-11th May, 8th June, 13th July,
-17th August, 14th September & 12th October.
This 6 Day Photographic Tour combines the beauty, natural wonder and timelessness of some of the best locations in Central Australia with a photographic focus. For the enthusiastic photographer you will receive tips and tuition from one of Australia’s most highly regarded photographers, Grenville Turner*, with a myriad of opportunities to photograph awesome scenery and wildlife. You will learn about light and composition and discover how to create photographic opportunities as we travel in the most extraordinary locations.
No trip to Central Australia would be complete without visiting and photographing Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon plus a host of other treasures that await you. This experience will reveal to you all things symbolic with the Australian Outback, plus features that thousands of travelers never get to see.Or a replacement photographer if Grenville is not available due to unforeseen circumstances. Special Features:
-Daily photography workshops
-Interactive Aboriginal Cultural experiences
-Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Palm Valley and West MacDonnell Ranges
-Wild, remote, raw Australian outback
Ancient Landscapes, Timelessness and Heavenly Light
Outback Central Australia offers such a diverse range of landscapes, from mountain ranges hundreds of millions of years old through to sand hill swail country and clay pans, that it is a landscape photographers’ dream. Hosted by one of Australia’s most famous landscape photographers, Grenville Turner, this is your opportunity to hone your photographic skills with workshops and plenty of interaction amongst a group of equally passionate people.
We offer a truly authentic opportunity for the avid photographer to lose themselves from the outside world whilst exploring some of the most beautiful locations in Central Australia. Sunset and sunrise over Uluru is an experience not to be missed but there are a host of other gems such as walking through the Olgas, our remote campsite at Kings Creek Station which offers fantastic sunsets over the George Gill Ranges, walking around Kings Canyon and visiting Palm Valley with its Livistona Palms. Your Chance to Really Experience the Outback as it Should Be
This is a true outback experience in 4-wheel drive vehicles, small groups (max 16 persons), camping (tents can be provided), open fires at night, sensational camp fire meals with quality food, all equipment provided and fully catered. Camping and sleeping under the sensational star-filled southern night sky will be a memory of a life time. You, the wild and no other! There is an old adage – “the best locations are the hardest to get to” and this is where our name and tradition come from. People expect the best and we leave no stone unturned in achieving that.
-Outback track access dependent upon weather conditions at time of travel
-Special Tours outside the dates above can be arranged in consultation with us
-See below for full Terms and Conditions
Note: Due to the adventurous nature of our safaris, unpredictable weather / road conditions and long travel times, we strongly recommend travelers to take out Travel Insurance including Cancellation Cover.
Booking and Payment
A minimum deposit of 25% of your fare is required when making a booking with the balance payable within 30 days of your departure date. Bookings made within 30 days of departure are required to pay the full amount at the time of booking.
Terms And Conditions
We reserve the right to amend safari times, itineraries and fares for our safaris as circumstances, time of year and operational reasons occur. There will be no refunds in these circumstances or for reasons such as delays incurred due to mechanical failure or weather conditions. We cannot guarantee exact pick-up and drop-off times and will accept no responsibility in the event of cancellation fees from other connecting services. We reserve the right to cancel a safari or arrange an alternative operator if group numbers are insufficient. Balances paid by credit card are subject to merchant levy. We accept no responsibility for any injury, illness or other such accident sustained whilst on safari with us or while engaged in any activities with other tourist operators that may not be part of our itinerary but available during our safari. Visits to Oak Valley Aboriginal Community and the Kuniya Walk although brochured are not guaranteed, however, if not visited the fare for this component will be refunded or not charged. We accept no liability for lost, stolen or damaged property and strongly recommend the clients to have Travel Insurance, including Cancellation Cover. Cancellation fees apply. Please Note: Any changes made to confirmed bookings will incur a $50 Administration Fee.
-Outside 14 days prior to departure - 25%
-Between 8-13 days prior to departure - 50%
-Within 1-7 days prior to departure - 100%
Day 1 (Lunch & Dinner)
Good morning fellow “shutter bugs” – a bright and early 0600 departure from our Alice Springs accommodation (1 pm pick-up at Yulara/Ayers Rock Resort/Airport) and its along the Stuart Highway south of Alice to our destination today – Uluru. Our journey of approx 6 hours is interspersed with rest breaks at Stuarts Well Camel Farm, Mt Ebenezer and the Imanpa art gallery, Mount Conner (Atila-the iceman), Salt Pan remnants of the Amadeus Basin and Curtin Springs Cattle Station. Along the way Grenville will talk about photography and answer your technical and creative questions. There will be plenty of excellent photo opportunities mixed with the Aboriginal history and early European bravery, which opened up this wonderful region. The contrast of colours is a photographer’s dream.
