Kimberley Photography Adventure 2022

Strap on your adventure boots, photographers! Here is a tour that takes you into the heart of the East Kimberley Wilderness!


Tour dates: 15 June – 21 June 2022
Tour length: 7 days
Led by: Seng Mah and Pamela Jennings
Number of guests: 6
This tour begins and finishes in Kununurra
Pace: Easy-Medium. Some locations will require hiking on tracks.

Cockburn Ranges
Lake Argyle

Are you an avid photographer seeking adventure in one of Western Australia’s most remote wilderness? Are you keen to explore a region ripe with photographic opportunities — rugged outback landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, cattle stations, wetlands and the magnificent Lake Argyle?

This seven-day tour covers some of the best photographic locations in the remote region of East Kimberley. Departing from Kununurra, you travel by 4WD to the Lower Ord River, a region rich in wildlife: birds, crocs and more!

You will also love exploring the wilderness area around El Questro Wilderness Park, soak in thermal pools surrounded by palm trees and experience the unique Kimberley hospitality in your stay at Diggers Rest, a cattle station in the East Kimberley.

The tour caps off with a stay on the shores of the magnificent Lake Argyle, surrounded by a landscape dating back eons.

Enjoy a wide range of photographic topics and locations with our small group of like-minded photographers, while we have the time of our lives in the Kimberley. You will also be supported in your photography with tips, guidance and instructions from two award-winning professional photographers and educators: Seng and Pamela!


Tour Highlights

DAY 1: KUNUNURRA TO ORD RIVER
Boab tree
Ord River

Your tour begins with your tour leaders picking you up from your hotel (or airport if you plan on arriving just before the tour start time) at 3.30pm. We head straight out to our private safari camp on the Lower Ord River. it promises to be a great first night; clear skies, a campfire and great Kimberley hospitality.


DAY 2: ORD RIVER PRIVATE CAMP
Cruise on the Ord River
Crocodile
Wetland bird
Cambridge Gulf tidal flats.

Breakfast with the finches that come to visit the bird bath as we enjoy our home made breakfast this morning.  Later in the morning we will visit Wyndham, the oldest town in WA where we can take our optional helicopter flight over the amazing Cambridge Gulf tidal flats.   It is one of the best places in Australia to get this type of images. *Please note that helicopters are based in Kununurra, so flight time from Kununurra to Wyndham are included in the flight cost.

In the afternoon light it’s time to go out on the Ord River in purpose-built dinghies photographing the tropical river-life on a four hour cruise.  We capture abundant birdlife in its native habitat and it’s one of the few places in Australia where you can photograph freshwater and saltwater crocodiles’ side by side.


DAY 3: EL QUESTRO
Zebedee Springs
Zebedee Springs Falls
Boab tree

This morning we head over to Marglu Billabong in Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.  It is part of the larger Ord River floodplain and a great spot to see a variety of tropical wetland birds.

We then depart the Ord River Camp and travel the Gibb River Road passing the beautiful Cockburn Ranges and into the area around El Questro Wilderness Park, where we will explore one of the beautiful gorges.  Time permitting for sunset, we will capture amazing scenes of boab trees as well as the Cockburn Range glowing in the last light of the day.

Note: our accommodation at the Ord River Camp will be on a shared basis (due to limitations in tents). If you have booked a single supplement for this tour, this has been taken into account in the costing of the single supplement.


DAY 4: EL QUESTRO TO DIGGERS REST STATION
Gibb River Road
Diggers Rest

In the morning, a short drive takes us to a series of thermal pools that make up Zebedee Springs. We can laze our time away soaking up the beautiful views and relaxing warm waters surrounded by palm trees. If you can be bothered reaching for the camera we have landscape, macro and bird photography options here.

In the afternoon, we drive along the Gibb River Road to Diggers Rest Station, a cattle station nestled on the banks of the tidal King River in the East Kimberley.

The majestic Cockburn Ranges to the West and the Erskine Ranges to the East provide a stunning backdrop to the station, which was one of the locations used in the filming of Baz Luhrmann’s film Australia.

