The workshop is strictly limited to six photographers and has been designed to provide the very best photographic experience in some of the best locations across the Great Ocean Road and Tasmania. It is for photographers looking for a fantastic experience who want to be in the right place at the right time – when the light is at its absolute best.
This photography workshop is for twelve days (eleven nights). In May sunrise is approximately 7:00am and sunset around 5:30pm, giving us plenty of time for photography. We will be working in the style of professional landscape photographers and as such will be most active during the early mornings and late afternoons. There will be some moderate walking on uneven ground and some optional longer hikes at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. A reasonable level of fitness is therefore recommended. There is no obligation to participate in any of the longer hikes and there will be alternative options available if you prefer not to participate in hiking activities.
We will be staying in high quality accommodation with private rooms and bathrooms at each location. Breakfast and dinners will usually be held either at our hotels or nearby restaurants. However, this workshop is all about photography and we will be putting in some long hours in the field to ensure that we give ourselves the best possible opportunities to capture dramatic and powerful photographs. We may take food and drink with us into the field in some areas so that we are in position and ready to photograph during the best light of the day. Our transportation for the duration of the workshop will be in large, comfortable 4-Wheel Drive vehicles (three participants per vehicle plus one guide). Each vehicle has sufficient space for our luggage and camera equipment.
Day two PORT CAMPBELL
We will rise in time for sunrise at one of the Great Ocean Road’s many iconic locations. Based at nearby Port Campbell we have many different options to choose from and will make our decision on where to photograph based on the prevailing weather. After breakfast and a short break we will spend the remainder of the day exploring other locations along the Great Ocean Road.
Day three PORT CAMPBELL – LAUNCESTON
Another early start will see us back out in the field in time for sunrise at either Loch Ard Gorge or Gibson’s Steps before we return for breakfast. After breakfast we will check out of our accommodation and return to Melbourne airport in time for our one hour flight to Launceston in Tasmania. On arrival in Launceston we will transfer to our accommodation for the evening.
Day four LAUNCESTON – CRADLE MOUNTAIN-LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK
In the morning we will depart for the World Heritage Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (a drive of approximately 3 hours) where we will be based for the next three nights. We will enter the park in time for sunset and the best light.
Day five CRADLE MOUNTAIN-LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK
We will rise in time for a sunrise photography session at the magni cent Dove Lake overlooking Cradle Mountain. After breakfast we will explore the park both in car and on foot as we take in the surroundings. If the weather permits we may take the one hour return walk to the ancient ballroom forest where we can spend time photographing the old-growth rainforest.
Day six CRADLE MOUNTAIN-LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK
Another sunrise session along the shores of Dove lake before breakfast and then it’s time to don our backpacks to explore one of the many short walks in the park. After lunch we will explore other areas of the park before our evening session by the lake.
Day seven CRADLE MOUNTAIN-LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK – STRAHAN
Today we will have our last sunrise photography session at Cradle Mountain before we return to our accommodation and check out after breakfast. We will drive over to the wild west coast, to the small town of Strahan where we will be based for two nights.
Day eight STRAHAN
We will rise early this morning in time for our private boat charter up the spectacular Gordon River. We will photograph the pristine old-growth forest and spectacular landscape from our 33-foot vessel as we cruise up to Hells Gates. Returning after lunch we will re-group before we board another vessel and head out to Bonnet Island at sunset to photograph the landscape and Little Penguins (formally known as the Fairy Penguins).
Day nine STRAHAN – FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
We depart Strahan after breakfast and make our way over to the east coast to Freycinet National Park, where we will be based for the next two nights. Our objective is the magnificent granite strewn beaches of Freycinet National Park. We will arrive at our accommodation at Freycinet National Park in time for the evenings sunset photography session.
Day ten FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
We will have a full day today to explore and photograph inside Freycinet National Park.
Day eleven FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK – HOBART
After a sunrise photography session at the wild and rugged coastline we will return for breakfast and check out of our accommodation. Our next stop is Hobart, the capital of Tasmania where we will be based for our final night. In the afternoon we will drive up to the top of Mount Wellington to photograph the rocky landscape at sunset.
Day twelve DEPART
Today is our final day and we conclude our workshop after breakfast. If you are flying out of Tasmania on the 21st you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight. Accommodation for this night can be arranged for guests who plan to fly home the following day.
Note: The weather in Australia and Tasmania is extremely varied. We reserve the right to make last-minute changes to the itinerary to both avoid bad weather and to take advantage of good weather and light as the conditions permit.
The expedition fee is $16,850 AUD per person.
• All in-tour land transportations and guide services
• Your airfare from Melbourne to Launceston in Tasmania
• Accommodation for eleven nights in private rooms
• Food and beverages including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (excluding alcohol)
• All tuition, National Parks Passes and guiding services
• Any travel services required to arrive at the starting location in Melbourne
• Any travel services required to travel home from the finishing location in Hobart
• Any taxes, levies, insurances, Immigration, duty, visa fees where applicable
• Any personal items including alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and travel insurance
A deposit of $3,000 AUD must be paid at time of booking to secure your place, a further payment of $5000 AUD is due by November 1st 2018 with the balance due 90 DAYS prior to the workshop commencement date. Deposit Methods Accepted: Credit card Visa/Mastercard (+3%) or Direct Deposit.
It is mandatory that you purchase travel insurance in the event of illness or any other emergency which delays or otherwise prevents you from traveling on the trip.
Refunds and Cancellations
Our standard workshop policy requires an initial non-refundable deposit for reservation of your space and your payment balance in full 90 days prior to the commencement of the workshop date, unless otherwise noted. If we do not receive the balance on or before the due date, and we are unable to get in contact with you via the contact details you have provided, we will try to fill your spot off the waiting list.
If the workshop is canceled for any reason, your deposit will be refunded in full. Wild Nature Photo Travel Pty Ltd. trading as Joshua Holko Photography and Joshua Holko are not responsible for any financial commitments that registered attendees have with any third parties such as airlines or other travel services. We recommend that you do not book any flights or accommodation until such time as your registration has been confirmed and your deposit paid.
NEW for 2019
▫ The Great Ocean Road including the Twelve Apostles
▫ Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake
▫ Gordon River private photography cruise
▫ Kangaroos, koalas, wombats and other wildlife
▫ Freycinet National Park
▫ Travel by luxury 4WD vehicles
▫ Gourmet meals and quality accommodation
Since founding New Zealand’s first photography workshop company in 2005, Phillip has been privileged to guide, and teach, photographers from around the world, from absolute beginners to respected professionals. In-depth knowledge of the New Zealand landscape, coupled with his understanding of seasonal conditions and weather nuances is the reason why he is New Zealand’s most sought-after Photography Guide.
The most valuable asset of digital photography, from a learning perspective, is being able to instantly assess each capture. This is immensely helpful when Phillip is teaching out in the field, assisting guests develop their individual creativity and master new techniques. You are welcome to join Phillip photographing the stunningly beautiful landscapes of the Great Ocean Road and Tasmanian Wilderness.
Joshua studied with distinction at the Australian Photography Studies College and the Australian College of Journalism. He is a fully accredited member of the (AIPP) Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and an awarded Master Photographer.
In 2015 Joshua was named Global Arctic Photographer of the Year with 5 medals across multiple categories. You are welcome to join Joshua on this exciting new workshop.