12 Day Kimberley Adventure Tour and Workshop
with Pamela Jennings and Mark Rayner


Creating Adventure through Photography
When : 25 July to 6 August 2023 - Now open for bookings

Where : The Kimberley, North West Australia

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 The Kimberley is one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth! If you are a passionate landscape photographer with a love of birds then this is for you.
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Join us as we take you over a land billions of years in the making.

Let your senses indulge the breathtaking wonder of this incredible photographer’s paradise.

Imagine 12 days of photographic discovery in the Kimberley in far north Western Australia from the comfort of an air-conditioned 4WD, where we will adventure off-road to photograph wildlife and ancient landscapes.

Departing Broome we explore the Ord River, Purnululu World Heritage Area (where we will capture some amazing astro shots over the Bungle Bungles) El Questro Wilderness Park, Home Valley, Cockburn Ranges, Wyndham and Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve, the Gibb River Road gorges, Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, Derby and finishing in Kununurra. We will be taking you to the best photographic locations at the best time of day and we will only have 6 guests to share 2 tutors. This will ensure your comfort (window seat always when travelling) and unlimited access to photography guidance.

This is a fully accommodated 12 day experience (not easy to achieve on the remote Gibb River Road) including private river camps, cattle station stays, eco lodges, world heritage areas, outback bird photography locations, wildlife reserves and wetlands. Travel by 4WD to outback locations, walk into El Questro gorge, and soak in a Kimberley hot spring, visit nature reserves and wetlands and walk in a world heritage park. Photograph the domes of the Bungle Bungles under the Milky Way and be part of our Ord River wildlife photography cruise in search of crocodiles and birdlife. We offer an optional helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles during our stay.

Come and join Pamela Jennings and Mark Rayner for an amazing 12 day Photographic 4WD Journey through the Kimberley. We will photograph amazing landscapes and its wildlife and show you how to take amazing milky-way shots.

You will enjoy a wide range of photographic topics and locations with our small group of like-minded photographers while we have the time of our lives in the Kimberley. And don't forget Pam is a local and has spent many years photographing and exploring the Kimberley and would love to share her beautiful Kimberley with you.

Here is what Dorianne McGillivray from the Gold Coast said after her 2017 Kimberley adventure. Dorianne has kindly created two audio visuals of her experience. Enjoy:

When you tick off what's on top of your bucket list, it becomes a life changing moment. It was amazing to do so with the company and expertise of Mark Rayner and the awesome fellow photographers along the way.

From Day one, being able to photograph the amazing Boab trees to continuously being in awe the next few days with millions of years old untouched rock formations, riverbanks filled with wildlife like saltwater crocodiles and immense bird life to the simple pleasures of cruising rivers at sunset.

Then came the wilderness of El Questro, that is a must for all nature's lovers. It's just heaven on earth.

However, what is the Kimberley without the Bungle Bungles!! If going to the Kimberley is the opportunity of a lifetime for you, then you wouldn't want to miss out on flying on top of the Bungle Bungles because that, my fellow photographers, is an experience out of this world (literally).

You won't want to have your feet back on the ground I promise...

Finish relaxing on the shores of famous Cable Beach with sunsets and camels...

I have known Mark now for over two years and have participated in many of his workshops. What I found out about Mark is his consistent willingness to assist you always with a smile. No questions big or small are an issue for him.

The workshops are professionally organised with often exclusive places to visit which are sometimes hard to get too unless you have built connections with the locals.
I wish you the best time of your life.

A fellow Trekkie
Dorianne McGillivray

Thank you Dorianne


The Kimberley - Australia's Last Great Wilderness by Dorianne McGillivray
Purnululu - The Bungle Bungles - An Aerial Dance - by Dorianne McGillivray
Here is what Chris Head from Perth had to say after our 2016 Kimberley experience:

If you want to experience a true Kimberley adventure then go on this tour!

Pamela Jennings and Mark Rayner did an excellent job of guiding and oranising the tour. From the beauty of the gorges on El Questro Pastoral Lease, to the wildlife along the Ord River and the spectacle of the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National park you won't be disappointed.

We did all of the above and more, ably instructed by Pam and Mark in the technical and composition side of photography.

