Central Highlands Tasmania

Weekend Photography Retreat

Our Central Highlands Weekend Photography Retreat is an immersive weekend of landscape, nature, wildlife and night-sky photography within the Central Plateau Conservation Area (part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area).

Escape the busyness of modern life for an immersive weekend of photography – an opportunity to take full advantage of photography instruction conveyed in an informal, yet informative and practical, approach.
‘Learn-by-doing’ and hone your personal skills to capture images that define how you see the natural world. Our retreats are led by local Tasmanian nature photographers and designed for amateur photographers at all levels.

You’ll learn about various locations and photographic perspectives so you can be where you most want to be, when the light is just right. Photo shoots include early morning and evening – during the blue-hour and at twilight, dusk, dawn, sunset and sunrise. After dark, capture the magic of a starry night sky and, if atmospheric conditions are right, you may be fortunate to observe Mother Nature’s spectacular light show – an Aurora Australis (Southern Lights).

The area is home to a diversity of wildlife too – from Wallabies, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils and Quolls, and an abundance of native birds, some endemic, others endangered, and some more elusive than others (observations vary from season to season).

Our base for the weekend is Thousand Lakes Lodge, on the shores of Lake Augusta, one of the 1,000+ pristine glacial lakes in a rugged wilderness. We’ll explore by foot or by vehicle, and take an e-bike adventure if you wish. After a full day of photography, you’ll be sure to relax and unwind in the comforts of the lodge.

You will have a dedicated photography tutor and a tour host accompanying you so you won’t need to do anything except relax, enjoy and immerse yourself in photography and your surroundings – the perfect stress-free weekend away.

When not out and about on photo shoots, take advantage of some time discover new and different post-processing techniques using the digital equivalent of a photographic darkroom, Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Lightroom.

Travelling with a non-photographer? There is plenty of opportunity to simply relax and enjoy other activities. Your tour host is available to be their guide while you enjoy all the photo shoots with your tutor. 

Sample Itinerary

Your itinerary may vary so you get to focus on photographing the scenes and subjects that most interest you, while ensuring the best possible experience in the time you have.

Day 1: Hobart to Liawenee (L, D)

Your Central Highlands Photography Retreat begins when we meet you at your hotel in Hobart and travel to via the historic township of Bothwell to Liawenee, during which there’ll be several photo stops along the way.

Arriving at our our accommodation for the next two nights we check in and decide upon the afternoon’s activities. Enjoy a hearty lunch and spend the afternoon out photographing followed by a twilight/sunset shoot. Remaining on location, pre-dinner refreshments will be followed by a delicious 2-course dinner with beverages (weather permitting).

After dark, a night sky photo shoot and, if Mother Nature puts on her spectacular night light show in the dark sky, a chance at Aurora photography too.

Day 2: Thousand Lakes and surrounds (B, L, D)

An early start to the day with a sunrise shoot followed by a day focusing on your photographic interests and objectives. There’s a diversity of natural attractions to explore around the lakes and alpine heath habitat. We’ll explore on foot with leisurely walks while access locations further afield by vehicle or e-bike. Lunch today will be catered for according to your chosen activities.

Another twilight and sunset shoot followed by a delicious 3-course dinner featuring Tasmanian food and wine.

After dinner, shoot for the stars with another night sky photo shoot, and if the opportunity presents, Aurora photography.

Day 3: Thousand Lakes to Hobart (B, L)

Our final morning in the Central Highlands to capture the first light as the sun rises over the stunning alpine landscape. We return to our accommodation for breakfast before checking out.

After breakfast, you may choose to take more time to photograph the area around the lodge, or opt to visit local attractions enroute to Hobart, like the Waddamana (Hydro) Power Station Museum, The Steppes Historic Site or Nant Estate whisky distillery.

Your 3-day weekend photography retreat concludes when we arrive at your Hobart accommodation or at the airport if you are departing on an evening flight.

Retreat details

Location

Central Highlands, Tasmania
(Departs and returns Hobart)

Dates

By arrangement, subject to availability (advance bookings highly recommended)

Accommodation

Private double or twin-share room at Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge

Transport

You will travel in a late model, spacious and very comfortable SUV

Included

All transport departing and returning Hobart and between photo shoot locations

National Park entry fees (where applicable)

Two nights accommodation in double or twin-share room

All meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, morning
and afternoon tea each day)

Professional one-on-one photography tuition

Image review and post-processing tutorials

Excluded

Flights to and from Tasmania (tour commences in Hobart)

Pre and post tour accommodation in Hobart

Optional activities to enhance your experience

Purchases of a personal nature such as souvenirs and internet use

Personal camera and equipment insurance (travel insurance recommended)

Meals

You will enjoy hearty meals featuring fine Tasmanian produce.

Beverages

Drinking water is available throughout each and every day

Tea/coffee, juice and/or soft drinks with meals as provided

Complimentary wine or beer with dinner

Exertion Level

Easy/Moderate/Hard – You will be chauffeured to each photo shoot with locations reached by an easy or moderate walk from the car.

Some walks may be taken when dark or at pre-dawn (optional). Uneven paths, slippery rocks and uphill sections may need to be traversed.

A moderate level of fitness is required for most walks however activities may be adapted according to individual requirements.

Enhance your experience

A scenic helicopter transfer flight may be arrange by request.
When in Hobart, a boat cruise or scenic flight may be of interest.

Your hosts

Roy Vieth – private photography tutor
Coreena Vieth – personal tour host