results for such a wide variety of subjects, time of day etc and is then happy to review the results and suggest things that can be altered to potentially improve when required. I would 100% recommend this workshop, in fact I'd like to do it again potentially the March one to see the difference in the wildlife and scenery at that time of year and build on my photography skills with Michael's help. Thank you.

Kerry Byrne - Grafton

Kerry Byrne - Grafton, New South Wales

Itinerary:

Monday:

Session 1
Introduction, get to know the other participants and setting up your camera settings. This is extremely important as you need to know what gear and settings are needed for specific situations and subjects.

Session 2
Trip to Luke’s Farm to photograph rustic buildings, fences etc.

Session 3
After lunch – Landscape photography, incorporating a trip to Python Rock. Buttress roots, vines, Crow’s Nest ferns and much more.

Rainforest cascades

Tuesday:

Session 4
After breakfast - Bird photography and other wildlife photography techniques, including pademelons (small, wallaby-like macropods).

Session 5
After morning tea – We head into the rainforest for more landscape photography, including cascades, mossy rocks and logs, plants and much more.

Session 6
‘Birds of Prey’ flight show, where Michael will teach you how to best get photos of birds in flight.
Free time to explore and photograph the natural beauty of Lamington N.P. or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Session 7
After dinner – Photo critique (8pm – 9pm). Michael will critique some of the photos you have taken so far, giving hints and advice along the way.

Rainforest fungi

Wednesday:

Session 8
Field trip (lunch out) – Elabana Falls, creeks, cascades and rainforest. Learn how to take great waterfall and rainforest landscape photos. Return back to base approximately 2-3pm.

 

Noisy Pitta with chicks

Thursday:

Session 9
Before breakfast – Come on an early-morning bird walk with Michael. Try taking some photos or get to know the birds and their calls (Michael was a guide at O’Reilly’s for 5 years and knows his birds and calls well!).

Session 10
After breakfast –  Audio visual presentation on best macro photography techniques

       Session 11

Wildlife Photography Techniques Presentation

Session 12
After morning tea – Macro session 'in-the-field'

After lunch – Free time to relax or practice your techniques

Session 13
Late afternoon – Landscape photography, we head to Luke’s farm to photograph the stunning valley views (including sunset).

Luminous fungi

Friday:

Session 14
After breakfast – Another chance to capture some of Lamington’s stunning birds.

Session 15
Second photo critique. Michael will give constructive feedback of images taken throughout the workshop.

Finish - Approx 12 noon

Lamington spiny crayfish

Inclusions:

  • Five nights accommodation at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, Qld
  • All meals, as per itinerary
  • Parks and Wildlife permit fees
  • Free-flight bird show entry fee
  • Professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic

Leaf-tailed gecko

Accommodation:

You will be staying at renowned O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park, Queensland

Regent Bowerbird

How to book:

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$600.00 (plus GST) The balance will be due up to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. 

       Cancellation Policy: Cancellation up to 60 days before departure - deposit forfeited. Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before departure - 50% of total workshop price forfeited. Cancellation less than 30 days before departure or during tour, no refund available.

Maximum 8 participants

This workshop is covered by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service permits.

Michael teaching participants - O'Reilly's

30 Day Ross Sea Antarctica Photography Expedition

  • Emperor Penguins

13th January - 11th February 2021

Ross Sea map

Join Michael Snedic on this 30 day photographic adventure starting in Invercargill, New Zealand. We travel by small expedition ship, heading south and exploring some of New Zealand’s amazing subantarctic islands, including Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, Aukland Island and the Snare islands. We will then head to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, which is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent's human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months each austral summer, few people have ever visited this strange and beautiful territory, with opportunities for non-scientific personnel limited to a handful of tourist expedition ships.

Heritage Expeditions offers such a voyage on its own fully equipped and ice-strengthened ship Spirit of Enderby, crewed by some of the most experienced officers and sailors in the world and staffed by a passionate and knowledgeable expedition team. This is a unique opportunity to experience nature on a scale so grand there are no words to describe it, and featured in TV documentary Go Further South.

 

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs in the field, but also in reviewing and refining your photos along the way.

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

S.Ott

© S. Ott

Subantarctic

Your Photography Tour Leader - Michael Snedic

Michael is an experienced (24 years) and widely published wildlife and nature photographer, writer and tutor. His articles and images have featured in many magazines, calendars, diaries, books, brochures, billboards and many other publications. He is the author of two books on Australian wildlife, and is a Nikon School tutor in Australia. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at camera clubs and photography conventions, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across the globe for 17 years.