Being such a small group of only six adventurers, we had no problems in getting a very quick answer to any issues we might have had taking photos.

The days seemed to pass too quickly as there was so much to see and do. I personally love the Kimberley and this was my second time there but my first on an organised photography tour.

I give Pam and Mark a five star rating for this tour so if you are remotely interested in doing it, if you are interested in wildlife, amazing landscapes, beautiful sunsets, experiencing the beauty of the Kimberley and an insight into Aboriginal culture - go ahead, do it!!

Chris Head
Perth

Thank you Chris.

Here is what Tony Day from Brisbane had to say after our 2022 Kimberley experience:

Just another(!) email to thank you and your team for such a fantastic holiday.  I learned a lot about my equipment from Mark and Pam, but more importantly, I learned how to take better photos, regardless of the gear.
It was almost uncanny how Mark or Pam would make this comment about how to approach a particular shoot and make it all sound so matter-of-fact, when I am, like, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Plus their enthusiasm for photography and down-to-earth way of answering what I am sure sounded like stupid questions.  

If people are reading this and wondering whether to sign up for a workshop or tour - DO IT!!  Worth every cent…pure gold.   

I know there was a lot of last-minute adjustments to accommodation and other issues, that we, as guests, did not know about.  So, thanx. Can I particularly thank Ken, our extra driver.  I know he made a particular sacrifice to agree to driving our sorry butts around the Kimberley in the dry.   

If anyone reading does this tour in the future, do yourselves a favour and take both the helicopter rides (The Bungles and the Wyndham mud flats).  They were both, in their different ways, totally awesome.  I had never been on a helicopter before this tour, and was completely blown away both times!


Tony Day
Brisbane

Thank you Tony.

Day-to-Day Program



DAY 1 –  25 July  Broome – Broome Bird Observatory

Welcome to Broome!  Famous for it’s laid back atmosphere, pearling history, big tides, red pindan cliffs, azure water and of course beautiful Cable Beach.

Sunset with the camels will get your creative juices flowing.

Overnight - Broome Bird Observatory


DAY 2 –26 July  Derby

This morning we start things off with a bang and into photographing shorebirds on the beach along the bay. 
Then it’s time to travel to Derby along the Great Northern Hwy.  Stopping for any photographic opportunities that may arise along the way. 
Birds, billabongs, bulls and Boabs!  This area has many photographic opportunities that may arise along the way including the Derby Jetty and the interesting tidal flats of King Sound. 

Overnight in Derby.



DAY 3 –27 July  Mt Hart

Optional Morning flight over the tidal flats in Derby.

This morning we drive head north east along the 600km of unsealed
Gibb River Road
Our first stop is the spectacular Windjana Gorge and then we head through the ranges into Mt Hart.

Overnight - Mt Hart





Day 4 –28 July   Bell Gorge

Spend morning at Mt Hart.  Bell Gorge in afternoon and onto APT camp.

Overnight APT Bell Gorge Camp

Day 5 –29 July   Ellenbrae

We continue on along the Gibb River Road, stopping to photograph
Galvan’s Gorge a small but beautiful waterfall flowing into a deep pool, a must for a swim!  Gibb River crossing.
Back on the Gibb River crossings and other waterholes on our way to Ellenbrae Station
famous along the Gibb River Road for their fresh scones and cream.  We are very lucky to be staying here overnight where we are hosted by the owners from dinner and given exclusive access to areas of the station. Our group will have exclusive use of the quaint rammed earth rooms and safari tents at this low key destination.

Overnight - Ellenbrae Station

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Day 6 – 30 July ELQ

Today we explore El Questro Wilderness Park and have an afternoon Chamberlain River boat cruise. We have many landscape, long exposure and wildlife photography options here.

Overnight - El Questro

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Day 7 – 31 July   ELQ

Free day at ELQ to do any of the many options available here.
Meet for dinner to catch up.

