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Daintree Photography Retreat

Unlock your potential as a photographer while fostering a deep connection with nature, empowering you to capture stunning images and become a dedicated steward for the preservation of the Daintree Rainforest.

Dates:

Meet

Spend 3 days with a small group of likeminded people. Make new friends, create connections and share your experience. 

Explore

Journey through the oldest rainforest on earth, where every step unveils a new realm of natural beauty and photographic inspiration.

Learn
 

Engage in immersive workshops tailored to enhance your photography skills, supported by personalised guidance and  hands-on learning.

Capture

Seize fleeting moments of natural wonder through your lens to immortalise the beauty of this ancient ecosystem, with no-one rushing you to stick to a 1 day schedule. 

Stay

Spend two enchanting nights nestled in the heart of the  rainforest, amidst the sights and sounds of nature.

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Tour Overview

Escape into the captivating realm of the Daintree Rainforest with my immersive 3-day photography retreat, carefully crafted to provide a comprehensive exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder. 

Day 1:
Your journey begins with convenient pickups from Cairns, Northern Beaches, and Port Douglas, setting the stage for an adventure filled with discovery. Delight your taste buds with a lunch at Beechwoods Mossman, followed by an awe-inspiring visit to the sacred Mossman Gorge, where crystal-clear waters cascade over ancient rocks. As the day draws to a close, embark on a magical sunset cruise along the meandering Daintree River with Daintree River Wild Watch, capturing the birds, crocodiles and other wildlife that call the river home. Arrive at the tranquil retreat of Daintree Siesta, where a sumptuous dinner awaits, followed by a photo review session under the star-studded sky, setting the tone for the days ahead.

Day 2:
Awaken to the soft hues of dawn as you venture to Cow Bay beach for a breathtaking sunrise shoot, a mesmerising start to a day filled with learning and exploration. After a nourishing breakfast at Daintree Siesta, dive into a series of workshops designed to elevate your photography skills, from understanding the intricacies of your camera's functions to mastering the art of composition. Break for a delectable lunch before delving into the world of editing, where you'll uncover techniques to bring your images to life with finesse. As dusk descends, savour a delectable dinner before embarking on a captivating night walk around the grounds of Daintree Siesta, immersing yourself in the nocturnal wonders of the rainforest. Conclude the day with a photo review session, reflecting on the moments captured and the skills honed.

Day 3:
Bid farewell to Daintree Siesta after a rejuvenating breakfast, setting off for Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef in a breathtaking fusion of landscapes. Embark on a leisurely stroll along the Dubuji boardwalk, marveling at the rich biodiversity that surrounds you, before indulging in a delightful picnic lunch amidst the verdant canopy. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to the iconic Daintree Ice Cream Company, where tropical flavours tantalise the senses. Continue your exploration with a walk along the Jindalba boardwalk, immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of the rainforest. As the day draws to a close, bid adieu to this ancient land, with drop-offs in Port Douglas, Northern Beaches, and Cairns, each departure marked by a sense of gratitude for the memories created and the connections forged.

Summary:
This retreat offers more than just a journey through the Daintree Rainforest; it's a transformative experience that combines the thrill of exploration with the artistry of photography. From sunrise shoots to sunset cruises, from workshops to wanderings, each moment is designed to deepen your connection with nature and elevate your photographic prowess. With personalised guidance, luxurious accommodations, and unforgettable experiences, our retreat promises to be a journey of discovery, inspiration, and growth amidst the ancient wonders of the Daintree Rainforest.