On this expedition you will have access every day to a professional nature photographer and instructor. Michael is there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter. Michael will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings.

 

Australian Institute of Professional Photography

Itinerary:

Day 1: Invercargill

Arrive at Invercargill, New Zealand’s southern most city and rich in Scottish history. Grab your last-minute luxuries before meeting your fellow expeditioners for an informal get-together over dinner.

© T Bickford
© T Bickford

Day 2: Port of Bluff

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant and exploring some of the local attractions before heading to the Port of Bluff, where you will board your ship. Settle into your cabin and join your expedition team and the captain for a welcome on board.

Day 3: The Snares – North East Island

Staggeringly, The Snares are home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles put together. Zodiac cruising the coast we learn how the islands got their name and in the sheltered bays we should see the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, the Cape Petrel and Buller’s Albatross nesting on the imposing cliffs.

Royal Penguins © Meghan Kelly
© Meghan Kelly

Days 4-5: Auckland Islands

Characterised by towering cliffs and rugged sea stacks, these islands have borne witness to many a shipwreck in days gone by. We spend the day ashore on Enderby Island which is, perhaps, the most beautiful of all the Subantarctic Islands. Here we find parakeets flitting above carpets of red, white and yellow wild flowers and on the beaches beyond, the rare Hooker’s, or New Zealand, Sea Lion. We land in Carnley Harbour and if conditions are suitable, climb to a Shy Albatross colony, otherwise we will explore sites within the harbour.

Day 6: At sea

Take the chance to learn more about the biology and history of these islands and the tempestuous Southern Ocean through informal lectures with our experts. This particular stretch of ocean is very productive and we can expect many seabirds, including five or six kinds of albatross and numerous species of petrel.

 N. Russ © N. Russ

Days 7-8: Macquarie Island

This remote, rocky outpost which endures roaring westerly winds supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Hemisphere. Four species of penguin; King, Royal, Rockhopper and Gentoo all breed here. You will never forget your first experience in a ceaselessly active ‘penguin city’, where the dapper inhabitants show no fear of their strange visitors. We will also meet with the Park Rangers, visit the Australian Antarctic Base and observe the hundreds of Southern Elephant Seals along the beaches.

photo by Katya Ovsyanikova
© Katya Ovsyanikova

Day 9 to 12: At sea

Soaring albatross and petrels circle the vessel as we steam south through the Southern Ocean. Lectures now concentrate on the Ross Sea region and beyond the bow of the ship; drifting icebergs of extraordinary shapes begin to appear. Manoeuvring in close for your first ice photographs we pass the Antarctic Circle and into the continent’s realm of 24-hour daylight.

Subantarctic Photo Tour

Days 13 to 22: Antarctica’s Ross Sea Region

With unpredictable ice and weather conditions, a day-by-day itinerary is not possible, but we assess the conditions daily and take every opportunity to make landings and launch the Zodiacs. You can anticipate wildlife viewing, visits to scientific bases and historic sites, as well as the spectacular white and blue scenery. We hope to visit the following areas: Cape Adare: A large flat spit of land, teeming with the staggering sight of Antarctica’s largest Adelie Penguin rookery: a tumult of chattering, feeding chicks, territorial disputes, petty pilfering and courtship displays. Curious penguins often come very close, offering superb photographic opportunities. Among the shifting mass of penguins we will find Carsten Borchgrevink’s Hut, the oldest in Antarctica, an overwintering shelter for the first expedition to the continent in 1899. Cape Hallett: The enormous Admiralty Range heralds our arrival; wild and extraordinary, the mountains rear up towering out of the sea to over 4,000-metres high and are bounded by colossal glaciers. We make our landing at an abandoned base site, now home to large numbers of Adelie Penguins and Weddell Seals. Franklin Island: Desolately beautiful and rugged, this is home to a large Adelie Penguin population and other nesting seabirds. We attempt a landing and explore the coastline. Possession Islands: Rarely-visited, small and rugged, these rocks support tens of thousands of penguins. Observe the birds’ busy and humorous activity, with the Admiralty Mountains forming a superb backdrop across the water. Ross Ice Shelf: The world’s largest body of floating ice and a natural barrier, at times creating hazardous weather, with sheets of snow blown at gale force by winds off the polar ice cap. Just 800 miles from the South Pole, this daunting spectacle prevented many early explorers from venturing further south. We cruise along its dizzying 30-metre high ice cliffs, perhaps lucky enough to see icebergs ‘calving’. Ross Island: Mount Erebus/Cape Bird/Shackleton’s Hut/Scott’s Hut(s) and visits to a scientific field station (Scott and McMurdo Stations are high on our wish list but ice, weather and station operational requirements often make them inaccessible). Ross Island was, and is, the ‘hub of activity’ in the Ross Sea, dominated by Mt Erebus, a monstrous active volcano named after the ancient Greek God of Darkness. The carefully preserved huts of the ‘Heroic Era’ help make the history come alive. If we can reach the bases, we will get a modern perspective on Antarctic Research. Terra Nova Bay: An Italian research station where the scientists are always hospitable and enjoy showing us around their lonely but beautiful home. They share with us their scientific research and also, perhaps, the best ‘espresso’ in Antarctica!

