2nd to 6th of May 2022
Come along and photograph beautiful Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, during the incredible autumn-colour changes of the Nothofagus Gunnii (Deciduous Beech Tree)
About the Workshop and Tour:
Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic, on this exciting new photography tour of Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, in autumn!
'The golden-orange autumn colours of the deciduous beech Nothofagus gunnii – also known as ‘Fagus’– make autumn a delight in alpine areas like the Overland Track and Mt Field. Fagus is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree – it usually changes colour around the Anzac Day holiday (April 25) and holds its colour into May’ (text from Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website)
2nd to 6th of May 2022 (five days/four nights)
Cradle Mountain – Tasmania
$AU3495 (plus GST) per person Twin Share (Single Supplement available for $595 plus GST)
12 seater bus. All transport within Tasmania is included, starting and finishing in Launceston.
Launceston pick up available from either the Grand Chancellor Hotel or the Launceston Transit Centre. Participants will need to arrive in Launceston the day before and stay one night after the workshop.
Cradle Mountain Hotel, Tasmania (Deluxe Room - twin share)
Photography Skill 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.
“In May 2018 I joined Michael on his photography workshop to Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. What a wonderful location to indulge my passion for photography – beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna. Regardless of the weather there was always an opportunity to make imagery and to learn.
Michael and Ben Fewtrell (who co-presents the workshop with Michael) provided friendly and knowledgeable advice and assistance with camera gear, settings and post-processing of images in Lightroom to ensure we achieved the best results possible.
Aside from the wonderful location, I also enjoy the camaraderie shared with workshop participants who willingly share their experiences and knowledge.
As a participant, arrangements for accommodation, meals and transport were comfortable and seamless.
Cradle Mountain was my second workshop in Tasmania with Michael, my first was to the Tarkine region. With the diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna available to see in Tasmania I plan to participate in future workshops with Michael.
Whatever your skill level, if you wish to improve your photography, I have no hesitation in recommending participation in Michael Snedic’s Wildnature Photo Expeditions :-))”
Julie Westley – Middle Park, Brisbane, Queensland
- Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic
- Four nights accommodation at the Cradle Mountain Hotel (Deluxe Room - twin share)
- All meals (as specified)
- Transport in Tasmania in a 12 seater bus
- Entry to ‘Devils at Cradle’ Wildlife Sanctuary
- Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife permit fees
- Transport to/from Tasmania & all associated expenses;
- Hotel “in-room” expenses
- Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages and barista made coffees
- Accommodation at Launceston before and after tour
About Your Photography Tutors:
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 Geographic, Wildlife Australia, Birdlife 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 Queensland's only Nikon School Tutor (but is proficient in all camera makes and brands)
You will be picked up in Launceston, either from the Grand Chancellor Hotel or the Launceston Transit Centre, where we will drive our bus to Cradle Mountain Hotel, our base for the duration of the photo tour. After checking in and a short break, we will get together for a briefing, before heading to Dove Lake for our first sunset shoot, followed by a scrumptious dinner.
Today we will shoot sunrise at Dove Lake, as well as exploring the ancient alpine rainforest of the region. We will then visit Waldheim, a rustic hut nestled deep in the rainforest, surrounded by ancient rainforests and autumn fungi in the rainforest. In the afternoon we will head to the famous ‘Devils At Cradle' then go for an explore with our cameras around the hotel. Here we will photograph anything we can find!
After breakfast, we will be taking a stroll around Dove Lake, photographing the wonderful plants and landscapes the area has to offer. The ‘Nothofagus’ (Beech Trees) losing their leaves will make for some great images! Lunch will be a ‘packed lunch’ out in the field. Back for the afternoon for a break, dinner, then out for another sunset session at Dove Lake. This time we will attempt (weather permitting), some ‘astro photography’!
A second attempt at sunrise at Dove Lake, followed by breakfast. We will then spend the morning photographing the rainforest landscapes and fungi along the ‘Enchanted Walk’ and ‘Waterfalls Walk’, which include the waterfall at Pencil Pine Falls. Back for lunch and some free time. In the afternoon, we head to Ronney Creek to photograph echidnas, wombats and wallabies!
Should we have missed out on a sunrise at Dove Lake due to possible inclement weather, we will return for one last attempt. Otherwise, we will head on out and do some more exploring with our camera. A packed lunch will be organised for our trip back to our starting point in Launceston
Autumn weather is very changeable, especially in the mountains and west coast. Participants would be well advised to check the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather forecast for Cradle Mountain in the days leading up to the Workshop before making final decisions on what to pack, but as with any outdoor activities, it is important that you are properly prepared for all kinds of weather.
Things To Bring
A substantial list of items to bring will be forwarded to you during the booking process. Warm and water proof clothing is essential, as is all your own personal camera gear.
To Make A Booking
Please contact Michael to be sent payment details
Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of a deposit of AU$750.00 (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 non-refundable or transferable. 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.
*Approved Operator with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service
WildNature COVID 19 Cancellation Policy:
In the event of the cancellation of the 5 day Cradle Mountain photography workshop, 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, less any cancellation fees incurred by the operator from the tour accommodation and activity suppliers.