Port Davey Landscape Photography Tour 2021
This 4-day photographic cruise, led by award-winning photographer Andrew Wilson, photographer and guide Peter Marmion, and Skipper Pieter van der Woude offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph the landscapes of Tasmania’s wild Southwest.
Be one of the lucky few and cruise with us in Autumn 2021 on a dedicated photography cruise through an untouched corner of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness; Port Davey. Rugged landscapes, reflective waterways and fantastic light/dark contrasts shape Port Davey’s pristine wilderness, making it a photographer’s paradise. Travelling alongside experts in landscape photography, wilderness and waterways, this intimate, small group tour provides the perfect opportunity to take your skills in photography to the next level. You will discover the uniqueness of this hidden region, capturing images and creating experiences that you will treasure for a lifetime.
In the magnificent Southwest corner, you will see mountains rise out of the ocean and entire landscapes reflected on the water’s surface. From the panoramic views of the Breaksea Islands, to sunsets at Bramble Cove, you will be left feeling mesmerised and at one with nature. Capture the tranquility and pureness of true wilderness in comfort and style, aboard this custom-built cruise vessel.
Our photographic guides will aid you in seeking out the best light, locations, and compositions of your images, as well as talking you through the post-photograph process in both group and one-on-one sessions in the comfort of the Odalisque’s spacious lounge. This tour gives you the opportunity to photograph a special part of the world that only few have been privileged enough to experience. Not only will you get to experience its pristine, organic beauty, but you will be able to share it with others, through the art of photography.
We’re extremely lucky to be led by people with a lifetime of experience either in Port Davey or photographing similar landscapes. Your hosts on this cruise are Andrew Wilson, a commercial photographer and author of best-selling book series ‘Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania’, Peter Marmion, a wilderness guide who has been photographing the Port Davey area for over 50 years, and Pieter van der Woude, master mariner and the founder of Tasmanian Boat Charters.
Your trip will be tailored to chasing the best light and photographic opportunities available.
11.00am – Meet at Par Avion
11.30am – Scenic flight into the wilderness
12.30pm – Arrive in the Southwest at Melaleuca Airstrip
The next 4 days and 3 nights will be aimed at getting the best shots possible in the Southwest wilderness.
Highlights will include our experts’ top 10 favourite, captivating Port Davey features:
• Scenic sunsets at Bramble Cove
• Uniquely textured rock formations at the Breaksea Islands
• Panoramic views from the peaks of Balmoral Hill & Mt Beattie
• The contrast between reflective waterways and wild seas
• The huon pine lined gorge of the Davey River
• Spectacular lighting of the landscapes at dusk and dawn
• The saturation and subdued tones in the magical Autumn light
• Moody lighting in the cozy corners of the cliff faces
• Sea birds and marine life, including dolphins & seals
• Different perspectives: getting up close to the extremes before taking a step back to take it all in
1.00pm – Commence the return home
2:30pm – Arrive at Cambridge Airport, Hobart
The Expert Guides
Pieter van der Woude
Skipper and owner of the Odalisque, Pieter van der Woude, has had a lifetime of experience around the coastline of Tasmania, including 25 years as an abalone diver. Throughout his experience in the Southwest, Pieter has acquired an intimate knowledge of our secret, untouched rivers and bays. With 12 years in the Tasmanian Police Force, Pieter was heavily involved in diving, search and rescue, and marine sections, obtaining his Master 5 Cert. His intimate knowledge and passion for these waters makes him the perfect skipper and guide to discover with you the most photographable areas in the Southern Hemisphere.
Andrew Wilson is a Hobart-based best-selling author and award winning commercial and fine art photographer. In 2010, he embarked on a seven-year adventure visiting the coastlines, islands, ports, anchorages and boat sheds of Tasmania, photographing and documenting the fascinating tales of the island’s oldest living mariners. Andrew’s journey resulted in the publication two best-selling books titled ‘Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania’, selling over 8,500 copies Australia wide. On this tour, Andrew will be your daily companion and tutor, sharing with you all of his knowledge in photography techniques, post-processing and book publishing.
Peter Marmion is very fond of Tasmania’s Southwest wilderness, with a particular love for the quiet corner of Port Davey. He has been a frequent visitor to the region since the early 1970s, allowing him almost 50 years to master his landscape photography skills. To add to his list of publications, Peter is currently writing a book featuring his interactions with the wildlife, weather, characteristics and landscapes of Port Davey. His extensive experience with the area and deep understanding of its rich history makes him fully equipped to ensure photographers are in the right place at the right time.
The Vessel, Odalisque
Your floating workshop gives you panoramic access to every angle of Port Davey’s pristine beauty. The Odalisque has been custom-built for the comfort and safety of guests. Cruising with a maximum of 10 guests overnight, the Odalisque has three cabins, a comfortable entertaining and dining area and three spacious outside decks for sightseeing and photography of the picturesque, pristine environment. The galley consists of a contemporary spacious kitchen with an island bench, sofa seating and large open windows to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery or watch the chef cook up a storm. The open plan saloon area allows panoramic views and has plenty of lounging capacity to cater for poor weather conditions. It’s a true boutique floating hotel, perfect for taking in every part of the environment you’re in.
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30th March – 2nd April 2021
Minimum Guest Capacity
Minimum of 4 guests for departure
Maximum Guest Capacity
7 guests * ONLY 2 SPOTS REMAINING
Cost Per Person
Private Cabin: $11,600
Shared Cabin (2 per cabin): $5,600
- Return flights from Hobart to Bathurst Harbour with Par Avion
- Accommodation aboard Odalisque
- Expert skipper, interpretive guide and guest photography guide
- Menu featuring gourmet Tasmanian produce
- Fine Tasmanian wine and local boutique beer
- Tailored photographic itineraries
The Trip Essentials contain a detailed overview of everything you need to know about this expedition, including departure times, what to pack & tour inclusions.