King Penguins

Days 23 to 26: At Sea

Taking time to rest and enjoy life on board your ship in the bar or library after the excitement and long daylight hours of the Antarctic, we have time for lectures on our final destination and for some pelagic bird spotting.

Days 27 to 28: Campbell Island – Perseverance Harbour

We drop anchor in Perseverance Harbour, an occasional refuge for Southern Right Whales who come here to calve. Walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross and see the strange and beautiful megaherbs on the hills. These huge wild flowers that have adapted to the harsh conditions have unusual colourings and weirdly-shaped leaves. We also seek out other wildlife such as Campbell Island Shags, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and sea lions.

S. Blanc

© Katya Ovsyanikova

Day 29: At Sea

Relax and reflect on a remarkable journey as you join our experts for a recap of highlights and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 30: Invercargill or Christchurch

We disembark and our adventure ends as we disperse to begin others. After fond farewells we transfer you to central city hotels or to the airport. Enquire for a full itinerary and/or a Bird and Mammal List. NOTE: Voyages disembark in both Invercargill and Christchurch, please see downloadable brochures for the final destination of your selected voyage.

Subantarctic Photo Tour

Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the inflatable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore. Out on the ocean and exposed to the elements it can get quite cold. But it is summer and at times in the sun it can be quite warm.
The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Heritage will be able to advise you. There’s also a gym on board if you feel the need to get extra workouts.

K. Ovsyanikova © K. Ovsyanikova

Our Ship

Heritage Expeditions’ Spirit of Enderby is a great small expedition ship. Although we won’t be seeing ice on this voyage, the ship regularly visits both polar regions and is a very capable vessel. She also has plenty of vantage points for scenic and wildlife photography from all around the ship.

The ship will also have non-photographer passengers (she takes up to 54 in total) and while we will be mingling with them and sharing the ship and the general expedition experience, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group. On outings, I will always be in a zodiac or on land with my group, making sure everyone receives plenty of photography tuition, ensuring great images from this incredible photographic adventure!

Spirit of Enderby © Pete Tyree

© Pete Tyree

Heritage Expeditions

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition with Michael Snedic.
  • One night accommodation (with breakfast) in Invercargill.
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All zodiac and land excursions.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Invercargill.
  • Meals in Invercargill (other than one breakfast).
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.

Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while Michael runs the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes: several three-berth cabins and a range of twin-share cabin types. As usual with these ships your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

These prices are in US dollars per berth. There’s also an additional charge of US$880 pp to cover landing fees on these protected islands.

Double beds are available in suite accommodation only (and cabin 411). Single guests are matched with a sharer of the same gender in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees the sole use of a cabin (1.8 times the p/p rate for cabins, 2 times for suites).

 

Main deck (triple):Not available
Main deck (twin):US$ 24,500 pp
Superior (twin):US$26,500pp
Superior Plus (twin):US$29,800 pp
Mini Suite:US$30,900 pp
Heritage Suite:US$33,500 pp

A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.

NB: PRICE LISTED ABOVE INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION FEE BY MICHAEL SNEDIC, WHICH WILL BE INVOICED SEPARATELY

How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about this once-in-a-lifetime photography expedition, please contact Michael either via his Contact Form or by calling +61 408 941 965.

