3 Day Guided Journey
Cairns to Cairns
The Wet Tropics World Heritage area offers a sublime mixture of landscapes, including waterfalls, mountain ranges, idyllic streams, deep gorges and dense rainforest. Due to the diverse habitats, it provides abundant opportunities to photograph flowering plants, butterflies, insects, frogs, reptiles, marsupials and a significant proportion of Australia’s glorious songbirds.
Join our Expert Nature Photography Guide, Kelvin Marshall in showcasing this region’s extraordinary biodiversity on this Photography Workshop.
Pre-tour night in Daintree Village (recommended)
Dawn and Dusk photography is very rewarding in the region. The upper Daintree Valley attracts the early morning precipitation often blanketing the Daintree River and setting the scene over the surrounding landscape.
Our team can collect you and your group from the Cairns Airport and begin travel to the Daintree Village for overnight accommodation at Red Mill House.
This is one of the best examples of a tropical river with rainforest growing right to the water’s edge, which provides for some great birding. The river is most famous for the great-billed heron and little kingfisher. The heron, one of the world’s largest, was always a ‘phantom’ bird for birdwatchers. Twenty years ago, it was rarely seen. Once birding tours commenced on the river, exploring the small rainforest and mangrove creeks that ran from it, the bird was seen more regularly. Even now, however, it remains elusive and can melt into the shadows of the rainforest or mangroves right before your eyes.
River cruise with local birding expert and river guide, Murray Hunt Dawn cruises provide the best conditions for those wishing to see the river at its most stunning, as well as the greatest chance to see some of the most sought-after birds of the river. Referred to in many ‘birding’ reference books, this famous cruise has been in operation for more than 20 years. Key target species include Great-billed Heron, Papuan Frogmouth, Little Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Black Bittern, Saltwater Crocodile, Green Tree Snake, Water Dragon and butterflies.
Breakfast provided at Crocxpress Café
Mossman Gorge forms the southern sector of the renowned Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree Rainforest was World Heritage listed in 1988 and is the last remnant of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. Here visitors are afforded a rare chance to revel in its beauty and take in every aspect of the Daintree region.
For photography enthusiasts, the Gorge offers unrivalled postcard scenery. The main Gorge area is composed of large granite boulders peering from the lush freshwater river, with endless reflections of Tropical Rainforest. Further exploration can reveal hidden streams with overhanging trees, mosses vines and creepers. Decaying wood reveals life in the undergrowth whereby incredible fungi and mushroom and act as great focal points.
These spectacular landscapes are also prime spots to observe reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies, including the Boyd’s Forest Dragon, White-lipped Tree Frog, Green-eyed Tree Frog, Snapping Turtle, Leaf-tailed Gecko and electric blue Ulysses butterfly.
Lunch provided at Driftwood cafe
2 hour travel to Chillagoe
Observing the changes in landform and vegetation provides an extra dimension to your photography journey along The Savannah Way. This is an ancient yet dynamic landscape, washed by monsoonal rains each wet season. The contrast from Rainforest to Savannah is dramatic and exciting.
We’ll pass through many bioregions comprising Australia’s Tropical Savannahs. Altogether the area is 1.9 million square kilometres, about a quarter of the continent. The Savannah Way is your access to the incredible limestone country to the West.
Overnight stay Chillagoe Tourist Village
Optional Astrophotography – The night sky out west can be quite breathtaking for those who live among city lights. If the conditions are favourable, consider staying up past your bed time to witness the magical Milky Way in all its glory.
Just out of town is the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park containing limestone caves. There are between 600 and 1,000 caves in the Chillagoe-Mungana area. The caves, the spectacular karst landscape and the mining and smelting history provide brilliant opportunities for landscape photography.
Visit locations such as Balancing Rock, The Smelters and the Walsh River. Plenty of time for a swim here, and keep your eyes peeled for Freshwater Crocodiles. Wildlife opportunities of the region include kangaroos, wallabies, blue-faced honeyeaters, bluewinged kookaburras and dingoes. Catch a lucky glimpse of the bright green and scarlet feathers of red-winged parrots as they fly noisily to distant trees.
Our final photography destination for the tour is a wonderful highlight. The landscape at Granite Gorge is a natural adventure playground with gigantic boulders, caves, swim holes, creeks, bridges and waterfalls. Spend an afternoon with the beautiful Mareeba Rock-wallabies that have become quite accustomed to visitors over the years. The striking landscape is full of opportunity to get that Wallaby in the perfect spot for an incredible nature portrait
The nearby river system is again another wonderful chance to cool off during the heat of the day.
Returning to Cairns approximately 5:30pm
Price + Inclusions
|Photography Workshop||Price per person|
- 3 days Exclusive touring
- 2 nights accommodation
- 2 x breakfast and lunches
- Expert local guide and renowned photographer Kelvin Marshall
- Modern comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
Departs: Daily, Minimum 2 Guests