Kalgoorlie- Boulder & Goldfields Photography tour | WA
3 days | A superlative 3 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 3 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: Sept 2018 ( TBA)
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, morning photography at the rocky outcrops of The Terraces 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 Boulder Town Hall and the beautiful Palace Hotel, the huge Poppet Mining Heads that provide impressive silhouettes against the skyline, studio portraiture at the arty Fossick Gallery and shooting sport and action at the Rodeo and Boulder Cup.
Our tour commences during the week long 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, Ladies Day at the races, Ora Banda and Coolgardie festivals, comedy and all the history this great place exudes.
■ The amazing glass bottle and ancient pharmacy collections at the Coolgardie Museum
■ Explore the saltpans of Lake Ballard to discover the Antony Gormley statues
■ Sunset shoot at the historic ghost town of Gwalia
■ Breakfast on the verandah of Hoover House - once the home to the US President
■ Visit the famous Grand Hotel in Kookynie and hopefully meet its resident horse
■ Cool beverages at the iron clad Broad Arrow Tavern
■ Discovering the secrets and lives of the girls on a tour of a working brothel
■ Photographing the fillys, fascinators and fascinating at Ladies Race Day
■ Heritage and Architectural photography in the many iconic buildings in Kalgoorlie-Boulder
■ 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 Monday 18 September, 2017
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.
1330: 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 Leonora & Gwalia
1700: Arrive Leonora and Gwalia for a tour of Leonora Gwalia Historical Precinct. Sunset is a great time to take some photos of this unique prospectors ghost town. Gwalia is by any measure, a truly fascinating ghost town. The town can also lay claim to once having been the second largest gold mine in Western Australia and the first with a state hotel and tramway. Hoover House in Gwalia was the old mine manager's house (built in 1898/99) and is now a restored bed and breakfast run by the Gwalia Historical Association. The house was named after Herbert Hoover, the original mine manager who later went on to an even more illustrious career as a President of the United States.
1800: Overnight Accommodation. Leonora Motor Inn
1900: You may like to join us for dinner at the historic dining room at the Whitehouse Hotel, Leonora a short stroll from your accommodation (at own cost).
Day Two Tuesday 19 September, 2017
0800: Depart Leonora Motor Inn for breakfast at Gwali
0815: Enjoy a light continental breakfast on the verandah of Hoover House with hosts Lorraine & Frederick.
0900: Take a tour around Hoover House and the historic museum precinct with our local guide.
0945: Depart Gwalia for Kookynie
1130: Arrive Kookynie and its famous Outback pub, The Grand Hotel. Enjoy the atmosphere and hospitality of the Grand Hotel Kookynie where we will stop for lunch (own cost). We will be checking out the unique bar, relaxing in the beer garden and strolling around the Kookynie where we will see Heritage Interpretations to recreate the history of 100 years ago and maybe even meet the local celebrity horse who has is often at the pub door to greet visitors. Our hosts & pub owners are Margret & Kevin Pusey. Margaret has written a book on the history of the town and has been a local legend for the past 20 years. Kevin is a interesting local publican and previous Menzies councillor with many stories to tell. Kookynie is an authentic, living 'ghost town', true Outback Australia. In 1905 it was home to 1500 people with six hotels, electric street lights, public baths, a brewery and many brick buildings. Today there is only the one working pub and a population of approximately 9 people http://www.australiasgoldenoutback.com/travel-destinations-outback-australia/Kalgoorlie_and_Goldfields/Northern_Goldfields/Kookynie
1330: Depart Kookynie and head a short trip down the road to Niagara Dam
1345: Visit the popular picnic and camping site of Niagara Dam, a prototype for the Mundaring Weir built in 1897 to service the steam engines working in the area and provide water for the nearby towns. http://www.goldfieldstourism.com.au/Attractions/tabid/62/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/22/Niagara-Dam.aspx
1415: Head back to Kalgoorlie via Broad Arrow Hotel
1615: Arrive at Broad Arrow Hotel. 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
1700: Depart Broad Arrow Hotel
1730: Arrive back in Kalgoorlie and transfer to your hotel/accommodation of choice
Day Three Wednesday 20 September, 2017
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/
Museum of Kalgoorlie-Boulder - http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/museum-of-the-goldfields - open 10-3pm
StreetArt - http://www.heartwalkcbd.com/
1100: 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
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/
Bush Two-Up – iconic two up played in a tin amphitheatre in a bush setting just out of Kalgoorlie-Boulder - see http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2011/09/28/3327654.htm
We reserve the right to change the itinerary to reflect availablility of locations, weather conditions, group decisions etcetera.
Transportation in other our Toyota Prado 4WD or minibus (depending on numbers) for the 3 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
Accommodation for Night 1 / Monday 18 September 2017 at the Leonora Motor Hotel (twin share)
Continental breakfast at Hoover House on Day 2
Comprehensive photographic instruction from 2 professional photographers
Accommodation for Night 2 / Tuesday 19 September in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Keep in mind that the tour ends at 6pm on Wednesday 20 September 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and continental breakfast on Day 2 at Hoover House, Gwalia
■ 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: Sept 2018 ( TBA)
Tour Cost: $1500* (3 days)
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Tour Style: Easy, You must be able to walk 2-4 km per day
Tour Host: Andrew Thomasson and Serena Pearce