 

7 Day Waterfall Way Photography Workshop – New South Wales

Crystal Falls Dorrigo

21st - 27th March 2021

About the Workshop and Tour

NEWWould you like to spend 7 days photographing New South Wales stunningly-beautiful 'Waterfall Way"? Take the time to unwind on spectacular coastal walks, stroll through World Heritage listed Gondwana rainforest parks, admire granite formations and enjoy the ambiance of country towns, all with your camera in hand. This circular journey includes many national parks and reserves with a diverse mix of landscapes, vegetation, geology, wildlife and walks. So many photographic subjects!

From our first base in Yamba near the mouth of the Clarence River, our initial explorations include the littoral rainforest in Iluka Nature Reserve and a section of the Yuraygir National Parks. Headlands provide the opportunity to spot marine life while the coastal heath is a haven for birdlife. Heading south west, for a refreshing perspective, we explore the forests and waterfalls in Dorrigo National Park. Nearby New England National Park protects a wide diversity of forest types, along with wallabies, gliders and the inquisitive spotted-tailed quoll.

Wollomombi Falls is accessible via short walks in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, large population of brush-tailed rock wallabies. A visit to Cathedral Rock National Park offers a contrasting landscape, with its dominating granites of New England batholites. Ebor Falls in Guy Fawkes National Park gives us a final option for waterfall photography. Our inland journey home includes the country towns of Tenterfield, Wallangarra and Girraween National Park, completing our photographic journey. This holiday spends six nights in comfortable accommodation at Yamba, Dorrigo and Armidale.

 

Yuraygir NP, Yamba

Highlights include:

  • Soak up the ocean views and scenery in Iluka Nature Reserve, Yuraygir National Park and the Coffs Coast
  • Explore rainforest tracks, escarpment lookouts, waterfall walks and woodlands at Dorrigo and New England National Parks
  • Visit spectacular Wollomombi Falls, part of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
  • Enjoy the granites of New England batholith in Cathedral Rock National Park
  • View the granite outcrops of Girraween National Park
  • Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage and charm of the country towns we visit

New England National Park

Dates

21st to 27th of March 2021 (Pick-up from either Brisbane or Gold Coast)

Price

$AU4455 (plus GST) per person twin share.  Single Supplement $AU695 pp (plus GST)

Dorrigo National Park

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Meeting Point

Brisbane - Roma Street Station OR Gold Coast Airport

Transport

18 seater bus

Photography Level

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. You will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Yamba

Inclusions

  • 6 nights twin share accommodation - hotel accommodation with private facilities
  • Meals include - 6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, and 6 Dinners
  • All transfers as listed in itinerary
  • National Park entry fees
  • Professional photography tuition by pro photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic
  • Second guide/leader and driver, Graeme McGregor

Exclusions

  • Airfares & taxes to start / from end of tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Heavy or excess baggage
  • Travel insurance

Accommodation

  • Moby Dick Hotel – Yamba (2 nights)
  • Lookout Mountain Retreat – Dorrigo (2 nights)
  • Armidale Powerhouse – Armidale (2 nights)

Satin Bowerbird at bower

Your Leaders: Michael Snedic and Graeme McGregor

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty four years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. Michael is honoured to be a Nikon School tutor as well as The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Photo Competition Ambassador and judge for three years running.

Graeme McGregor is a geographer with a passion for discovering our natural and cultural environments, especially through walking. Some of Graeme’s early roles have included planning or managing numerous national parks and reserves in Queensland, and Northern New South Wales. He now lives in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Graeme is passionate about our natural and cultural environments and enjoys nothing more than sharing it with others.

MS bio shot

Itinerary

Day 1

Sun 21 March | Brisbane / Gold Coast Pick Up - Iluka Nature Reserve - Yamba

Your tour starts with a 9am pick up at Brisbane Roma Street Station, before we travel south for a second pick up at the Gold Coast Airport. From here we continue to the Northern Rivers area and take a leisurely stroll through the littoral rainforest of World Heritage listed Iluka Nature Reserve. We enjoy fresh fish and chips for lunch at the local fish co-op before continuing just across the river to Yamba.  This delightful village at the mouth of the Clarence River is our base for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Yamba

 

Dorrigo Rainforest

Day 2

Mon 22 March | Yuraygir National Park

Following breakfast, we explore the coastal surrounds of Yamba, including sections of Yuraygir National Park. The park protects the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in NSW and features long sandy beaches, rocky headlands, coastal heath, and abundant flora and fauna. We drive to the coastal village of Minnie Water to begin our exploration of this area, with easy walking options available. There is also the Wilsons Headland Walk with its panoramic ocean views and secluded coves.  We return to our accommodation in Yamba for free time.

