29th of August - 4th September 2021
About Carnarvon Gorge
Hidden in the Central Highlands of Queensland, some 730kms northwest of Brisbane, Carnarvon Gorge is an oasis in the middle of a semi-arid landscape. It features vibrantly coloured side-gorges, Aboriginal Art, and massive white sandstone cliffs. Remnant rainforest flourishes in the side-gorges, while ancient cycads, a variety of ferns, eucalyptus trees, flowering shrubs and the endemic Carnarvon Fan Palms line the main gorge.
Carnarvon Gorge also features an amazing array of flora and fauna, including 173 different bird species!
Aboriginal rock art hangs over the sandstone walls. Freehand paintings, ochre stencils and rock engravings are easily seen from the platform and are some of the best examples of Aboriginal Rock Art in Australia.
Photography Tuition - Michael Snedic will be giving plenty of professional photography tuition throughout the workshop, enabling you to capture the best images of the incredible landscapes, fauna and flora that Carnarvon Gorge has to offer
Landscape locations include:
- Art Gallery - Aboriginal Art
- Moss Gardens
- Ward's Canyon
- Boolimbah Bluff
- Mickey Creek Gorge
- Warrimbah Gorge
- Nature Trail
- Rock Pool
- Baloon Cave
- Devil's Sign Post
- Nuga Nuga NP Lake (outside of Carnarvon NP)
- And lots more!
Wildlife highlights include:
- Numerous Bird Species
- Five Glider Species - Greater, Yellow-bellied, Feathertail, Sugar and Squirrel
- Pretty-faced Wallabies
- Swamp WallabiesWallaroos
- Lace Monitors and other lizards
29th of August to 4th of September 2021 (start and finish in Brisbane)
$AU3895 (plus GST) per person Twin Share (Single Supplement $AU595 plus GST)
Professional Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic and experienced Carnarvon Gorge Guide and driver, Damian Caling
Brisbane (exact location to be advised)
4 nights accommodation at Takarakka Bush Resort - Accommodation includes Kookaburra Studios, The Cottage and Explorer Cabins
2 nights accommodation at Chinchilla Motor Inn (on the way up and on the way back)
We will travel by air-conditioned bus from Brisbane
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.
Fitness level - a reasonable level of fitness is required for this workshop, due to hiking with photography gear each day.
- Professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic
- Guiding by experienced Carnarvon Gorge Guide, Damian Caling
- 4 nights accommodation at Takarakka Bush Resort - Accommodation will be a mixture of Kookaburra Studios, The Cottage and Explorer Cabins
- 2 nights accommodation at the Chinchilla Motor Inn (on the way up and on the way back)
- All meals
- Transport in an air-conditioned bus from Brisbane and return
- Any extras purchases including coffees, teas, drinks etc from cafes
- Any alcohol
Michael Snedic is a professional photographer and founder of WildNature Photo Expeditions is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers. He is honoured to be a Nikon School tutor, The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Photo Competition Ambassador and judge for three years running, as well as a writer for UK based NatureTTL.
Damian Caling is an experienced eco tour guide. He spent years guiding in Carnarvon Gorge and knows the area like the back of his hand! Damian was also supervisor of guides at Binna Burra Lodge, in Lamington National Park.
Day 1 (L,D)
You will be picked up late morning in an air conditioned bus by Michael and Damian, from your Brisbane location (exact location to be confirmed). We will have lunch on the way to our destination in Chinchilla, with wildlife and landscape photography stops on the way.
Our first night's accommodation will be at the Chinchilla Motor Inn
Day 2 (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will head for Carnarvon Gorge. There will be various photographic stops on the way and we should arrive at Takarakka Bush Retreat in the early afternoon.
Once you have settled in to your accommodation, we will explore the local surrounds with our cameras. This will include looking for platypus near sunset and other wildlife such as echidnas, wallabies and numerous birds.
Day 3 (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, we will head out to The Art Gallery and Ward's Canyon for some photography. There are plenty of photographic subjects along the way, too! Back for lunch, then we will venture out to the photogenic Mickey Creek Gorge and Warrumbah Gorge.
You will have time to relax later in the afternoon. After dinner, we will do some spotlighting for the many nocturnal animals that frequent the area.
Day 4 (B,L,D)
This morning we will head out bright and early for some bird photography around the retreat, to try and capture some of the myriad of birds found at Carnarvon Gorge. Back for breakfast, then it's we will break into two groups. One group will hike the steep climb to Boolimbah Bluff, where you will be able to photograph the view from the very top of the bluff, overlooking the incredibly beautiful expanse of Carnarvon Gorge. The second group will walk along some of the flatter, easier trails in the area.
After lunch we will visit the Ampitheatre and the Moss Gardens, two of the most amazing locations in Carnarvon Gorge.
After dinner, we will drive to a location on the rim of the gorge, where we will do some astro photography
Day 5 (B,L,D)
Today, we will visit Baloon Cave and the Devil's Sign Post. There will also be another bird and wildlife photography session.
Being our last full day at Carnarvon, Michael and Damian will also take participants back to some places photographers wish to revisit.
Day 6 (B,L,D)
After breakfast and packing up, we will drive to Nuga Nuga National Park, which is on the way out of the gorge. There is a lake there with dead trees protruding from it, with a mountain backdrop. An absolute must for photography!
There will also be other photography stops on the way to Chinchilla, with lunch 'on the road'.
We will arrive in Chinchilla late afternoon, staying at the Chinchilla Motor Inn.
Day 7 (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we leave for Brisbane with various photography stops along the way.
Our arrival into Brisbane should be around mid afternoon, where the workshop will officially come to an end.
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 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.
WildNature COVID 19 Cancellation Policy:
In the event of the cancellation of a workshop or tour by WildNature Photo Expeditions, or you are unable to travel to the state of the workshop or tour due to Government-imposed travel restrictions, specifically due to COVID 19, you will be eligible for the following:
- A full refund OR
- A full credit of monies paid towards the identical photography workshop/tour that was cancelled (at a future date) OR
- A full credit of monies paid towards any other WildNature Photo Expeditions workshop or tour (no expiry date)