Itenerary

Day 1

9:30-10am Pick up Cairns
10-10:30am Pick up Northern Beaches
11-11:30am Pick up Port Douglas
12pm Lunch in Beechwoods Mossman
1pm Mossman Gorge
3:30pm Sunset Cruise on Daintree River with Daintree River Wild Watch
6:30pm Arrive at Daintree Siesta
7pm Dinner at Daintree Siesta
7:30pm Photo Review Session

Day 2

6am Sunrise at Cow Bay beach
7am Breakfast at Daintree Siesta
9am Workshop - what do all the buttons do?
11am Workshop - Composition
12:30pm Lunch at Daintree Siesta
2pm Workshop - editing
6pm Dinner at Daintree Siesta
7pm Night walk around Daintree Siesta grounds
8pm Photo Review Session

Day 3

7am Breakfast at Daintree Siesta
9am check out of Daintree Siesta
9:30am Cape Tribulation
10:30am Dubuji boardwalk
12pm Picnic lunch at Dubuji
1pm Daintree Ice cream company
2pm Jindalba boardwalk
4-4:30pm Drop of Port Douglas
5-5:30pm Drop of Northern beaches
5:30-6pm Drop of Cairns

*times and locations may change 

Click or tap on the map items to learn where each destination is. 

Key Locations

Embark on a photographic odyssey through the iconic landscapes of the Daintree Rainforest, where every stop reveals the timeless beauty and ecological. 

What Will You See?

The Daintree is filled with many different species of wildlife. I can't guarantee that you will see any of these but I will do my best to show you as many as possible. 

Robyn

Tracey is generous sharing her knowledge and expertise and is a patient tutor. . I enjoyed having one-on-one time with you to improve my knowledge of using the correct exposure in varying light conditions.

LeAnne

I was a little bewildered at first as to what iso, shutter speeds etc. But I only had to ask & of course experiment. Overall it was well planned, good spots for shooting and topped of with commentary which was an added bonus.

Kate

Tracey is really knowledgeable across many different camera brands and types, and was able to show us how to best capture the scene with our own specific cameras.  This was incredibly useful.  

About the Daintree

Nestled along the northeastern coast of Australia, the Daintree Rainforest stands as a living testament to the wonders of nature's creation. Spanning over 1,200 square kilometers, this ancient ecosystem is one of the oldest rainforests on the planet, dating back over 180 million years. Its lush canopy shelters a staggering array of plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Towering trees, draped in verdant foliage and veiled in mist, form the backbone of this biodiverse paradise, while crystal-clear streams meander through the undergrowth, nourishing the forest's inhabitants.

Within the depths of the Daintree, a myriad of life flourishes, from elusive mammals like the tree kangaroo and cassowary to vibrant birds like the Ulysses butterfly and Rainbow Lorikeet. Beneath the forest floor, a bustling community of insects and invertebrates plays a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of this ancient ecosystem. But perhaps most striking of all is the sense of timelessness that permeates the air, as if the very essence of the rainforest is imbued with the wisdom of ages past. As visitors wander along shaded pathways, gazing up at the towering canopy overhead or listening to the gentle trickle of a hidden waterfall, they are transported to a world untouched by time—a world where the wonders of nature reign supreme, and the spirit of the rainforest lives on in every leaf and creature that calls this place home.

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Weather and Climate

In September, the Daintree Rainforest experiences its transition from the dry season to the wet season, offering visitors a unique blend of warm temperatures and occasional rainfall. While daytime temperatures typically range from the mid-20s to low 30s Celsius (70s to 90s Fahrenheit), evenings may bring cooler conditions, especially as the rainforest canopy provides shade from the tropical sun. With the onset of the wet season approaching, intermittent showers are common, contributing to the rainforest's lush greenery and vibrant ecosystem. While rainfall is often brief and localised, it's advisable to come prepared for the possibility of getting caught in a shower during outdoor activities.

When packing for your adventure in the Daintree Rainforest, it's essential to dress for both comfort and versatility. Lightweight, breathable clothing made from moisture-wicking fabrics is ideal for navigating the rainforest's humid conditions, allowing you to stay cool and dry even in the midst of a rain shower. Consider packing quick-drying clothing that can easily be layered to accommodate changes in temperature throughout the day. Closed-toe shoes with good traction are essential for navigating the forest trails, while a lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho will come in handy for staying dry during unexpected rain showers. Don't forget to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun's rays and biting insects. 

