5 DAYS AND 4 NIGHTS EXPLORING THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD & THE GREAT OTWAY NATIONAL PARK

26-31 June 2021

A composite blend of a fast frame for the moving leaves and slow frame for the moving water.

AUD $500.00AUD $1,999.00 Inc GSTSelect options

This workshop requires a minimum of 4 people to proceed. In the event that we do not meet this number, your deposit will be returned to you in full prior to the workshop start date.

The Great Ocean road & the Great Otway National Park in South Western Victoria offer up some of the most iconic and postcard-like photography options in Australia. The wide variety of landscapes on offer are dramatic waterfalls, moody cliffs with waves crashing, stunning beach coves, rolling grassy vistas and more.

I Will Faulkner, will be serving as both instructor and guide as I have photographed the landscape extensively and know all the best photography positions.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrival Day & The 12 Apostles

We meet at Flinders Street station at 8.00 am. From there we travel to Port Campbell and check in to our accommodation.

Fill in the afternoon hours by taking your camera along the cliff walks or exploring the historic town. In the evening we travel about 30 minutes to the iconic 12 Apostles. This site is best photographed at sunset with the sun to the left of frame casting light onto the huge sandstone pillars. Panoramic aspect photographs work best here.

Day 2: Loch Ard Gorge & Tom and Eva Lookout

On day 2 in Port Campbell we shoot one of the best photography locations in Victoria, Loch Ard Gorge offers up multiple different compositions all within 10 minutes walk from each other. This location is so good that we will spend the morning light and the evening light shooting the different views here. These views work best with panoramic stitched compositions captured with wide-angle lenses.

Day 3: Johanna Beach & Cape Otway Lightstation with the milky way

The next morning we travel to our accommodation at Lavers Hill, check-in and do a post-processing session from the day before. From there we can enjoy photographing the stunning Johanna beach. This stunning beach has a backdrop of huge rolling cliffs. The cliffs are the highest in Victoria. They photograph really well from beach level with a zoom lens.

In the evening we photograph Cape Otway Light station both at sunset and after dark. This location lends itself well to astrophotography with the milky way coming into view behind it at this time of year.

In the evening we enjoy a lovely meal and relax in our comfortable accommodation in Lavers Hill.

Day 4: Hopetoun Falls & Stevensons Falls

After breakfast we and head to Hopetoun Falls in The Great Otway National Park. We take the staircase down a steep path to capture this awesome photography location. These waterfalls are absolutely breathtaking. They are larger than most falls in Victoria. Bring your wide-angle lens and ND filter for this scene.

After we’re done it’s back to our comfortable lodging in Lavers Hill to enjoy a post-processing session before heading up to Stevenson’s falls in the evening. Stevenson’s falls are a multi-tiered set of falls with large rocks in the foreground.

Day 5: Clifton Springs Jetty

The next morning, we pack up very early and head to Clifton Springs jetty past Geelong. This location photographs best at sunrise so that means an early start. After the shoot is all done and everyone is happy we drive back to Flinders street station in Melbourne city, arriving around 10 am.

WHATS INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation – 4 nights of lodging. Each person will have their own room. (2 nights in Port Campbell and 2 nights in Lavers Hill). We will either rent a house or multiple rooms in a hotel.
  • Transportation – All transportation during the workshop, (as well as to and from Flinders Street station). We will have a 4WD vehicle or a minivan.
  • Breakfast in our accommodation and a restaurant dinner every day.
  • Instruction – I will be working with each attendee, making sure they are not only going home with photos they are proud of, but are learning and growing during the trip.
  • Small Groups – On this workshop, we will have an instructor to attendee ratio of 4-1. Giving each person plenty of 1 on time, and elbow room to work and be creative.
  • Post-processing sessions – We will have multiple post-processing sessions where we can sit down both as a group, and individually and show our workflows, work on your own images, and share images from the trip.

WHATS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch
  • Alcohol
  • Travel or injury insurance

Stevensons Falls

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

From a photography skill level point of view, everyone is welcome!  There is no need to be an advanced photographer by any means. From a physical standpoint, there will be a bit of hiking on this trip. Hikes reach anywhere from short yet steep hikes to around 5 km round trip trail hikes. The trails can be uneven and wet in some places. For this reason, those with heart issues, knee or leg issues, or any other problems that prohibit longer hike ability, will have a difficult time with this workshop.

Please mention upon booking if you have any dietary requirements.

WHAT TO BRING

Recommended are the following:

  • A tripod.
  • A mirrorless or DSLR style camera.
  • A wide-angle lens like a 16-35mm.
  • A zoom lens like a 24-70mm or 70-200mm.
  • A CPL filter.
  • An ND filter.
  • A backpack to put your gear in for the hikes.
  • Water bottle and snacks.
  • Clothes for the season, a warm jacket and a rain jacket.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Travel insurance.

As we all have to travel in one vehicle please try to limit your bags to 1 camera bag and 1 luggage bag.

Great Ocean Road Photography Workshop

WHAT THE TRIP IS LIKE

Before the workshop begins, we’ll start a new Facebook group just for attendees. You’ll meet everyone in the group (virtually) before we leave and be able to ask questions and prepare.

During this trip we will be photographing epic panoramas, plunging waterfalls, sweeping vistas and much more.

Weather will play a large role in this workshop. We will be monitoring weather patterns closely, which will have a large impact on each days Itinerary.  For that reason our itinerary will be very flexible, giving us the best possible situation for going home with the best images possible.

This is not a lazy vacation. This is serious, sleep-when-you’re-dead style photography.  We will be shooting during the extended hours of the late evening and early morning.

Each day is different. If we are given dramatic storm clouds, our shooting hours can be greatly extended through the day. Also know that the Grampians are known for their unpredictable and often extreme weather conditions. We should be ready for and can expect to have some stormy weather during our trip.

IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION

By attending this workshop, you agree to hold Will Faulkner harmless for all personal injury or loss that may occur during or in connection with this trip. You are responsible for your safety as you move about the Grampians. Do not push your physical abilities past what you are healthy enough to do. You are in charge of deciding if a location is safe for you to travel to.

Should the Instructor Will Faulkner become ill, injured, or otherwise unable to perform his duties at the workshop, a replacement will be provided to lead the workshop.

Travel insurance, as well as insurance for your photo gear, are both highly recommended.  All it takes is one random accident to ruin your day or even trip, so insurance while shooting is highly recommended.

Will Faulkner’s role in this workshop is to teach photography and guide you to great locations. You are responsible for your safety. Will Faulkner makes no effort to vet the other attendees of the trip and you need to make sure you are safe in their companionship.

In the event of extraordinary events, governmental instability, extreme weather, or other condition, Will Faulkner reserves the right to cancel this trip and return all workshop fees to participants.

REFUND POLICY:

You are welcome to a full refund of any money paid up until 1 month before the workshop start date. After that date your deposit is non refundable. If the minimum numbers for each workshop are not met your deposit or full payment will be refunded in full no later than 2 weeks before the workshop start date.