In the early evening, while sitting around the homestead campfire, you will be entertained by the kookaburras calling and the whistling ducks flying overhead. We don’t have to go far for a stunning sunset shoot full of boab trees and beautiful light

Tonight we make ourselves comfortable in their Bush Huts with starlight showers and a wonderful view over the boab-filled paddocks towards the Cockburn Range. This is a complete contrast from bustling El Questro station.


DAY 5: DIGGERS REST STATION STAY
Boab at Diggers Rest
Birds
Finches

Waking to the calls of the butcher bird, corellas,and the trumpeting brolgas, we will embark on a sunrise shoot to capture the landscape and birdlife. After breakfast we will explore the stations varying  habitats that include rock escarpment, riverine, billabong, flood plain, and tidal mangrove searching for birds.  These could include the Spinifex Pigeon, the White Quilled Rock Pigeon, the Red-Backed Fairy Wren and many of the finches – Masked, Long-Tailed, Star, Crimson, Zebra, Double Bar and Gouldian. 

Cattle continue to be an important aspect of life on Digger’s Rest Station, and the annual muster will be taking place while we are here in June.  There may be opportunities to photograph some of the action.


DAY 6: LAKE ARGYLE
Lake Argyle

It will be hard to drag ourselves away from this Boab tree paradise but we are moving to the equally stunning location of Lake Argyle east of Kununurra. Once a great valley home to the local Mirriwung Gajjerong people, this vast freshwater lake is nestled amongst a rugged billion year old landscape.  

The immense freshwater lake formed by the damning of the mighty Ord River has created an amazing marine environment with over 70 islands and countless bays and beaches. The best way to see this amazing landscape is to join a sunset cruise to photograph the local wildlife and the rich colours of the landscape at sunset. 

We overnight at Lake Argyle Resort with its famous infinity pool, and enjoy our group dinner (included in the tour price) to wrap up our amazing East Kimberley experience.


DAY 7: LAKE ARGYLE AND RETURN TO KUNUNURRA

This morning we can go for a bird /bush walk or take in the view from the infinity pool, before we check out and drop you off at your accommodation or at the airport if you have a flight departing in the afternoon.


What’s Included

  • Land transport in air-conditioned 4WD vehicles (three guests per vehicle).
  • All accommodation during the tour (6 nights)
  • All photographic tuition and guidance during the tour.
  • Group dinner on the evening of Day 6 of the tour (at Lake Argyle). Note this does not include alcoholic beverages.


Exclusions

  • Flights to/from Kununurra.
  • Meals and drinks (except the group dinner noted above).
  • Helicopter flight – optional. We will provide you with the price of the helicopter flight closer to the date of the tour.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Photographic equipment. You will need to bring/supply your own cameras, lenses, tripods, batteries, filters, memory cards and so on.
  • Personal expenses, including laundry, wi-fi, medication and incidental meals.
  • Any transport or activities outside of the tour itinerary.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance remains your responsibility for this tour.


Price of Tour

  • AUD$6200 per person if twin-sharing with your partner or spouse, or a photographer friend who is also a paying guest on this tour. Note that because of the limited number of participants on this tour, non-photographer partners/spouses will still need to pay the full price for the tour.
  • AUD$6800 per person with your own room* during the tour. (Note that the Ord River Camp does not have private rooms available and so accommodation for our one there will be on a shared basis).

Note that the pricing above assumes 6 guests on this tour (minimum of 6 guests to run this tour). We may still run this tour with 4 or 5 guests, but there will be a supplement between $400 – $800 depending on the final number of guests, if fewer than six guests.


Reserve your Place

A deposit of AUD$1500 will secure you a place on this tour. This deposit is refundable if the tour is cancelled by the organiser (we require a minimum of 6 guests to run this tour). The final payment of the balance is due by 31 March 2022.

Before booking on this tour, please read our Photo Tour Terms and Conditions, especially our Covid-19 refund policy if this tour cannot run due to the impact of Covid-19 induced lockdowns or travel restrictions.

To join this tour or contact us with your questions, please use the form below or email seng [at] venturephotography.com.au or telephone 0417 604 614.

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