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Autumn at Cradle Mountain: 5 Day Photography Workshop


April 22~26, 2024 – autumn fagus & fungi special!

$3950 per person

** Autumn fagus & fungi at its best; sunrise and sunset shoots at Dove Lake, Tarkine rainforest side trip and more! **

5 day Cradle Mountain photography workshop. During the daylight hours we will photograph amazing alpine rainforest and fast flowing Tasmanian waterfalls such as Crater Falls, Philosopher Falls and Nelson Falls. After hours we will head down to Dove Lake to shoot sunrise and sunset colours in the lovely light at these times of day. Another special inclusion is a visit to the Tasmanian Devil park at Cradle Mountain.

Autumn at Cradle Mountain! 5 day photography workshop to shoot fagus & fungi

Autumn at Cradle Mountain! 5 day photography workshop to shoot fagus & fungi


Day 1: Depart Hobart for Cradle Mt Highlights: Afternoon exploring the ancient landscapes at Cradle Mountain – including our first sunset and hopefully night-sky shoot at Dove Lake.

Day 2: Full day of fagus and fungi at Cradle Mt Highlights: Sunrise and sunset at Dove Lake; fagus at Crater Falls and Crater Lake. Rainforest and fungi at Waldheim.

Day 3: Tarkine Rainforest (inc autumn fungi!) side trip to Philosopher Falls Highlights: Stunning day out amongst sublime rainforest in Tasmania’s Tarkine. Sunset at Dove Lake.

Day 4: Another full day shooting at Cradle Mt including Devils@Cradle to shoot the Tasmanian Devil. Post processing tutorial. Sunset at Dove Lake.

Day 5: Return to Hobart via Nelson Falls & Lake St Clair Highlights: Scenic day driving through the mountains of western Tasmania including shoots at Nelson Falls and Lake St Clair. Return to Hobart around 19:00.

cradle mountain photography tour sunrise and sunset shoot

Sunrise & Sunset shoots at Dove lake are a highlight


$3950.00 per person (single room for all guests). Twin-share available only to friends/partners who are traveling together.

Includes four nights accommodation in your own private King room at the Cradle Mt Hotel, all transport (starting & finishing Hobart), Devils@Cradle and National Parks entry, all meals including coffee and a “welcome drink” each evening. Post processing session will be scheduled during the week based on weather conditions. Participants will need to make their own way to/from Hobart. We can recommend/arrange accommodation in Hobart if requested (accommodation in Hobart is not included in above fee).

Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake photography workshop, autumn 2023

Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake photography workshop, autumn 2023

What to Bring
  • Camera, tripod and accessories. Don’t forget chargers and spare batteries/memory cards!
  • Wet weather gear (for yourself and for your camera). Warm clothing and head-torch for the sunrise/sunset shoots.
  • Comfortable hiking shoes (not sneakers).
  • Water bottle/snacks for our sessions in the field.
  • A full list of suggested items will be forwarded to you shortly before workshop commences.
philosophers falls fungi tarkine photography workshop

Philosopher Falls in the Tarkine is a fungi paradise and we will dedicate a day to visiting this wonderful rainforest walk

Pixies Parasol in the Tarkine rainforest is always a special find in autumn 🙂

Tour Notes

Sunset is approx 17:30 and sunrise is approx 7:00 during this workshop. We will spend at least one-two hours in the field for each of these shoots meaning it will be dark (and likely VERY cold) prior to sunrise/after sunset.

We will shoot sunrise once, with a possible extra attempt based on weather conditions, and sunset everyday.

We will only undertake easy hiking, the main aim of the workshop being tuition and shooting time. Both Crater Falls and Philosopher Falls involve short hikes of approx 30 minutes each way. The Philosopher Falls track is very good, but likely to be wet and perhaps muddy in places. There is a steep set of stairs at the end. Nelson Falls is a very easy 10 minute walk (one way) on a very good (wheelchair accessible) track.

** Please take all care and responsibility for your own equipment while outdoors **

This region can present any type of weather at any time of year. Please check the Cradle Mountain weather forecast carefully before the tour departs and bring windproof and waterproof gear (jacket and pants), as well as lots of warm clothing including thermal layers and a down jacket. An umbrella can be a useful piece of equipment too, especially if you enjoy macro photography.

Driving Time: Cradle Mountain is approximately 4.5 hours driving time from Hobart. We will break the drive with a couple of rest stops. The drive from the hotel to Dove Lake is approx 20 minutes.

Wombat hanging out at his forest home near Waldheim

More Info & Bookings

For further information or any general enquiries about this trip please contact me.

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