Kalgoorlie- Boulder & Goldfields Photography tour | WA

2.5 days  |  A superlative 2.5 day photographic adventure centred around Western Australia’s Goldfields surrounding Kalgoorlie.
    Join professional photographers Serena Pearce from Perth’s Code Lime Photography and Andrew Thomasson from Focus 10 Photography in Sydney for a 2.5 day fascinating and insightful journey into outback adventure photography. Our hands-on, casual, practical style will make this an experience to remember that is packed with fun in a relaxed environment where you will learn to take great images you can treasure forever!

tour dates:   22, 23, 24 Sept 2018

Timed to coincide with the start of the region’s premium Kalgoorlie Race Round and Western Australia's wildflower season, this tour will also include photographing the characters and cowboys of the region, Anthony Gormleys iconic iron statues on the saltpans of Lake Ballard, and afternoon beverages at the famous Broad Arrow Hotel... famous for its proliferation of graffiti in the form of signature tags covering every inch of this colourful corrugated building.

The tour will also include photographic tutorials and workshops focused around many of the heritage and architectural sites Kalgoorlie-Boulder has to offer such as sunset overlooking the Superpit and natural, low light photography at the recently refurbished beautiful Palace Hotel, the huge Poppet Mining Heads that provide impressive silhouettes against the skyline, lifestyle photography with a Bordello tour of Questa Casa (a working brothel) and shooting sport, action and fashion at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Races

Our tour commences over the long weekend of the Kalgoorlie Race Round so why not take the opportunity to stay longer and enjoy everything this annual event that has been running since 1896 has to offer - bush two-up, The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cup, local festivals, comedy and all the history this great place exudes


Trip Highlights


■ The amazing glass bottle and ancient pharmacy collections at the Coolgardie Museum

■ Explore the saltpans of Lake Ballard to discover the Antony Gormley statues

■ Cool beverages at the iron clad Broad Arrow Tavern

■ Bush Two-Up at its best

■ Discovering the secrets and lives of the girls on a tour of a working brothel

■ Photographing the fillys, fascinators and fascinating at Kalgoorlie Race Day

■ Heritage and Architectural photography in the many iconic buildings in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Photographic outcomes:
■ Complete understanding of your DLSR, compact or film camera functions
■ Accessories such as tripods, Speedlites and filters
■ Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective
■ Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation
■ Portraiture, landscapes, macro, reportage, still life, action, motion, architecture
■ How to shoot landscapes and sunset shots
■ Nature, flowers and macro photography
■ Photo reportage shots of the local characters, cowboys and fillies
■ Facades of buildings demonstrating perspective control
■ Use of your flash & portrait shooting techniques
■ Interior low light, photography in historic pubs
■ Showing motion and panning on the rodeo shoots
■ Architecture photography techniques
■ Editing software and knowledge of the digital workflow
■ An insight into photographing for personal, stock, editorial and commercial use


Day One Saturday 22 September, 2018

0740: Depart from your chosen accommodation and travel to Coolgardie. Wander through the Exhibition Museum and along the Coolgardie main street.

0900: Depart Coolgardie Visitor Centre and continue your adventure to Ora Banda on dirt roads via Kunanulling and the beginning of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail http://www.goldfieldstourism.com.au/Attractions/tabid/62/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/12/Goldfields-Exhibition-Museum.aspx

1000: Arrive at Ora Banda Historic Inn. Ora Banda (Band of Gold) has an iconic Outback stone hotel with a rich history to discover, both recent and from the Goldrush days. http://orabanda.com.au/

1045: Depart Ora Banda for Menzies via Siberia.

1200: Visit the Achievable Outback Café for a Barista Coffee stop in Menzies before making your way to Lake Ballard and the "Inside Australia" exhibit and picnic lunch.

1300: Lake Ballard & Picnic Lunch. Be sure to bring your hat and sunscreen. Each sculpture is unique and the scene from the top of Snake Hill is awesome. Lake Ballard is north east of Menzies and famous as the location of the 'Inside Australia' sculpture display commissioned by the Perth International Art Festival in 2003 as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. The UK artist, Antony Gormley, has had many worldwide exhibits all featuring statues of humans in one form or another. He is the artist that created the 'Angel of the North' statue alongside the motorway in Newcastle, UK. Antony scanned 100 naked local Menzies residents. He then processed the digital files by applying some software that reduced their body width by two thirds and 51 individual moulds were produced and placed over 10 square kilometres in Lake Ballard. The result is a representation of the inner core of each person, set in the inner core of Australia. The sculptures display man in this harsh environment and their relationship to the landscape.

