Kakadu, NT, Katherine Gorge, Darwin & more
6 days, 6 nights
3 Sep 2021
Our Wetlands of Kakadu Photography Tour in the world heritage listed Kakadu is taking memorable photographs in great natural beauty and amongst a mecca of incredible bird and wildlife. Our focal points are the internationally important wetlands and the spectacular escarpment and outliers. In Kakadu we visit Ubirr and Nourlangie, cruise the Yellow Waters, shoot Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls swim at Maguk and Koolpin Gorge, photograph Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) and then finish in Manyallaluk with an afternoon Aboriginal Cultural Tour.
As far as World Heritage Areas go, Kakadu National Park is somewhat special in that it qualifies for WHA listing on the basis of both natural and cultural values. Exploring this part of Australia in small groups with an expert guide ensures a memorable and rewarding holiday. Surrounded by more than 20,000 years of Aboriginal heritage we photograph Dreamtime rock art, we swim in remote gorges and have the challenge of shooting fast moving bird and wildlife cruising Yellow Waters.
Throughout the trip there are many opportunities to walk, swim, take photos or just relax by a crystal clear rock pool. We camp in spacious two-person tents, and your guide will ensure the best in food and fun. Kakadu is possibly the most exciting adventure destination in Australia. Come exploring with us and experience the remote beauty of the Top End!
■ Wilderness walking
■ Spectacular wildlife
■ Great bird photography
■ Expert photography advice from Kakadu veteran Andrew Thomasson
■ Aboriginal culture
■ Lots of swimming in crystal clear rock pools
■ 7 nights camping under the stars
■ Expert photography advice from Andrew Thomasson
■ 6 nights camping under the stars
■ Ubirr and Nourlangie,
■ cruise the Yellow Waters,
■ Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls
■ Maguk and Koolpin Gorge, Katherine Gorge
■ Aboriginal Cultural Tours
■ Complete understanding of your DLSR, compact, mirrorless or film camera functions
■ Learn shooting modes including Aperture, Shutter speed, Program, Auto, Pre sets, raw vs jpeg, metering & focusing modes, white balance , ISO, picture style & control, exposure lock & compensation, adding light into shadows
■ Lighting: - natural & artificial light, white balance, time the light
■ Composition: leading & converging lines, the rule of thirds, framing, reflections, colour, star bursts, showing motion, viewpoint, selective focus, vertical vs horizontal, aspect ratio
■ Landscape photography throughout
■ Photography of flora and fauna
■ Motion, architecture, nature, flowers.
■ late afternoon, low light landscapes
■ Use of your flash & shooting techniques in wireless flash
■ Understanding editing
■ Insight into photographing for personal, stock, editorial & commercial use
■ View unique Australian wildlife and birdlife
■ Use of light on water, clouds, silhouettes, shadows, twilight
■ Notes, critique & ongoing networking, advice and technical support
■ Practical workshops over 6 days covering: What gear, camera handling, food, architecture, landscapes, portraiture, photography, action & motion, lighting, composition, nature, wildlife, editing, Lightroom 6 classic, output for screen & print and more
* we vary the workshops according to the weather conditions and other factors
■ No prior photography experience
■ Suitable for amateur photographers right through to semi-professionals
■ Any Digital DSLR, mirrorless, quality compact, smartphone camera
■ Film Camera's are catered for (Having both digital & a film camera is preferred as it allows for on-location photo critique)
■ At least one quality lens such as a Nikkor 18-200mm or a Canon 17-85mm and other lenses that you own
■ Min 4GB card per day of shooting
■ Any camera accessories - such as a tripod, and polarising filter
■ Instruction booklet, sense of humour
■ Every tour participant gets custom tailored advice on their gear, what / where to buy, destination shooting tips, knowledge on cameras, lens, accessories and the best deals. Detailed notes give tips on etiquette, security, the best time to go, image storage, battery life, camera care, security issues and much more. We are strong advocates of using an image capturing device to suit the location, your mood and objectives.
■ Fitness Level / Difficulty Moderate. Some easy-pace walking required at various locations.
