Oct. 24, 2023 - Margaret River & Southwest WA Photo 4-Day Tour

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Min 4, Max 6
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Meals
Daily Breakfast & Lunch. Some Evening Meals
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Transport
Air Conditioned 4WD
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Flexible
January - December

EXTENDED 3-DAY TOUR (4, 5 UP TO 7 DAY ROAD TRIP OPTIONS AVAILABLE)

Covid Special Offer – Extend your Tour to 4-Day for an extra $175.00 pp* (available for a limited time only).

Let us take you on a 3-Day journey through iconic landscapes, rugged coastlines, lushes vineyards and old rural country towns, while enjoying some amazing fresh local food and world-renowned wine.

Indulge yourself and experience Margaret River’s layback lifestyle and rich artisanal culture.

Join us on this unique itinerary specially designed for photographers down the southern corner of Western Australia and explore Lake Clifton’s Thrombolites, Busselton's iconic old jetty, Cape Naturalist National Park, Bunker Bay, Sugarloaf, Canal Rock, Geographe Bay and the picturesque Margaret River Wine Region.

THE SEASONAL WILDFLOWERS, AMAZING LANDSCAPE, FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE AND UNSPOILED COUNTRYSIDE WILL MAKE THIS PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!


The coast offers an abundance of secluded beaches and the splendour of photography opportunities, creating a dream landscape with the ever-changing light to test your creativity.

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MARGARET RIVER AND SOUTHWEST WA PHOTO TOUR

Our 4, 5 up to 7-days tours options are available on-demand, and can be tailored to include some of the most remote and untouched places in Western Australia’s Southwest; Augusta, Pemberton, Karri Forrest, Valley of the Giant, Tree Top Walk, Walpole, Denmark, Elephant Cove, Albany and the magnificent Stirling Range National Park.

Accommodation and meals throughout, exclusive private sightseeing, practical notes, one-to-one support tailored to your needs and a wealth of amazing photographic opportunities are just a few of the highlights.

Tour Highlight & Inclusions

Experience a unique itinerary across the Margaret River Region specially designed for photographers. This Exclusive small-group photography tour  has been carefully put together, allowing you to experience a diversity of breathtaking Australian landscape and rustic historic places and towns. Although this is a 3-Day itinerary, we highly recommend extending to 4-Day to get the really best of the Margaret River Region. We guarantee a wealth of photography opportunities, including small group tuition, practical notes and one-to-one support tailored to your individual needs while on-location learning the importance of image composition, available light and night photography techniques.

  • 3 full days jam packed with an abundance of photography opportunities
  • 4, 5 up to 7-Day options available on demand
  • Daily breakfast & lunch. Welcome dinner on the first night
  • 2 night twin-share accommodation in Margaret River (single room available on request)
  • Comfortable air conditioned 4WD/ Bus (incl. 2 water bottle pp p/day & snacks)
  • National Park Fees & all entrance fees to exhibits & locations that we visit
  • Margaret River wine tasting and fresh local produce sampling
  • Lunch in one of Margaret River most iconic winery
  • A varieties of wildflowers (seasonal)
  • Capture the magical views of Margaret River coastline from the Cape to cape Track
  • Landscape, fauna, nature & nightscape photography tips
  • Sunrise at the iconic Old Busselton Jetty
  • Breathtaking sunset workshop at one of our favourite spot
  • Nightscape and Astrophotography session (Milky Way in season)
  • Short accessible walks to explore some of the best photo locations on tour
  • Capture the charm of the Southwest from dawn to dusk
  • Bunker Bay, Sugarloaf, Yallingup, Canal Rock, Hamelin Bay…
  • As it is our own personalised photo tour, we can stop when and where we want!
  • Professional photography advise and one-to-one support
  • Fully escorted tour with plenty of photography time
  • Photography group of 2 – 6 participants maximum
  • Complimentary Lightroom / Photoshop editing session, advice and trouble shooting

Dates

Dates:   Flexible with dates all year round

Upcoming Tours: Contact us for upcoming dates

3-Day Option:  $1680.00 pp | single supplement from AU$ 185.00 

Special Offer – Extend your Tour to 4-Day for an extra $275.00 pp* (available for a limited time only)

Non Photographer companion welcome

Take 5% off of the total costs of any tours when you sign up for 2 participants or more tours* (*conditions apply, not valid with any other offers, applicable only for direct online bookings)

Escape the busy tracks and experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to shoot dramatic scenery from sunrise to sunset, and capture some of Margaret River and Southwest WA most breathtaking landscape. This Margaret River Region photo tour is offered as a stand-alone tour with option to add a pre – Perth tour extension or 3, 4 up to 7-Day to your tour down WA’s Southwest.  It is a perfect tour to include a non-photographer companion.

