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Cradle Mountain Festival of Fagus 2023

In conjunction with the Cradle Mountain Hotels “Festival of Fagus” I am very excited to be presenting a day photographing Tasmania’s botanical wonder again in autumn 2023. This years date will be Saturday April 22.

Cradle Mountain covered in mist and autumn glow of fagus

Cradle Mountain covered in mist and autumn glow of fagus

Every year for a couple of weeks each side of ANZAC day the mountains of western Tasmania glow with autumnal tones of yellow and orange as the leaves of the deciduous beech, or Nothofagus gunnnii, change colour.

Festival of Fagus photography workshop. Autumn 2022.

Festival of Fagus photography workshop. Autumn 2022.

For this event we will be meeting at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre for a full day of walking, exploring and photographing. Lunch and bus transfers to/from the Visitor Centre/National Park are included, but it is each guests own responsibility to arrange transport to/from Cradle Mountain and accommodation if required.

Crater Lake in autumn

Crater Lake in autumn

All the details are as follows:

Cost: $215 per person

Time: 9:00 ~ 16:00

Meet: Cradle Mountain National Park Visitor Centre

Activities: First up we will visit Waldheim where there is very easy access to fagus. Participants will also be welcome to explore the forest here and no doubt some autumn fungi will be out too. Lunch is a take away packed lunch which we will enjoy in the surrounds of the National Park. During the afternoon we will hike via Crater Falls to Crater Lake where there will be ample opportunities to shoot some great autumn scenes. A bus transfer will return us to the visitor centre at around 4:00~4:30pm.

Camera gear/Experience requirements: There is no specific requirement re photography gear or experience. Everyone is welcome, and there will be ample opportunities to ask questions about your camera if required or get busy shooting if you are already fairly experienced.

Fitness Requirements: The walk to Crater Lake is more strenuous than my usual tours but not classed as difficult. It is a constant uphill walk one hour in duration. Please contact me if you have concerns.

Weather: Cradle Mountain in autumn could bring up any weather so activities may need to be changed at short notice if weather is not suitable. Please come prepared for a full day outdoors ie warm layers, sun protection, rain protection.

What to bring: Your camera and favourite lens/es. Macro lens if you have one (not essential). Tripod recommended but not essential.

Bookings: via my website – click here to book a place or contact me if you have any questions.

Max 10 participants


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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.