About the Accomdation

Nestled amidst the tranquil beauty of the Daintree Rainforest, Daintree Siesta offers a serene retreat for those seeking to immerse themselves in nature's embrace. The motel-style accommodation provides the perfect blend of comfort and convenience, with each rainforest room designed to enhance your stay in all seasons. Equipped with air-conditioning and ceiling fans, you'll stay cool and comfortable even on balmy tropical evenings. Enjoy the privacy of your own en-suite bathroom, along with tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridge for storing your favorite treats, and a private outdoor seating area where you can unwind amidst the sights and sounds of the rainforest. 

At the on-site licensed outdoor tropical restaurant, you'll savour the flavours of the Daintree with each delicious meal. Whether you're craving the famous pan-fried barramundi and butterfly chips or opting for one of the gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan options, there's something to delight every palate. As you dine amidst the lush greenery of the rainforest, you'll find yourself immersed in the natural beauty that surrounds you, creating the perfect ambiance for relaxation and rejuvenation. With the restaurant serving as the hub for meals and workshops alike, you'll enjoy a seamless experience where culinary delights and creative inspiration come together in perfect harmony.

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Why should you do a tour with me?

I have been a photographer for over 18 years and have a BA Hons Degree in the subject.

After completing my degree, I spent 5 years travelling through South East Asia, taking thousands of photos of people, landscapes, wildlife and even the underwater world. 


I am now settled in Australia where I started up my business five years ago to teach photography and pass on my passion for it. In that time I have helped many budding photographers improve their skills and knowledge to the point that they are now taking amazing images without much effort. 

I’m all about making photography fun and easy-to-learn with plenty of personalised tuition! Teaching is my passion and joy, and I aim to transmit that joy through imparting my repertoire of photography techniques on to my students.

I cannot wait to see the photos we take together!

I've never been on a retreat before, is this for me?

Absolutely! My Daintree Photography Retreat welcomes individuals of all experience levels, whether you're a seasoned photographer or a beginner embarking on your first tour. This retreat is designed to cater to a diverse range of participants, providing valuable insights and hands-on guidance to help you develop your photography skills and unleash your creativity. From immersive workshops covering essential techniques to guided photo walks through the breathtaking landscapes of the Daintree Rainforest, there's something for everyone to enjoy and learn from. The friendly and supportive atmosphere ensures that you'll feel comfortable and empowered to explore your passion for photography, regardless of your previous experience.

Is this suitable for beginners?

Absolutely! My Daintree Photography Retreat is tailored to accommodate photographers of all skill levels, including beginners. Whether you're just starting out or looking to refine your photography skills, this retreat offers a supportive and educational environment where you can learn and grow. The workshops cover fundamental techniques such as composition,  and camera settings, providing beginners with a solid foundation to build upon. Additionally, I am on hand to offer personalised guidance and support, ensuring that you feel confident and empowered to capture stunning images throughout the retreat. With a focus on hands-on learning and creative exploration, this retreat is the perfect opportunity for beginners to immerse themselves in the art of photography while exploring the beauty of the Daintree Rainforest.

What type of shots can I expect to get?

During your time in the Daintree Rainforest, you can expect to capture a diverse range of shots that showcase the beauty and biodiversity of this ancient ecosystem. From sweeping vistas of lush greenery and cascading waterfalls to intimate close-ups of exotic flora and fauna, the opportunities for stunning photography are endless. Keep your camera ready to capture the vibrant colours of tropical birds, the intricate patterns of insects, and perhaps the majestic presence of wildlife such as the elusive cassowary. Whether you're drawn to landscapes, wildlife, or macro photography, the Daintree Rainforest offers a wealth of subjects to inspire your creativity and capture unforgettable moments.

What equipment do I need?

To make the most of your photography experience in the Daintree Rainforest, it's recommended to bring along a versatile set of equipment that suits your photographic style and preferences. A digital camera with interchangeable lenses allows for flexibility in capturing a wide range of subjects, from expansive landscapes to detailed close-ups. Consider packing a standard zoom lens for general shooting, a wide-angle lens for capturing sweeping vistas, and a telephoto lens for photographing wildlife from a distance. Additionally, a sturdy tripod will help stabilize your shots, especially in low-light conditions or when using slower shutter speeds. Don't forget to bring spare batteries and memory cards to ensure you never miss a shot, as well as lens cleaning supplies to keep your gear in top condition amidst the rainforest's humidity. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or a beginner, having the right equipment on hand will help you make the most of your time in this breathtaking natural wonderland.

