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Kakadu Photography with Peter Walton

Unleash your inner photographer while exploring the Northern Territory's pristine Kakadu region with acclaimed landscape photographer Peter Walton. Rather than technical camera talk, this tour will focus primarily on the 'artistry of photography', delving into composition, lighting, focus / interest points and choosing your lenses. During this six day tour Peter will be discussing and giving practical demonstrations on the process he believes is vital for creating great images. He will also demonstrate a fourth step, his use of easy to use (and inexpensive) software for applying artistic treatments that give images a unique hand crafted look. Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Area covering some 20,000 square kms. Waterfalls tumble from the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment into shady pools; tranquil wetlands teem with animal and bird life, while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries. Get away from the crowds on our active, walking based itinerary, which includes a cruise on the Yellow Waters (a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles). It's when you go for a walk beyond the main tourist sites that Kakadu will reveal its true magic. During this 6 day Kakadu photography adventure, Peter Walton, acknowledged as one of Australia's finest landscape photographers, and fellow photographer Jane will discuss and demonstrate how they create great images. Throughout each day and during the evening presentations you'll be free to tap into their years of experience. Our collection of full-day bushwalks venture in to remote gorges and sparkling waterfalls, as well as ancient rock art seen by very few visitors. The upgraded semi-permanent campsites encourage travellers to relax in idyllic tropical surrounds. The itinerary varies to make the most of the season, choosing the best walks and waterfalls as the wet season floodwaters recede and access opens up. You will return to Darwin having enjoyed a complete adventure across the full range of tropical wilderness of Australia's Top End. In the company of acclaimed photographer Peter Walton, this trip is a photographic dream. We hope you can join us.

Inclusions

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
2 professional wilderness guides
wildlife cruise
accomodation in Kakadu
all National Park and camping fees
emergency communications and group first aid kit
Expert photographer Peter Walton
Hightlights
Trip escorted by acclaimed photographer Peter Walton
Cruise the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife
Develop your technical and creative photography skills through informal tuition
Swim in spring fed, crystal clear waterfalls and gorges
Trek the diverse habitat of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $-1
Start Location
Darwin, Australia
End Location
Australia
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
8 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
We pick you up from your accommodation between 7-7.30am, Guides will call day before to confirm time, before heading to meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country; followed by morning tea, damper and a chance to discuss culture, tradition or walk by the billabong. We then get off the sealed roads and travel east by 4WD along the old Jim Jim Road, passing some of the great wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong. In the afternoon, after checking into tour lodge at Cooinda in the heart of Kakadu we will experience a cruise on the nearby Yellow Water billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. Here you may encounter brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolgas, Cormorants, Pelicans and Jabiru, Australia’s largest flying bird. The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide.
Day 2
NB: Jim Jim and Twin Falls can be still closed due to flooding from the monsoon, we may visit alternative waterfalls such as Gubara. Wake up to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. We drive to Jim Jim and Twin Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our visits to Jim Jim and Twin falls aim for an active experience, walking beyond the reach regular tourist groups. Keep in mind the thundering torrent usually depicted in the postcards is a phenomenon that only occurs during the wet season and this flow declines gradually through the dry season until it is a gentle trickle. We return to Cooinda, and this evening enjoy a presentation by Peter as he discusses camera settings, pre-visualisation and composition, and image capture.
Day 3
Today is a big day. Lots of area to cover but the rewards are immense as we will be visiting some exceptional areas in Kakadu. After and early Breakfast we head south to Maguk (Barramundi Falls), it is reached via a stunning short walk through the monsoon forest, opening out to deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. Here you can get the chance ot have a swim and of course get some great photography as well. In the far south of the park we reach Gunlom. This iconic waterfall and plunge pool is ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms, the perfect spot to relax.The sunset views from the swimming pool on top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most published images of the NT. We will stay here for the sunset and some light entre before heading back to our lodge at Cooinda.
Day 4
We head out of Cooinda this morning to explore the Nourlangie area of Kakadu. At this region we can climb part of the Arnhem Land Escarpments (dont worry only small climbs) to be able to gain views south of the escarpment. We can also explore the footings of the massif for rock art, flora and fauna. We will stay at Cooinda lodge, and in the evening, review your images with Peter as he demonstrates the simple steps he gs through in editing software to extract the most quality and impact from your favourite shots.
Day 5
This Morning we will chekc out of Cooinda lodge and make tracks north to Ubirr Rock art site. Here we can view the rock art that is thousands of years old and then also take int he views of the east alligator river floodplains. This afternoon we will check into the Croc motel in Jabiru and prepare ourselves and photos for a slide night. Stay at Croc motel Jabiru, and enjoy a presentation of the best images taken from the trip.
Day 6
After checking out this morning we will take a short driving tour around the ERA ranger mine site to show of its immense size before takingh the northern road out of Kakadu west toward Darwin. LAong the way we can stop to visit some iconic sites such as Mamukala wetrlands, Bark Hut, Window ion the wetlands and didgeridoo hut. We would hope to have you back to Darwin accomodation between 4-5pm