Accommodation: Yamba

Meals: B, L, D

Guy Fawkes National Park

Day 3

Tue 23 March | Coffs Harbour - Dangar Falls - Dorrigo

This morning, we leave Yamba and explore further down the coast to Coffs Harbour. Known for its beaches and abundant wildlife, this NSW North Coast city is the gateway to Waterfall Way.  We take advantage of the spectacular scenery and stops may include Emerald beach, Sealey Lookout, and the charming town of Bellingen, on the banks of the Bellinger River. We break for lunch before travelling to Dangar Falls, a beautiful 30 metre waterfall set amidst scenic agricultural and dairy farmland. We end the days travel, checking into accommodation in Dorrigo, our base for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Dorrigo

Meals: B, L, D

Iluka

Day 4

Wed 24 March | Dorrigo National Park

Today we enjoy a full day in the Dorrigo area, starting with a visit to Dorrigo National Park’s rainforest visitor centre and skywalk. This short boardwalk soars over the edge of the escarpment some 21m above the rainforest and offers great views of the rainforest, the Bellingen Valley and east towards Coffs Harbour. We then enjoy part, or all the Wonga Walk in Dorrigo National Park. This easy 6km loop through the lush rainforest to Tristania and Crystal Falls. Following lunch at the Rainforest Café, we have the option to drive to Never Never Picnic Area for a section of the easy Rosewood Creek circuit walk. After a full day of forest photography, we return to our accommodation in Dorrigo for dinner.

Accommodation: Dorrigo

Meals:

Skywalk, Dorrigo NP

Day 5

Thu 25 March | New England & Oxley Wild Rivers National Parks - Armidale
Today we journey west on Waterfall Way to New England National Park, another section of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. At 1600m above sea level, we walk around the summit on the Point Lookout track to take in the magnificent views. We then explore part of the Lyrebird walking track, a 5.5km circuit through eucalypt forest and cool temperate rainforest, past babbling brooks, waterfalls and colourful heath. All the while we will listen for the calls and maybe see the display mounds and courtship of the local lyrebirds. We continue to the spectacular Wollomombi Falls within Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. These are one of the highest falls in NSW where the Wollomombi and Chandler Rivers meet and plunge 220m over dramatic cliffs into an enormous ravine. After viewing the falls from the lookout, we can do the easy circuit around the rim of the Wollomombi Gorge. We continue to the regional city of Armidale, our base for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Armidale

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 6

Fri 26 March | Cathedral Rock National Park - Armidale

Today we travel to the Cathedral Rock National Park. The granites of New England batholith, which formed deep beneath the earth’s surface 270 million years ago, dominate Cathedrals Rock National Park. Some areas of the park were badly affected by bushfire in early 2020, so you will notice changes to the landscape as well as signs of recovery. We have two options for our explorations today, depending on the parks conditions, the Woolpack Rocks loop or Cathedral Rock track. Both offer scenic views across the New England Tablelands.  Keep an eye out for Wedge-tailed eagles, cockatoos and Eastern grey kangaroos. In the afternoon, we make a stop at photogenic Ebor Falls before returning to our accommodation in Armidale where we enjoy our final dinner.
Accommodation: Armidale
Meals:
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Day 7

Sat 27 March | Tenterfield - Girraween National Park – Brisbane / Gold Coast

We leave charming Armidale and travel north on the New England highway to another historic town, Tenterfield. Known as the birthplace of Australia, this is the town where Sir Henry Parkes made his famous 1889 speech calling for Australia’s federation. There are many heritage-listed buildings to view. Time permitting, we also visit the Wallangarra Historic Railway Station on our way to Girraween National Park for a short walk. Girraween, meaning ‘place of flowers’, is a park of massive granite outcrops and precariously balanced boulders. We lunch in the area before travelling onwards to Brisbane, where our estimated drop off time is 4pm. We can also offer a drop to the Gold Coast Airport if required.

Meals: B, L

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To Make A Booking

Please contact Michael to be sent payment details

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$700 (plus GST). The balance will be due 90 days before the start of the workshop date.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation up to 91days before departure date, your is deposit forfeited
  • Between 90- 61 days if you cancel the whole tour, there will be a 50% cancellation fee
  • If you cancel within 60 days prior to the tour departure date, a 100% cancellation fee applies.