Can I do this retreat with a phone?

While it's technically possible to participate in the retreatwith a phone camera, it's not the most recommended option, especially for capturing wildlife photography. The Daintree Rainforest is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, some of which may be far away and require the use of a zoom lens for optimal photography. While phone cameras can produce decent quality images, they often lack the zoom capabilities and image stabilization needed to capture clear shots of distant subjects. To fully appreciate and document the beauty of the rainforest and its inhabitants, it's recommended to bring along a digital camera with interchangeable lenses, allowing for greater flexibility and quality in your photography.

I have a camera but I'm not sure how to use it, can I still do this retreat?

Yes, absolutely! This retreat is designed for both beginners and experienced photographers. I provide valuable guidance on how to take stunning photos. Included in the retreat are workshops on composition, what do all the buttons do and editing your photos. Each of these workshops will help you to understand your camera and enable you to take beautiful photos of the rainforest. 

However, if you have a camera but are not familiar with how to use it, I highly recommend taking my "Get To Know Your Camera" course first. This short course provides an overview of your camera's features and settings and how to use them to get the best possible photos.

By taking this course before the retreat, you will be able to get the most out of your camera during the retreat and capture stunning photos of the Daintree Rainforest.

What photography techniques will we talk about?

During the retreat, we will cover a variety of photography techniques to help you capture the beauty of the Daintree Rainforest. From mastering composition and lighting to understanding the use of aperture and shutter speed, you'll learn how to create compelling and evocative images that showcase the unique essence of this ancient ecosystem. We'll also explore techniques for photographing wildlife, including tips for approaching subjects respectfully and capturing their behavior in natural settings. Additionally, we'll discuss post-processing techniques to enhance your images and bring out their full potential. Whether you're a beginner looking to build a solid foundation in photography or an experienced photographer seeking to refine your skills, our workshops will provide valuable insights and hands-on practice to elevate your craft.

How long will we spend at each location?

We will spend between 30 minutes and 2 hours at each location. This will give you enough time to explore the area, take photos and learn about the historical and cultural significance of the site. However, please note that the duration may vary depending on the group's pace and interests. Please see the above itinerary for more details

What should I wear?

For exploring the Daintree Rainforest, it's best to dress comfortably and appropriately for the tropical climate and varied terrain. Lightweight, breathable clothing made from moisture-wicking fabrics is ideal for staying cool and dry in the humid conditions. Closed-toe shoes with good traction are essential for navigating the forest trails, while a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses offer protection from the sun's rays. As the weather can be unpredictable, especially during the transition from dry to wet season, it's advisable to bring along a lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho to stay dry during occasional rain showers. Don't forget to pack sunscreen and insect repellent to protect yourself from the sun and biting insects. With the right attire and preparation, you'll be ready to comfortably enjoy all that the Daintree Rainforest has to offer.

What if the weather is bad?

Rest assured, September is typically an excellent time to explore the Daintree Rainforest, boasting favorable weather conditions and mild temperatures. However, in the rare event of exceptionally adverse weather conditions, I may need to make adjustments to ensure the safety and comfort of all participants. Your safety and enjoyment are paramount, and any changes to the retreat schedule will be made with careful consideration and communicated promptly. Your decision to join us during this optimal weather window ensures that you'll have the best opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the rainforest and make unforgettable memories.

What fitness level is required?

Our Daintree Photography Retreat caters to participants of varying fitness levels. While some activities may involve light walking or hiking on forest trails, the pace is generally relaxed, allowing for plenty of time to explore and capture the beauty of the rainforest at your own pace. However, it's essential to consider that some locations within the rainforest may have uneven terrain, stairs or inclines, which could require moderate mobility and stamina. If you have any concerns about your fitness level or mobility, please don't hesitate to contact me, and I'll be happy to provide additional information and assistance to ensure your comfort and enjoyment during the retreat.