Arriving at our bush camp at Yulara approx 12.30, we will lunch and then depart for the afternoon at Uluru (Ayers Rock). For those joining us at Uluru, we will collect you from a point previously arranged dependent on your arrival time. The afternoon will provide excellent photo opportunities at specially selected locations around Uluru plus the Mala, Kuniya and Base Walk.
No day at Uluru is complete without the sunset. Mother nature, embracing the natural phenomenon which is Uluru, combines to display an amazing changing of colour. Relax and “click away” whilst enjoying sparkling wine or cold refreshments. Tonight is your first night in a swag in the outback with the evening meal cooked over the open wood fire and above us, the million stars of the Milky Way. What a great way to conclude your first day, stories aplenty no doubt while downloading and printing today’s images.
-Ayers Rock Resort
-Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
-Aboriginal Guided Kuniya Walk
-Sunset over Uluru
Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
It’s up before the birds, breakfast, pack and break camp as we depart to a location to take in the dawning of the new day and sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The freshness of the new day, new light and the early morning sky is a breathtaking and moving experience, and perfect for capturing that perfect landscape.
We now travel a short distance to Kata Tjuta to commence the “Valley of the Winds” walk. This 3-4 hour experience will leave you speechless combined with a feeling of inferiority as we wind our way through the massive domes which were so important in the Anangu life. We would suggest that camera batteries will be nearly exhausted after this experience. After an early lunch and a brief stopover at Yulara, we travel to Curtin Springs Station. Here the tour changes significantly as we lock in the hubs (4x4) and get you acquainted with the “real outback”.
The “bush track” between Curtin Springs and Kings Creek Station opens the door to everything the outback is – rough, tough, spectacular scenery, peaceful and wildlife rich. This is home to the rarely seen Red Kangaroo, wild Camels and Dingo. This track is exclusive to us and a visual feast for the photographer. The colour in the outback as the day recedes must be seen to be believed. Tonight our campsite will be at a remote location, nobody within miles and absolute solitude – now we really are Way Outback.
-Sunrise over Uluru
-Valley of the Winds (Kata Tjuta)
-Mt Connor (view)
-Kings Creek Station
Day 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
This morning we will capitalize on the morning dawn with a sunrise photo shoot to capture the ‘magic hour’ (the half hour before and after sunrise) as no doubt the outback bird choir will have us up early. Breakfast, pack and it’s time to move along the track towards Kings Creek Station. The combined landmass of these two properties is nearly 6,000 square kilometres and we will not see another person. We will catch the early morning animals still feeding or moving to waterholes. These are what we refer to as “Kodak moments” – be prepared.
Arriving at Kings Creek mid morning we will rest, shower, swim and possibly a brunch as we prepare for what we believe is one of the greatest wonders and best-kept secrets of Central Australia – Kings Canyon.
Normally a 3-4 hour walk, we will spend most of the afternoon at this location. The views are gob smacking, they are more stunning as the western sun displays the full natural beauty. The Canyon within the Watarrka National Park is a botanists delight, is steeped in Luritja cultural history and the natural sites such as Corroboree Rock, The Amphitheatre, Garden of Eden and the Lost City will leave you euphoric, and keep the telephoto lens busy.
Late this afternoon we will return to our remote campsite at Kings Creek Station. Our unique bush shower and toilets will add a further lighter side to the day. Another superb camp fire meal, and yes more stars, more stories and laughs, and more downloading. What a great day.
-Kings Canyon (rim walk)
-Kings Creek Station tour
-Bush Camping and Campfire Dinner
-Sunset over the George Gill Ranges
Day 4 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). A casual morning and the usual routine will be followed with a short stop at Kings Canyon Resort before we tackle the infamous Mereenie Loop Road to our next destination Hermannsburg.
At Hermannsburg, the site of the first Lutheran based Aboriginal Community, we will visit the old Historical Centre, the Namatjira Family Gallery and the Silk Painters. Should the Hermannsburg Potters be available we will find time to view this unique art form.
This afternoon we will venture along the world’s oldest river system, the Finke River, through Cycad Gorge into an area rich in Western Arrernte culture – Palm Valley. The valley is home to the rare giants – The Red Cabbage Palm (Livistonia Palms), relic palms from pre-Jurassic period.