WETLANDS OF KAKADU & BEYOND6 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS KAKADU PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE EMBRACING ABORIGINAL CULTURES, LANDSCAPES & UNIQUE FLORA & FAUNA
Adventure to one of the most pristine and photogenic environments in Australia - Kakadu National Park. Amidst a kaleidoscope of rich colours, sweeping vistas, prolific wildlife and fascinating aboriginal culture, this photographic adventures is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture Australia's nature and culture. This photographic safari combines hands-on photographic tuition in Australia's wilderness wonderland.
ITINERARY ( this may vary according to local conditions)
■ DAY 1: arrive darwin, transfer to KakaduJoin Darwin, transfer to Kakadu, Ubirr, Gulyambi cruise. We pick you up from your accommodation between 7:00 and 7.30am, before heading to the renowned bird watching areas of Fogg Dam for coffee and a briefing on the trip ahead. We then get off the sealed roads and travel east on the Arnhem Highway. Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage area covering around 20 000 square kilometers so a short drive - maybe a couple of hours! An optional scenic flight from Jabiru airstrip (30 mins from $120 p.p.) provides a spectacular overview of the escarpment and wetlands. We will explore the extraordinary rock art of Ubirr as well as expansive views across the flood plains at sunset before retiring to our campsite at nearby Merl.
■ DAY 2: To Oenpelli, Injalak Arts and CraftsHeading south-west through Kakadu National Park, we will explore the rarely visited art sites of Nanguluwurr as well as the spectacular locations of Angbangbang and Nourlangie. This evening we will join the Yellow Waters wildlife cruise for a spectacular sunset and exceptional wildlife viewing. Saltwater and Freshwater Crocodiles, White Breasted Sea Eagles, Brolgas, Buffalo and huge flocks of Magpie Geese are commonly seen in this exceptional wetland. Camp at Mardugal.
■ DAY 3 Gubara and NanguluwarrWake up to the call of hundreds of birds. After a leisurely breakfast, we head out to explore the vine forest of Gubara. A short walk through the savannah leads to a clear creek and Kakadu’s rainforest equivalent. In the afternoon we will visit the art site of Nangulwarr and the scenic lookout or Nowalandja. We return to our group camp-site at Mardugal.
■ Day 4 To Yurmikmik and GunlomToday we will travel into Southern Kakadu and the spectacular South Alligator River Valley. A walk near Yurmikmik reveals stunning escarpment views and hidden waterfalls. We travel on to the idyllic waterfall and plunge pool of Gunlom. An afternoon of relaxing and exploring is followed by camping nearby.
■ Day 5 Katherine River.Heading south on the Stuart Highway, we travel to the busy outback centre, Katherine and on to spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. A number of short walks aim to gain access to spectacular viewpoints over the Gorge. Camp at Katherine Gorge.
■ Day 6 To ManyallalukHeading south from Katherine we travel to the Aboriginal community of Manyallaluk. An afternoon of aboriginal cultural experiences introduces us to Jawoyn culture. We camp nearby.
■ Day 7 To DarwinThis morning we have further opportunity to explore Katherine, we aim to return to town by mid-morning and head back up the Stuart Highway to Darwin. We may enjoy a relaxing lunch beside the waterfall of Edith Falls or Adelaide River on the way north and expect to arrive back into Darwin around 5:00pm.
INCLUSIONS■ 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners■ Professional photographer leader■ Professional wilderness guide■ All group camping equipment including tents, swags for sleeping, stoves, cooking and eating utensils■ Wildlife cruise■ All National Park and camping fees■ Emergency communications and group first aid kit■ 4WD transport from Darwin
Not Included:■ Camera and all photographic equipment.■ Airfares■ Travel insurance■ Accommodation in Darwin before and after the trip■ Alcoholic beverages■ Sleeping Bag hire■ Backpacks
Wetlands of Kakadu Photography Tour Gallery
Why Tour with Us?
We journey to unusual & 'off the beaten track' places and engage in activities specifically chosen for their photogenic nature. Our itineraries are tailored to take full advantage of photographic opportunities.
Travel with interesting, fun loving, like-minded individuals & enjoy friendly tuition by master trainers and professional photographers. On-location analysis and critique of images as you shoot.
On most of our tours we use professional operators who look after the bookings, logistics, transportation, accommodation & food. This leaves our hands free to concentrate only on the photography.
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