Tour dates: 11 April - 19 April 2020
Tour length: 9 days
Led by: Ty Stedman
Minimum 6 guests. Maximum 8 guests.
This tour begins and finishes in Perth.
Pace: Easy to moderate. Some locations will require hiking (along graded tracks) of between 20 minutes each way.
Western Australia is one of Australia's most beautiful and diverse States, boasting a range of environments and landscapes ripe for your exploration and photography. "The Wonders of Western Australia" is a photography tour designed for landscape photographers who are keen to experience and photograph some of the most unique landscapes to be found in Western Australia, while also sampling some of the delights that are on offer here!
Led by award-winning landscape photographer, Ty Stedman, you will enjoy sights, sounds and tastes unique to Western Australia -- from the prehistoric formations at Wave Rock, to the emerald-blue bays of Rottnest; the startling colours of the Turquoise Coast and the red rock of the cliffs and gorges of Kalbarri National Park. This is a tour that's full of iconic Western Australian landscapes and experiences!
Pick up from Perth Hotel 9.30am for our transfer to Hyden, the home of the famous Wave Rock of Western Australia. You will be visiting Wave Rock during the afternoon, followed by a sunset shoot at the still and reflecting Lake Magic at sunset. With its calm waters and surrounded by the remains of trees, Lake Magic presents many facets for unique photography. Weather permitting, you will be transferred to Wave Rock after dinner to photograph the rock with the Milky Way rising above it.
We begin with an optional sunrise shoot at Lake Magic or Wave Rock before returning to the hotel for breakfast, and then transfer to Fremantle, with a stopover in the historic town of York for lunch and a short exploration of this unique town right in the wheat and sheep belt of Western Australia. Your afternoon will be spent at the historic port city of Fremantle, with sunset shoot opportunities at Fishing Boat Harbour or Fremantle Harbour.
We catch the fast ferry (30 mins) to Rottnest Island, Western Australia’s very own island paradise, with aquamarine bays and coves, white sand and the famous quokkas. Your time in Rottnest includes a round island bus trip, where you’ll have the opportunity to stop at a couple of bays and coves to explore and photograph. In the afternoon, you’ll catch the return ferry back to Fremantle. Overnight in Fremantle.
After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Fremantle, for our journey to Lancelin (about 2.5 hours), where you’ll participate in a 4WD and Sandboarding tour of the epic sand dunes of Lancelin. Lunch is in Lancelin, after which we transfer to Jurien Bay, a small town along the Turquoise Coast of Western Australia. You will photograph the old Jurien Bay jetty at sunset.
We have an early start from Jurien Bay to shoot the sunrise at Sandy Cape Dunes, after which we return to Jurien Bay for breakfast and to check out of out hotel. We depart Jurien Bay for Kalbarri with several stops along the way to photograph the wind-blown trees near Greenough, visit the historic village of Greenough for photography, and lunch in Geraldton. We arrive in Jurien Bay in the late afternoon for a quick check-in before departing for Red Bluff for a sunset shoot. Overnight in Kalbarri.
Our destination this morning is the remarkable Pink Lake for a sunrise shoot. After sunrise, we return to Kalbarri for breakfast. In the morning and afternoon, we will embark on scenic flights in two separate groups, which will give you an incredible bird’s eye view of the rugged landscape of the Golden West. In the late afternoon, we depart for sunset at the Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park.
This morning is devoted to shooting the sunrise at the iconic Nature’s Window in Kalbarri National Park. We will depart Kalbarri early and make our way to the National Park, where a 20 minute trek to Nature’s Window will see us arrive to photograph the landscape at sunrise. We return to Kalbarri for breakfast, and depart after breakfast to transfer to Cervantes. Cervantes is famous for its lobster fishing, sand dunes and the iconic Pinnacles Desert – an incredible landscape of desert sand and limestone pinnacle formations in Nambung National Park. We will be photographing at the Pinnacles at sunset, returning again after dinner to photograph the Milky Way in the Pinnacles.
After breakfast, we transfer to the Lobster Shack for a Sea Lion and Lobster Tour, which will see you embark on a boat to pull up some lobster pots and visit a sea lion colony off the coast of Cervantes. You’ll enjoy lunch on a deck at the Lobster Shack, tasting some of Western Australia’s scrumptious seafood. In the late afternoon, we return to the Pinnacles again, this time to a different location, to photograph the sunset. After dinner, we embark on another Milky Way shoot at the Pinnacles.
The final day of the tour starts early as we head to the Ice-Cream Dunes (about 30 minutes from Cervantes) to photograph the sunrise there. The light of the rising sun on the gentle slopes of the sandy dunes give these dunes its name as the soft, white sand resembles mounds of ice-cream in the light. We return to Cervantes for breakfast, and then depart for our return journey to Perth where you will be dropped off at your Perth hotel
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).
Final payment of the balance is due by 10 January 2020.
For details of the Terms and Conditions of our tours, including cancellation charges, please read our Photography Tours Terms and Conditions.
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.