Again the afternoon light best displays this spectacular and peaceful location for the photographer. The Arankaii Walk will feature wonderful reds and greens with the stark pure white of the authoritative Ghost Gums (Eucalyptus papuana). Surprises could include sighting the endangered Black Footed Rock Wallaby and the mighty predator, the Perentie (Varanus giganteous). You guessed it – another night wild camping – there is no other way to immerse yourself into this stunning environment which is the Outback.
-Sunrise over the George Gill Ranges
-Mereenie Loop Road
Day 5 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Up with the birds (they are usually very active), breakfast, pack and break camp before we travel back towards the community of Ipolera where we turn north along the Namatjira towards the West MacDonnell Ranges. As has been witnessed each day – the countryside and the natural environment are constantly changing. This contributes to the enormous range of photographic experiences available in Central Australia.
Mid-morning we will witness Tnorala (Gosse Bluff), a 130-million-year-old meteor crater. Its visual impact set amongst the desert swale is stunning and an image that you will want to capture. A further short drive and we will arrive at one of the West MacDonnell’s best secrets – Redbank Gorge (Rachoopma - Kangaroo man dreaming).
Located at the foot of Mount Sonder, this 2 hour Gorge walk is simply impressive. The walk is bordered by the brightest orange rock walls and massive River Red and Ghost Gums. The end of the walk is a beautiful 30m deep swimming hole. The location is symbolic to the Western Arrernte ladies and is also home to the Long Snouted Dragons and Black Footed Rock Wallabies. This walk creates many a neck injury – because you don’t know where to look and what to photograph next – it is stunning.
Tonight we will journey towards Glen Helen Lodge and the beginning of the mighty Finke River system. Our camping location for the last night will be near one of only 8 permanent waterholes in Central Australia. Permanent water means an opportunity to swim (for those that can absorb the chill) but also means plenty of animal and bird life, and the chance for a great wildlife picture.
-Tnorala (Gosse Bluff)
-Mount Sonder (view)
Day 6 (Breakfast & Lunch)
Many of you may not want to move, let alone contemplate returning to the business world once you photograph the sun’s rays on Mount Sonder and the plethora of natural beauty and wildlife at this location. It does defy description, however, we must move on to a location which will justify relocation – The Ormiston Pound Walk (Kwatooma –Emu birth Dreaming).
This 4-hour walk, a part of the famous Larapinta Trail (Eagles Flight Dreaming), will leave you in awe - the rugged multi-colour quartzite walls, the expansive pound structure, the white sands of the Ormiston Creek, the brilliant purple quartzite within the pound, the water/swimming holes, the geological formations and the serenity is uplifting and quickly fills the CF card. This afternoon as we journey our last kilometres towards Alice Springs you will be provided two more multicoloured spectacular visions – The Ochre Pits and Ellery Creek Big Hole.
Arriving back at your chosen Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 17.30 will be the realism of a return to a more domesticated lifestyle. We are positive that your previous 6-day experience will be a great revelation and provide a real sense of achievement. Your memories will be the thousand plus photographs taken that in years to come will rekindle what has been a truly amazing experience.
Tonight, dine at one of Alice Springs finest restaurants, a few refreshments, plenty of stories and laughs and we say Palya (thank you and goodbye) to many new friends.
-Sunrise over Mount Sonder (view)
-Ormiston Pound Walk
-The Ochre Pits
-Ellery Creek Big Hole
Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
-Collection from Accommodation in Alice Springs and or Ayers Rock Airport on Day 1.
-Aboriginal Guided Kuniya walk.
-All meals except for breakfast on Day one and dinner on the last Day.
-All accommodation is camping. Swags (bush beds) and tents (if required) and sleeping bags will be supplied.
-Limited alcohol is provided, opportunities for passengers to purchase extra alcohol are provided.
-Park entry permits to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park.
-All camping fees.
-All Camping equipment except water bottles and personnel torches.
-Limited access to laptop computer for downloading digital images.
-Limited access to printer for printing images.
-Photographic Permits for professional Photographer.
-Cameras, camera equipment, film or memory cards.
-Memory key or external hard drive for storage of digital images.
-Insurance for cameras and camera equipment.
-Laptop computer (passengers are requested to bring their own).
-Accommodation on the last night in Alice Springs.
-Breakfast on the first Day and dinner on the last Day of the tour.
What to Bring
Torch, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, fly net, water bottle, walking shoes/boots, warm clothing in winter, personal items such as toiletries and medications and towel. Alcoholic beverages are BYO and cold storage is provided. Purchase of alcohol can be arranged with your guide on the day prior to departure. Please note some areas of Central Australia are governed by alcohol restrictions.
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