Overnight - El Questro


Day 8 –1 Aug  Ord River

Up early and we head to the palm clad
thermal pools of Zebedee Springs at El Questro Station before heading to the historic town of Wyndham, Western Australia’s northern most town and back drop to many great Australian films.  
Five Rivers Lookout has a magnificent view over the Cambridge Gulf and beyond,
Back roads take us past a multitude of Boabs trees to our next destination, our private
Ord River stay.  Dinner under the stars by the Ord River is the order of the evening.

Overnight - Ultimate Adventures

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Day 9 –2 Aug  Ord River

Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve Is an important waterbird feeding and breeding area and is listed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.  We can photograph some old buildings around the historic port town and then head off to Marglu Billabong in.  
The
Ord River is a nature photographer’s paradise.  We have two trips along the river in purpose built dinghies photographing the tropical river-life, sunrise and sunset, going in different directions along the river.  We capture abundant birdlife in its native habitat and it’s one of the few places in Australia where you can photograph freshwater and saltwater crocodiles side by side.

Overnight - Ultimate Adventures   

Day 10 –3 Ord    Purnululu - APT

An early morning Old River boat cruise and then we travel a few hundred kilometres to the Bungle Bungle Range of Purnululu National Park. Once off the Great Northern Highway it’s only 50kms of 4WD track but takes around 2-3 hours to travel. Here we encounter a landscape dominated by spinifex country.  We arrive in time to photograph the rich red escarpment of the Bungle Bungle Range as it lights up at sunset. For the next two nights we make ourselves comfortable at our private safari camp only minutes from the best photographic locations.

Overnight - Bungle Bungles APT Camp

Day 11 –4 Ord   Purnululu  APT
 
Today we make the most of photographing this spectacular geological formation.  Exploring Piccaninny Creek and the stunning
Cathedral Gorge in all its moods. Sunrise, sunset and night sky photography sessions are all available.
We have the added bonus of great bird photography back at our safari camp.    

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Optional   -   early morning helicopter shoot over the massif is highly recommended. Overnight - Bungle Bungles APT Camp



Day 12 –5 Aug   Purnululu - Kununurra

Today we explore the northern section of the massif and
Echidna Chasm. This gorge is a spectacular long, narrow chasm. It has striking colour variations, depending on the angle of the sun beaming into the chasm, with Livistonia palms waving from the 200 m high ridges above. In the afternoon light we sadly leave the Bungle Bungles and make our way back to Kununurra for our final evening and farewell dinner.

Overnight - Kununurra (included)


Day thirteen - Check out and departures.
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About Pamela Jennings:
Pamela is a professional photographer who specialises in wildlife and wilderness photography of remote Australia.

Based in Broome Western Australia, Pamela runs a selection of extended photography tours complimented by short Broome based workshops. She loves nothing better than jumping into the 4WD and taking people photographing and exploring the wilderness of the Kimberley.

Pamela’s images have been highly awarded in professional photography events including the International Pano Awards. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. (AIPP)

Her first solo exhibition was an outdoor installation on 2.5 metre cubes in Darling Harbour Sydney, during May 2015 as part of the HeadOn Photo Festival 2015.

She was recently named 2017 AIPP WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WILDLIFE AND WILD PLACES PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR.

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This Kimberley photo safari will fill up very quickly. Limited to a maximum of 6 photographers with 2 tutors you are assured of comfort (window seat always when travelling) and personal access to photography guidance.

Please get in quick and book your spot today.

Cost: $ 9,800.00 per person based on Double Occupancy

$1400 single supplement


Includes :

- Accommodation for 12 nights starting in Broome ending in Kununurra travelling along the Gibb River Road.

- All Meals
- Transportation in air-conditioned 4x4 (3 guests per vehicle, all with window seats)
- Entrance fees to all Parks
- Cruise on the Ord River



Exclusions :

- Airfares to/ from Kununurra and Broome
- All incidental personal items.
- Optional helicopter flights at El Questro and Bungle Bungles
- Alcohol


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and remains your responsibility.


This workshop is limited at 6 participants with 2 tutors to ensure a high level of comfort and a high student/tutor ratio.

The workshop requires a minimum 5 bookings to proceed

A $1000.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your position.

(please note a 3.2% handling fee applies to credit card payments)

Final payment must be paid 60 days prior to the workshop.



To book please call Mark on 0459 221678 or email



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