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8 Day Kakadu and Top End Photography Adventure – Northern Territory

  • Yellow Water - Kakadu N.P. - Northern Territory

*Nitmiluk Falls image courtesy of Charles Carmichael
*Saltwater Crocodile image courtesy of Geoffrey Reid
*Top End sunset image courtesy of Peter Eve

31st May - 7th June 2021

About the Workshop and Tour

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Capture the essence of tropical North Australia with your camera, on this 8 day photographic adventure. This unique photography adventure has been designed specifically with photographers in mind. One of the most pristine and photogenic regions in Australia,  immerse yourself in the nature and culture of Kakadu and the Top End. As well as being a bird watchers paradise, it has a rich and ancient Aboriginal culture, pristine and remote waterfalls, some unique flora and fauna, vast wetlands, spectacular gorges, amazing sunsets and wide open spaces.You can certainly escape the crowds here!

We’ll get the opportunity to photograph some of Kakadu’s 280 bird species, as well as the legendary saltwater crocodile, on two private wetland cruises, for our group only.  We’ll stay at a true Territory Cattle station and enjoy an Aussie BBQ and sunset at a special and private location on the property. We’ll cruise through the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge at sunset, stay at an exclusive safari camp in a restricted area of Kakadu, view ancient Aboriginal rock art, swim in beautiful waterfalls and enjoy sweeping vistas.

PLEASE NOTE: Rather than being crammed into small 4WD vehicles, you will travel in a 23 seater 6WD air conditioned bus, with a maximum of 12 passengers. This means each person you will have extra room for comfort and for your photographic equipment.

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Locations include:

  • Darwin
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mt  Bundy Station
  • Katherine
  • Nitmiluk Gorge
  • Yellow Waters Billabong
  • Nourlangie Rock
  • Cahills Crossing
  • Mary River
  • Fogg Dam

Dates

31st of May to 7th of June 2021 (start and finish from Darwin)

Price

$AU5895 (plus GST) per person Twin Share (Single Supplement $AU1100 plus GST)

Guides

Professional Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic and Experienced Top End Guide and driver, David Mobbs

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Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Meeting Point

Darwin - Northern Territory (WildNature Photo Expeditions can assist you with booking a room in Darwin at the beginning and the end of your photography adventure)

Accommodation

As per itinerary

Transport

23 seater 6WD air conditioned bus 'Tatra'. There will be a maximum 12-14 guests onboard, for maximum comfort, with two guides.

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Photography Level

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. You will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

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Inclusions

  • Sole use of 6WD tour coach, with air conditioning, tinted windows, reclining coach seats and speaker system with professional driver guide
  • All meals and some snacks
  • 8 nights tour accommodation, as listed including exclusive Hawk Dreaming touring for camp guests only
  • Kakadu park entry ticket
  • Private sunset Corroboree Billabong cruise
  • Private sunrise Yellow Waters cruise
  • Private BBQ dinner experience at Mt Bundy Station
  • Sunset dinner Nitmiluk Gorge cruise (not private)

Exclusions

  • Arrival/departure flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Airport transfers

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Your Tutor: Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been passionate about the natural world since he was very young and has now been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. He has also written many dozens of magazine articles on nature/photography since 2001, including Australian GeographicWildlife AustraliaBirdlife Australia, the UK’s BBC Wildlife and Australian Photography (Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine) which he has been a feature writer for since 2006.

Michael is honoured to be a Nikon School tutor as well as The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Photo Competition Ambassador and judge for three years running.

Itinerary

Arrival day into Darwin (D)

Upon arrival into Darwin, please make your way to our centrally located accommodation in Darwin City.

The rest of the day is at your leisure- perhaps relax in the hotel pool or take a walk along the Esplanade.

This evening we’ll have our first group dinner. Your driver guide and photography tour leader will run through the itinerary with you for the next week and this is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

Overnight accommodation- Hotel room with en-suite in Darwin city

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Day 1 (B,L,D)

An early start today (to beat other travellers), departing the hotel at 6.30am and heading south, to the beautiful Litchfield National Park.

We view the amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and we can have a swim at Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockholes which are a series of small waterfalls that are a great place to simply sit and relax. There is also a lovely hike along the riverbank from Florence Falls to Buley Rockholes,

Mid- afternoon we depart Litchfield and drive to Mt Bundy Station, which is our accommodation for this evening. The station has an interesting history and is set in a picturesque bush setting, attracting a multitude of wildlife- it’s fantastic for photography.