Observers/ non-photographers companions can either tag along while you are out taking photographs, or do their own  exploring of the surroundings and we’ll all meet up in the  evenings to share a few stories of the day’s  events.

 

What is included?

  • A unique itinerary to Margaret River Region specially designed for photographers
  • 2x Breakfast, 3x lunch and welcome dinners
  • A taste of fresh local produce throughout the duration of the tour
  • Comfortable air-conditioned 4WD/ Bus
  • All entrance fees to exhibits, national parks & locations that we visit for photography
  • Martial’s expertise in guiding and photographic instruction

Level of physical difficulty: 2 out of 5

This Margaret River & Southwest WA 3-Day Tour starts in Perth and finishes in Perth. Note that this tour is also available to start from Busselton Airport or in Margaret River itself. It is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers of all ages. A moderate level of fitness is required (some walking).

Itinerary

Margaret River and Southwest WA Photo Tour (3-Day Tour)

Escape the busy touristic tracks and take a once in a lifetime photography road trip down Western Australia’s Southwest. Explore Busselton iconic old jetty, Cape Naturalist National Park, Bunker Bay, Sugarloaf, Canal Rock, Geographe Bay and the picturesque Margaret Rive Wine Region!

Our 3, 4 up to 7-days tour options are available on demand, and can be tailored to include some of the most remote and untouched places in Western Australia’s Southwest; Augusta, Pemberton, Karri Forrest, Valley of the Giant, Tree Top Walk, Walpole, Denmark, Elephant Cove, Albany and the magnificent Stirling Range National Park.

 

Day One

Perth direction south on to the Old Coast Road, Lake Clifton, Bunbury, Busselton with our first stop for introductions and coffee at Lake Clifton famous Thrombolites site and refreshments in Port Bouvard Winery vicinity. Early afternoon check-in into our Dunsborough accommodation, and then off to capture Cape Naturaliste Headland and the northern point of the Leeuwin–Naturaliste Ridge. Sunset shoot, dinner and weather permitting our first nightscape astrophotography session/ workshop.

 

Day Two

Early start to catch the sunrise at the Old Busselton Jetty, before heading back to our accommodation for breakfast. After breakfast (2-Day option – we pack on bags) or (3-Day option, some free time and a good opportunity to download your files and go through some constructive group or one-to-one critics session and post processing workflow tips as well as Photoshop/ Lighroom processing techniques time permitting). Today we are off to Yallingup, Yallingup Beach, Canal Rock and onto Caves Road to Margaret River. We’ll enjoy lunch a one of the iconic Margaret River wineries and do some Margaret River wine tasting.

In the afternoon we’ll explore the region surrounding of Margaret River famous surf beach before heading back to Perth via the Old South Western Hwy, through the Peel Region, Harvey and Pinjarra all the way back to Perth. This concludes our 2-Day Tour package.

 

Day Three

The 4-Day option give you more time to appreciate the very best of Margaret River!

…plus the added bonus of an extra sunrise, sunset and night photography session! More time means more opportunities. We checkout Smith Beach, Wyadup Natural Spa. Visit Hamlin Bay where rays like to sunbathing near the shore and with a bit of luck spot a few whales hanging out during the migration season from the picturesque Cape Leeuwin peninsula historic lighthouse, where the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean meet.

Both itinerary options have been carefully planned to allow you to experience an array of historical township, landmarks and iconic farmland along the 350 kilometres journey back to Perth.

A perfect add-on  before your MARGARET RIVER Photo Tour is our PERTH HALF DAY TOUR or following straight after our MARGARET RIVER tour join us on our PINNACLES Photo Tour extension.

Photography Outline

Nature, Landscape, Fauna, Nightscape Photography and Wildflowers in season

In addition to great daily photo opportunities and night excursions, we will also touch on the following photography topics, including:

  • Dare to go manual Vs Auto camera settings, when to change
  • Working with available light [read & understand the light]
  • What lenses should I use
  • Understanding your DSLR camera
  • Camera settings for macro
  • Camera settings for landscape photography
  • Camera settings for nature photography
  • Image composition, the golden rules and how to break it!
  • How to read your histogram and how to fine-tune-it?
  • Depth of Field calculation, be in control
  • Camera settings to take the perfect shot every time
  • Image composition, the golden rules and how to break it!
  • Adjust your image exposure in relation to your subject
  • Capturing raw
  • Post-processing

 

Camera Equipment

Your favourite DSLR camera, a multi focal lens (i.e 18-70mm) or fix lens, the wider the angle the better, and a medium to long-range lens (i.e. 80-300mm), plenty of memory cards and fully charged batteries. A small steady tripod & cable release for long exposure is essential. Don’t forget to bring your camera manual if you are not 100% sure about your camera functions. Please note that for better results a recent DSLR digital camera is preferable (0-5yrs old) as technology changes. Polarizer filter, Neutral Density and grabs filters are not a prerequisite but are great tools to have for long exposure and colour saturation.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers of all ages, however a good sense of humour and minimum fitness is recommended. Sturdy shoes, suitable warm cloths, drink bottle and a good camera bag!

