Freycinet, Cradle Mountain & Tarkine 10 day Tasmanian Photography Workshop

Brisbane-based Wildlife & Nature Photographer Michael Snedic and Tasmanian Landscape Photographer Luke O’Brien are very excited to announce a brand new 10 day Tasmanian Photography Adventure! Join us for 3 nights on the Freycinet Coast; 3 nights at Cradle Mountain and 3 nights in the Tarkine Rainforest. In addition we will also visit Mt Field National Park, and traverse the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area stopping at Nelson Falls and Lake St Clair – a complete lap of Tasmania in 10 days.


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Cradle Mountain Photography Tour Tasmania

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Enjoy 3 nights at Cradle Mountain as part of the new 10 day Tasmanian photography workshop with Luke O’Brien and Michael Snedic.


DATES: Depart Hobart 9:00am on Monday May 22nd, 2017 and return to Hobart around 6:00pm Wednesday May 31st, 2017.


Beachfront at Bicheno (3 nights – May 22, 23, 24)

Cradle Mountain Hotel (3 nights – May 25, 26, 27)

Corinna (Tarkine) (3 nights – May 28, 29, 30)

COST: $5250.00 per person

TUTORS: Professional Photographers and Tutors, Michael Snedic and Luke O’Brien

BOOK NOW: Click here to register online using Google Forms (registration only, no payment required at this stage)

Tasmanian Experience Photography Workshop - Freycinet

10 days in Tasmania, May 22-31, 2017. Three nights on Tasmania’s East Coast where exploring Freycinet National Park and Bicheno.

MEETING POINT: Hobart hotel pick ups and drop offs included. Participants will need to arrive in Hobart the day before and stay one night after the workshop. We can make this arrangement for you, please discuss when booking.

TRANSPORT: 12 seater bus. All transport within Tasmania is included, starting and finishing at your hotel in Hobart.

PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL: There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. With 2 professional and experienced tutors, you will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

INCLUSIONS: All accommodation (9 nights, twin share – a single occupancy surcharge will apply to those who would like a room to themselves); all transport during the workshop; all meals; National Parks Pass, Tasmanian Devil Park, river cruise at Corinna & Wineglass Bay Cruise fee.

EXCLUSIONS: Transport to/from Tasmania & all associated expenses; hotel “in-room” expenses; other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.

MAXIMUM 10 PARTICIPANTS: This workshop is capped at 10 participants, giving you maximum tuition time with Michael and Luke.

Tarkine Photography Tour Tasmania

Philosopher Falls in Tasmania’s Tarkine


Luke & Michael have been running Tasmanian photography workshops together since 2012, specialising in multi day trips for small groups.

Australian Wildlife and Nature Photographer Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been passionate about the natural world since he was very young and has now been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. He has also written many dozens of magazine articles on nature/photography since 2001, including Australian GeographicWildlife AustraliaBirdlife Australia, the UK’s BBC Wildlife and Australian Photography (Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine) which he has been a feature writer for since 2006.

He is honoured to be an Australian Ambassador for Lowepro, Lenscoat as well as The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Photo Competition.

Click here to visit WildNature Photo Expeditions

Tasmanian Landscape Photographer Luke O’Brien

Luke is a Hobart based Landscapes Photographer. His career with a camera started with a humble stall at Tasmania’s Salamanca Market in 2005. Luke’s greatest love is the wilderness areas and pristine National Parks of Tasmania, but as a full time photographer he has also been contracted to photograph for various Tasmanian councils, businesses and individuals. He is co-proprietor of Leatherwood Tasmania Tours, which has been operating since 2004. Luke runs Photographic Workshops throughout Tasmania to share his photographic wisdom and local knowledge of Tasmania’s magnificent wild places.

In recent times Luke has received some recognition as an “Aurora Chaser” and has had images featured on book covers, Australian Geographic and an Australia Post stamp. Luke was interviewed for a feature story on the ABC’s 7:30 show which aired in September 2015 and also joined Dr Chris Brown (“The Living Room, Network 10″) on his Tasmanian “Photo Challenge” in July 2016.

For more about Luke click here.


Monday May 22: Our first photo shoot is the lush rainforest at Mt Field National Park, including the stunning Russell Falls and Horseshoe Falls. The setting is sublime, as we walk beside a fast flowing creek beneath giant tree ferns, rainforest and mighty eucalypts. After lunch we depart for the east coast town of Bicheno and prepare for our days ahead on this beautiful stretch of coast.

Russell Falls Mt Field Photography Tour Tasmania

Russell Falls in full flow (May 2015). Autumn is a great time of year for photographing waterfalls in Tasmania.

Tuesday May 23: Sunrise shoot at the Blowhole in Bicheno. Great vantage point on Tasmania’s east coast to capture the sun rise over a dramatic granite foreshore. We will then spend the day exploring Freycinet National Park including walks to the Wineglass Bay lookout (for those who are up for it!) as well as secluded rocky bays such as Sleepy Bay and Honeymoon Bay. We will finish the day with a sunset shoot in Coles Bay as the rugged “Hazards” (mountains) light up in the last light of the day.