Once we’ve settled into our accommodation, we’ll depart for a special evening dinner experience, exclusively for our group ! About 3km away from the main station area (so no lights or other people !) is Racecourse Billabong. This is a lovely spot for photography with birds, cattle, floodplain, termite mounds, campfire, sunset and we can stop along the way too. Help yourself to the drinks and nibbles, while our dinner, an Outback BBQ is being prepared.

Overnight accommodation at Mt Bundy- rooms with air-con. There is a mix of double, twin and single rooms split between 2 buildings. Bathrooms are shared (2 bathrooms per building- suggest 1 male and 1 female)

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Day 2 (B,L,D)

A later start this morning, departing Mt Bundy around 10am. For the earlier risers, you may like to watch sunrise or take a wander around Mt Bundy and photograph the wildlife, including heaps of wallabies, water buffalo, horses, peacocks, donkeys and guinea fowl.

We’re heading south this morning to the township of Katherine, with a stop en-route in the historic town of Pine Creek. Once we reach Katherine, we make our way out to the Katherine Hot Springs. These natural thermal springs are a lovely spot for a dip in the warm waters, framed by native vegetation. For those that don’t want to swim, there are some short walking trails to enjoy too.

We check into our accommodation and after freshening up, we depart for nearby Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Late this afternoon you’ll cruise for 2 hours through the gorge, discovering the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people. Discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge, changing colour with the setting sun. The tour includes a three course candle light dinner, featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked on board, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, tea and coffee.

**please note that this is a public cruise, so there will be other people on board. Tables are 4 seater, so the group will be split up at different tables**

Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite in Katherine

Tourism NT and Geoffrey ReidImage courtesy of Tourism NT and Geoffrey Reid

Day 3 (B,L,D)

Departing Katherine, we now head north again to Leilyn (Edith Falls), which is also part of Nitmiluk National Park. Leilyn is well known for it’s picturesque waterfalls and pools, particularly the large pool at the base of the escarpment which is surrounded by pandanus palms and is a great spot for a swim. A large variety of birds can also be seen in this area.

You also have the option of taking the Leliyn Trail - a walk that takes you across the top of the waterfall, where you can have a swim in the upper rockpools and will get views of the waterfalls and Edith River from a couple of lookouts.

This afternoon,we make our way into World Heritage listed Kakadu National park through the southern entrance. Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia, has some of the world’s finest rock art and a variety of habitats, including floodplains and savannah woodlands.

Kakadu's many habitats support more than 280 species of birds, or about one-third of Australia's bird species. Some birds range over a number of habitats, but many are found in only one environment, including the Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Banded Fruit-Dove, White- Lined Honeyeater and the White-throated Grasswren, which are only found within or near Kakadu National Park.

Overnight accommodation in Kakadu- Kakadu Lodge Cooinda, motel rooms with en-suites (2 night stay)

Sunset over Yellow Water

Day 4 (B,L,D)

For those that want to watch sunrise, there is a walk down to the water at Home Billabong and the gardens surrounding the lodge are home to a variety of birds and wildlife.

This morning we travel to the very south of the park, and Gunlom. After a scenic drive in, on an unsealed dirt road, we reach a large plunge pool at the base of the waterfall, which is great for a swim. You also have the option to take the walk to the top of the falls where pristine rockpools and a spectacular view await you.

Late this afternoon we travel to Nawalandja lookout and the beautiful Angbangbang Billabong, where you have the choice of taking the loop walk around the billabong to watch the birds, or simply enjoy them from the picnic area. The short hike to Nawalandja lookout is rewarded by a magnificent view over the Arnhemland escarpment.

Overnight accommodation in Kakadu- Kakadu Lodge Cooinda, motel rooms with en-suites

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Day 5 (B,L,D)

We start today on a PRIVATE 2 hour sunrise Yellow Waters Billabong cruise for our group only. Located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, at least 60 bird species are found in these wetlands, the billabong is home to many saltwater crocodiles and you may see other wildlife such as Water Buffalo.

Back to the lodge for breakfast and check out. We now travel to the Bowali Visitor Centre (a permit condition for Photography groups), for a look around and a short briefing by park staff.

We have lunch, check into our accommodation and have some time to relax in our rooms.

Late this afternoon we drive to Ubirr in the very north of the park. Here we walk through galleries of ancient aboriginal rock art, which your guide will interpret. At the end of the walk we reach the top of the plateau, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular view over the floodplains and the Arnhemland escarpment. The escarpment is also home to a variety of birds including the Chestnut-Quilled Rock Pigeon, Banded Fruit- Dove, Whistling Kite, Bush Stone- Curlew as well as the short-eared rock wallaby. This is a great spot for sunset and we have plenty of time to enjoy this experience.