1500: Depart Lake Ballard for Bush Two-Up see http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2011/09/28/3327654.htm

1700: Head at Broad Arrow Hotel for a cool beverage. This is an iconic outback pub is a must for the tourists with graffiti across its corrugated walls encouraged by the owners https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g255366-d487037-Reviews-Broad_Arrow-Kalgoorlie_Boulder_Western_Australia.html

1800: Return to Kalgoorile-Boulder where we will deliver you to your accommodation of choice

Day Two Sunday 23 September, 2018

0900: Depart your accommodation for our tour of the iconic sights of Kalgoorlie including:

Historic Hannans Street
Kalgoorlie Town Hall - http://www.kalgoorlietourism.com/Kalgoorlie-Town-Hall
Palace Hotel - https://palacehotelkalgoorlie.com/
1030: Return to your accommodation for a quick change into your racing finery

1130 Transfer to the historic Kalgoorlie-Boulder Race Club for "Ladies Race Day" part of the Discover the Round Racing events

1440: Transfer from racetrack to local Bordello

1500: Hay Street Bordello tour at Questa Casa. Known to be operation in the early 1900's Questa Casa has had a working life of at lease 115 years as a brothel... and continues to this day – http://www.questacasa.com/

1615: Tour of Boulder including

Superpit Lookout - http://superpit.com.au/community/lookout/
Historic Burt Street
1800: We conclude our tour at the Historic Recreation Hotel in Boulder where a cold beverage awaits! http://www.therechotel.com/sheffields-food

Day Three Monday 24 September, 2018

900: Join us for a street art walk through Kalgoorlie to shoot many great urban art murals including one by Stormie Mills. See Street Art - http://www.heartwalkcbd.com/. Being a public holiday we can be guaranteed of clear photography viewing. We end our walk at the Museum of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to finally hone our indoor photography techniques and brush up on our Goldfields history. See http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/museum-of-the-goldfields

1200: Our tour concludes with plenty of time for your return trip to Perth via car or on the relaxing Prospector train (leaving at 3pm)

Other options:

Boulder Town Hall – open Tues/Thurs 10-3pm only http://www.boulder.com.au/attractions/town-hall/
Superpit tour – 1.5 hrs $45 pp see http://www.kalgoorlietours.com.au/tours/super-pit-tour-1-5-hours/
We reserve the right to change the itinerary to reflect availabliity of locations, weather conditions, group decisions ecetera.


Transportation in other our Toyota Prado 4WD or minibus (depending on numbers) for the 2.5 days of the tour.
Water & snacks for travelling between locations
Entry fees into the Coolgardie Museum, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Races and Bordello Tour
Picnic lunch on Day 1 at Lake Ballard / Menzies
Comprehensive photographic instruction from 2 professional photographers

Not Included:
This is peak time during the Race Round and accommodation books out quickly! Due to the early start on Day 1 it is recommended that accommodation be booked for the night before. We have special accommodation and breakfast packages at the Recreation Hotel : The historic Recreation Hotel in Boulder - approx $60 per room per night including breakfast for single and $75 for twin share. This hotel has very tasteful upstairs rooms with TV and shared bathrooms. See http://www.therechotel.com and email for availability/ bookings sheff@bigpond.com.au

Other Accommodation options:
■ The Albion Hotel (also in Boulder) with ensuite bathrooms for approx $155-$200/night per room. http://www.albionshamrock.com.au/accommodation
■ The Rydges Hotel - approx $200/night per room https://www.rydges.com/accommodation/regional-wa/kalgoorlie/
■ Contact the Kalgoorlie Visitors Centre on http://www.kalgoorlietourism.com/accommodation

■ Meals are not included with the exception of picnic lunch at Lake Ballard on Day 1
■ Insurance - it is strongly recommended that you have an insurance policy in case of accidents
■ Items of a personal nature and alcohol
■ Transport to/from Kalgoorlie-Boulder before and after the tour dates
TRANSWA offers a great daily train service to Kalgoorlie from Perth (7 hrs) with return tickets starting at approx $90 on the Prospector Train. Visit their website http://www.transwa.wa.gov.au/Plan-your-journey/The-Prospector
VIRGIN and QANTAS both have flights to/from Kalgoorlie-Boulder

dates & prices

Tour Dates: 22, 23, 24 Sept 2018

Tour Cost: $790* (2.5 days)

See inclusions & exclusions

Tour Style: Easy, You must be able to walk 2-4 km per day

Tour Host: Andrew Thomasson and Serena Pearce

Operator: Focus 10 Pty Ltd and Code Lime Photography


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