Wednesday May 24: Sunrise this morning is at the Friendly Beaches. A beautiful spot, with sandy beaches and rocky headlands. There are all sorts of opportunities for great compositions as the sun pops up. After breakfast, todays main activity is a half day cruise to Wineglass Bay, looking out for seals and dolphins all the while. We will finish the day with another sunset shoot.

Sunrise at Friendly Beaches, Tasmania

We will shoot a couple of east coast sunrises, including one at the stunning Friendly Beaches in Freycinet National Park.

Thursday May 25: Today we head to Cradle Mountain – that iconic heart of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed wilderness. We will arrive after lunch and have a late afternoon/sunset session at Dove Lake. This evening after dinner Michael and I will do some audio-visual presentations, including a post processing session on how to add some sparkle to all these new images you are capturing!

Friday May 26: Now we have two nice full days shooting at Cradle Mountain ahead of us. Today we will shoot sunrise and sunset at Dove Lake, as well as exploring the ancient alpine rainforest of the region. We will visit Waldheim, a rustic hut nestled deep in the forest, as well as waterfalls and autumn fungi in the rainforest. We will also visit a Tasmanian Devil Park for a chance to photograph this iconic Tasmanian critter.


Waldheim at Cradle Mountain

Saturday May 27: Another full day, including sunrise and sunset, as well as further exploration of the mountain tracks and trails. We will also pay a visit to the Wilderness Gallery at the hotel, which is a wonderful source of inspiration.

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil Park at Cradle Mountain will be a highlight!

Sunday May 28: Farewelling Cradle Mountain we head to the majestic cool temperate rainforest of Tasmania’s Tarkine region. We will spend the morning exploring some truly beautiful rainforest at Philosopher Falls. As well as the falls themselves, this time of year is great for photographing fungi and this walk is brilliant for anyone interested in fungi. After lunch we will enjoy some beautiful mountain scenery as we head to Corinna, our base for the next 3 nights.

Tarkine photography tour tasmania

Fungi in Tasmania’s Tarkine. We will spend 3 nights in Corinna and immerse ourselves in Tasmania’s wild Tarkine rainforest. Fungi will be a particular highlight at this time of year!

Monday May 29: A full day in the rainforest today. We will completely immerse ourselves in the deep rainforest around Corinna, capturing the grand old myrtle beech trees and the tiny autumn fungi. We will shoot waterfalls and finish with a sunset at a lookout over Mt Donaldson from the buttongrass plains.

Tuesday May 30: Today we embark upon our second cruise of the trip – this time on the majestic tannin stained and mist shrouded waters of the Pieman and Donaldson Rivers. We will photograph Lovers Falls and perhaps a Sea Eagle or Wedge Tailed Eagle soaring above. Tonights sunset session will be very special, on the west coast of Tasmania near Granville Harbour, where the “Roaring 40′s” smash the coastline and create incredible rock formations.

Tarkine Coast Tasmania

Three nights in Tasmania’s rugged Tarkine region will include a west coast sunset session. May 22-31, 2017.

Wednesday May 31: Our last day, but another full day of activities! We will return to Hobart via Queenstown and Lake St Clair, stopping at Nelson Falls, the Franklin River and Lake St Clair on the way. Nelson Falls is an easy but very rewarding walk and Lake St Clair is Australia’s deepest lake. We will arrive in Hobart around 18:00 and a hotel drop off is included.


ABOUT YOUR BOOKING: The booking agent is Leatherwood Tasmania Tours, of which Luke O’Brien is co-proprietor. All paperwork & tax invoices will be issued by Leatherwood Tasmania Tours, and all arrangements for your stay in Tasmania will be handled by Luke O’Brien/Leatherwood Tasmania Tours.

TO MAKE A BOOKING: Please contact either Michael or Luke directly (email is the easiest and preferred method).

You will receive an acknowledgement of your email immediately with:

1) a booking form and

2) the terms and conditions of your participation in the Workshop

Your position in the Workshop will be guaranteed immediately upon receipt of your signed booking form and deposit, which is (AUD) $500.00. You may elect to pay the full amount, or another amount as a deposit (minimum $500). Payment by Direct Deposit is the preferred method, and payment by Credit Card will incur a 1% charge. The balance is required 45 days before the Workshop commences.

Your payment of the deposit will be considered your complete acceptance and understanding of the Terms & Conditions.


A substantial list of items to bring will be forwarded to you during the booking process. Warm and water proof clothing is essential, as is all your own personal camera gear.


Autumn weather is very changeable, especially in the mountains and west coast. Participants would be well advised to check the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather forecast for Cradle Mountain in the days leading up to the Workshop before making final decisions on what to pack, but as with any outdoor activities, it is important that you are properly prepared for all kinds of weather.


Michael Snedic – to email Michael click here for contact details; or phone: 0408 941 965

Luke O’Brien – email; or phone: 04488 50077

BOOK NOW: Click here to register online using Google Forms (registration only, no payment required at this stage)


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