Overnight accommodation in Kakadu- Mercure Crocodile Hotel, hotel rooms with en-suites

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Day 6 (B,L,D)

Our destination this morning is Nourlangie Rock, which is an ancient Aboriginal shelter. Here we explore the area and the rock art, which you guide will interpret for you. This area is home to the Black Wallaroo (endemic to the Nourlangie area), short-eared rock wallaby, Banded Fruit- Dove, White-Lined Honeyeater and the Chestnut-Quilled Rock Pigeon.

We now travel north again, have lunch and this afternoon you are guests of the Bunitj Clan who are the traditional custodians of the Cannon Hill region. Tonight you’ll stay at the Hawk Dreaming safari camp, an exclusive, indigenous owned camp located in a restricted and culturally significant area of Kakadu National Park.

After you settle in, you are treated to exclusive guided touring to nearby rock art sites and a billabong to take in a spectacular sunset on the escarpment and over the wetlands while enjoying appetisers and cool drinks.

Overnight camp- Hawk Dreaming safari camp in safari tents with en-suites on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (DBB) basis
There is no air-con here but tents are fly screened allowing the cool air into the tents and they also have ceiling fans.

**please note that your Sacred Earth Safaris guide will not stay with you at Hawk Dreaming, as they have their own guides to look after you during your stay**

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Day 7 (B,L,D)

After breakfast you’ll meet up with your Sacred Earth Safaris driver guide again and drive to nearby Cahills Crossing. This is the crossing on the East Alligator River that separates Kakadu and Arnhemland and it’s notorious for the larger number of crocodiles that live in the area. We can view the crossing and crocodiles from the safety of the lookout !

We now start our journey back towards Darwin. En-route we call in to the beautiful Mamukala Wetlands, which can be viewed from the observation platform. Mamukala Wetlands are home to an array of wetland birds including thousands of Magpie Geese, Wandering and Whistling Ducks, Green- Pygmy Geese and Australian Pelicans. We may also see birds of prey, such as Black-breasted Buzzard and Square-tailed Kite.

After lunch we depart Kakadu and continue into the Mary River region. After a comfort and coffee stop, we continue to Corroboree Billabong, part of the Mary River Wetlands, which is teeming with bird life. Late this afternoon we’ll take a PRIVATE 2.5 hour sunset cruise (just our group !). The wet season transforms the wetlands into an inland sea and replenishes the earth after the long dry and fish, crocodiles and birds breed and flourish. As the flood waters subside, the dry season offers excellent opportunities for viewing birds and wildlife. Keep an eye out for Saltwater crocodiles, Water Buffalo, Wallabies and of course, birdlife.

Species of birds that can be found in the Mary River region include Gouldian Finch, Rufous Owl, Grey Goshawk, Great- Billed Heron, Black Bittern, Rainbow Pitta, Brolga, Jabiru, Kingfishers, Darters, Cormorants and Sea Eagles.

After the cruise we have dinner at a nearby roadhouse and then travel back to Darwin.

Overnight accommodation- Hotel room with en-suite in Darwin city

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Day 8 (B)

Our final early start (but worth it !) for a 1 hour drive out to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. These wetlands have international significance because of their beauty and natural ecosystems. A variety of fauna may be found here throughout the year as well as a large variety of birdlife (230 bird species have been listed in this area by The Australian Bird Atlas).

As well as viewing the wetland birds as we drive across the dam wall, we also have the option of taking one of woodlands walks- either the 2.7k Monsoon Forest Walk or the 2.2km Woodlands to Waterlily Walk.

Along with wetlands birds, such as Brolga, Jabiru, Comb Crested Jacana, Sacred Kingfishers and Royal Spoonbills, we may also have the opportunity to see a range of other birds such as Crimson finches, Double Barred Finches, Rainbow Bee-Eaters and the Rainbow Pitta.

After several hours to explore and enjoy this nature hotspot, we return to Darwin, arriving at approximately 12 noon.

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To Make A Booking

Please contact Michael to be sent payment details

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$900 (plus GST). The balance will be due 90 days before the start of the workshop date.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation up to 91days before departure, deposit forfeited
  • Between 90- 61 days if you cancel the whole tour, there will be a 50% cancellation fee
  • If the whole tour is cancelled within 60 days prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee applies.

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