What is the food like? Are there options for specific dietary requirements?

I strive to accommodate all dietary requirements to ensure that every guest enjoys a satisfying culinary experience. I kindly ask that you inform me of any specific dietary needs or restrictions before the retreat begins so that the chefs can tailor meals to your preferences. Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or have any other dietary concerns, I am here to cater to your needs and ensure that you can savour the flavours of the Daintree Rainforest with confidence. Daintree Siesta offer a wide menu which has options to cater for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets. Please check out their website for more details. 

How many participants will be on the retreat

Between 2 and 6 participants will be on the retreat This allows for plenty of 1 on 1 time to get personalised help and assistance. This does include any non-photographer companions that you or other participants bring along. 

Can I book for more than one person?

Yes, absolutely! You have the option to book for multiple people through the convenient booking form. Simply indicate the number of participants you'd like to book for, and provide the necessary information for each individual joining the retreat. Whether you're planning to come with friends, family members, or fellow photography enthusiasts, I welcome groups of all sizes to join us for an unforgettable experience in the Daintree Rainforest. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance with your booking—I am here to help make your retreat as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

Can I bring my friend/family member who does not have an interest in photography?

While you're welcome to bring along a friend or family member who may not have a keen interest in photography, please note that my retreats are primarily tailored to cater to photography enthusiasts. As such, there is no discount available for non-photographers, and they may find the pace of the activities to be a bit slow-paced for their liking. However, they are more than welcome to join in on the experience and enjoy the beauty of the Daintree Rainforest alongside you. 

Are gift cards available? Can I purchase this for someone else?

Yes, gift cards are available for purchase, offering recipients the flexibility to redeem them for any tour, retreat, or in-person course of their choice. While you cannot directly book for someone else due to the need for their contact and personal details, you can gift them a voucher that they can use to secure their spot on the desired experience. It's important to note that places for the retreats are limited, so it's advisable to inform the recipient to book promptly to ensure they reserve their place. Whether they're a photography enthusiast or nature lover, a gift card provides the perfect opportunity for them to embark on an unforgettable adventure in the Daintree Rainforest.

I've made my booking, now what?

After successfully making your booking, you'll receive a confirmation email with all the necessary details about the retreat, including dates, itinerary, accommodation information, and any other relevant information you may need to know. Additionally, you can expect to receive further emails in the lead-up to the retreat with additional details, reminders, and any updates or changes to the itinerary. 

To ensure you make the most out of your retreat experience, consider preparing beforehand by taking one of my photography courses such as Get To Know Your Camera or downloading an Ebook. These resources will help you familiarise yourself with essential photography techniques and concepts, allowing you to approach the retreat with confidence and readiness to capture stunning images in the Daintree Rainforest. 

I've lost my confirmation email, what do I do?

If you've misplaced your confirmation emails for the Daintree Photography Retreat, don't worry—I'm here to help! Please contact me as soon as possible, and I'll be happy to assist you in retrieving the necessary information. Simply provide me with your full name and booking details, and I'll resend the confirmation emails to you promptly. My goal is to ensure that you have all the information you need to prepare for and enjoy your retreat experience to the fullest. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Are flights included?

No, flights are not included in the retreat package. However, I do provide convenient pick-up options from hotels in Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Port Douglas. Upon booking, please provide me with your accommodation details, and I'll arrange for your pick-up at the designated time. My goal is to make your journey to the Daintree Rainforest as seamless and stress-free as possible, so you can focus on enjoying the retreat experience to the fullest. If you have any questions or need assistance with transportation arrangements, feel free to reach out

What about travel insurance?

While travel insurance is not included in the retreat package, I highly recommend that all participants have adequate travel insurance coverage for the duration of the retreat. As we'll be venturing into remote areas of the Daintree Rainforest, having travel insurance provides you with peace of mind and financial protection in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost/stolen belongings. Before embarking on your journey, I advise reviewing your insurance policy to ensure it covers all aspects of your travel needs, including activities and destinations. Should you require assistance or have any questions regarding travel insurance, don't hesitate to reach out.

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