Personal Items and Weather Conditions

Temperature can range from: 8C to 20C in winter and 18C to 35C in the peak of summer

Average  monthly rain  for this time of year: 3day/ Jan-Feb- Mar and 20day/ Jun-Jul-Aug

Be organised and pack smart. Sturdy shoes, hat and sunscreen are essential. We will email you a more detailed and updated recommendation list on what to bring with your booking confirmation depending on the time of the years and weather conditions. I recommend packing a basic easy to grab jacket or lightweight rain coat, etc. in a smaller backpack or in your camera bag in case the weather changes suddenly.

Light weight rain jacket and rain pants.  You don’t have to go all out here, but it will also help you to keep warm at night. * I really suggest a rain jacket if nothing else, the rain gear will keep you dry when walking in the parks. I have a pair of Teflon rain pants & jacket, super light and perfect to keep in you camera bag in case of a sudden change in the weather.

A warm weather proof jacket, long trousers and a jumper or light jacket during the winter month is a must.  It can get really cold late afternoon with the sea breeze all year round.

Hat and sun screen protection.

Equipment

 


Tour Extensions

A perfect add-on  before your Margaret River Photo Tour is our Half Day Perth photo tour or after your Margaret River Photo Tour to join us on a Day Trip Pinnacles National Park Tour

Take 5% off of the total costs of any WA tours when you sign up for 2 participants or more tours.

 

Perth-by-Night Photo Tour | Perth Photo Tour

Flexible with dates |  Available all year round

Click here for more information »

 

Nambung National Park | Pinnacles Photo Tour

Flexible with dates |  Available all year round (January N/R) 

Cancellations, Refunds, Guides & Weather Policy

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellation Policy: A 25 – 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your seat depending on the tour that you have selected - refer to individual itinerary. Seats to be paid in full at the time of booking or within 4 weeks of departure on all Australian tours except all extended tours; 8 weeks for Karijini, Exmouth to Broome, Golden Outback & Southwest WA, Margaret River, Kalbarri Coral Coast 5-Day and Wave Rock, and 12 weeks on all extended European & USA tours including: Paris, Zermatt, Venice, Tuscany, Italian Dolomites, Swiss & French Alps tour and USA Canyons & National Parks. Cancellations less than 30 days on day tours no refund; 12 weeks for all extended tours, including: Karijini, Exmouth to Broome, Golden Outback & Southwest WA, Margaret River, Kalbarri Coral Coast 5-Day and Wave Rock, it also includes all our international tours & workshops: Paris, Zermatt, Venice, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Italian Dolomites, Swiss & French Alps tour and all the North American tours. Deposits non refundable except tours cancelled due to sever weather, mechanical failure or minimum numbers not met; full refund will be given. Minimum and maximum numbers are at the discretion of the operator. Tours already commenced no refund. No refund for tours missed due to lateness & sickness. Travel insurance and public liability (in the even you accidentally damage someone else property) are mandatory on all our extended tours and highly recommended on day tours as well. Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure. Maximum 1 baggage* per person i.e. Camera bag water bottle jumper (Extra luggage* allowance on all extended tours (1 pp – personal effects) NOTE: We cannot guarantee that you will see kangaroos emus or any wild animals on our tours nor wildflowers as they are seasonal. For MasterClass workshops extended tours and international travel policy please check our website or individual tours.

 

Tour Guides

Our tours leader is Martial Fatton – Blue Tongue Tours Owner/ Operator, however we reserve the right to provide a photographer of our choosing, which we guarantee is competent of their position. Your assigned photographer might change from initial notification until the tour departure due to illness, engagements or any other reason deemed necessary by Blue Tongue Tours, not limited to the photographers listed on this site. While we do our best to match you with a photographer of your choosing if requested, for these reasons we cannot guarantee a specific photographer for an individual tour.

 

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, before the tour commences, you have the option of a) continuing the tour as planned and we’ll do our best to concentrate the tour to areas sheltered from the elements. At prior request, we can provide an umbrella. Or b) rescheduling the tour at no additional cost (availability permitting). 

Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and other circonstances beyond our control. Changes in the itinerary are always made to provide the best possible experience and safety of our clients!