Join Cathy Finch on a 3 night photography tour to LADY ELLIOT ISLAND, the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef, for a unique nature-based experience where you will be living in the home of breeding seabirds, nesting turtles, and swimming with an array of amazing marine creatures. 

Lady Elliot is the only Coral Cay of the Great Barrier Reef with its own private airstrip.  This allows you to be on the Great Barrier Reef in under an hour, where you can snorkel, dive, tour the reef in a glass bottom boat, feed the fish or take a guided reef walk.  To enhance this experience, we will be adding to your photography skills.  For the absolute beginner, a workshop will take place on the first afternoon/evening where I will guide you through getting to know your camera and getting you off auto (others who have already done my course are welcome to sit in as a refresher if you would like).  Throughout the following days there will be endless opportunities to practise your skills at sunrise, sunset, throughout the day, and under the stars if you so desire. 

 

Joining a group of like-minded photographers for the weekend, with a tutor on-hand, increases your rate of learning hugely.  You will be inspired by each other, learn off of each other, as well as your tutor, and create like never before.  The itinerary will be flexible to incorporate the wonderful marine world around you (tide will dictate many of the activities) – there will be a couple of underwater cameras for your use and also drones if you would like to fly.  You may like to try a macro lens or 50mm nifty fifty.  I will also have some DSLR cameras for your use if needed.  Tripods are a must for slow speed shots and evening stars – again, I will have stock for you to utilise if needed.  

 

A firm itinerary will be released closer to the time, based around the islands activities schedule.  Additionally to our “photo meets” of a morning and afternoon, I will be available for 2hrs down-time after lunch each day (changeable by tide), for critiquing and to answer any niggles or hiccups you are encountering.  If you would like to bring a laptop (with basic Lightroom or Photoshop installed – you can download a free 30 day trial before you come if you don’t have these), you may like to use this time to learn some basic editing skills to enhance your favourite images – or by now, you may be hooked on scratching turtles backs and be nowhere to be seen – it’s entirely up to you! 

 

Non-photography travel partners are extremely welcome (but beware, we may convert you).     

 

Please visit the Lady Elliot website www.ladyelliot.com.au  for a detailed description of your accommodation choices.  Lady Elliot prides itself on its ecotourism landscape and beliefs – it is not a 5 star resort, and nor does it want to be.  The owner of the island, Peter Gash, is entirely passionate about making a difference, and has never wanted to change the basic living accommodation, but wants rather for you to come to be at one with your environment and the marine life within.  It’s simple, but for some - life changing.  Note that birds will also be squawking throughout the night – this is a rookery, there are eggs, babies and bird pooh (that at some times of year may give off an odour) all over - bliss for photographers, but just make sure your other halves are ok with this if accompanying! J

 

 The nitty gritty – Lady Elliot Photography Tour Dates3-6 November 2018

 

 *Package includes*:

·         3 Nights’ Accommodation

·         Buffet Breakfast and Dinner daily

·         Snorkel Equipment and lesson if required

·         Guided Reef and nature walks  (subject to tide and weather conditions)

·         Combined Glass bottom boat tour/boat snorkel – one per person

·         Environmental Management Charge (Government Fee)

·         Fully tutored photographic coverage during your stay

·         Return airfares from Hervey Bay (prices for flights Ex Brisbane and Gold Coast are an additional $360 to your package price - have a look at the departure times and your schedule and decide whether you would like the road trip to Hervey Bay or whether a flight ex Redcliffe would suit you better)

 

Eco Cabin

The permanent Eco Cabins have four bunk beds, polished timber floor boards, wall fan, and the use of communal bathrooms that are located no more than 30 metres away.

Price:  $1090 per person (inclusions above) based on twin/triple share

          $1320 sole use

 

Garden Units

Arranged in blocks of three, the Garden Units offer a queen bed and bunk-style beds, polished timer floors, en-suite bathroom and a balcony.  Less than 30 metres from Sunrise Beach, the units are fan cooled and have a mini fridge and tea can coffee making facilities.

Price:  $1380 per person (inclusions above) based on twin/triple share

          $1540 sole share

 

Reef Units

Arranged in blocks of three, the Reef Units are ideal for couples or families, offering either a queen bed or a combination of a queen and bunk-style beds.  Units have polished timber floors, en-suite bathrooms and a balcony to make the most of the ocean views.  Reef Units are less than 10 metres from Sunrise Beach and fan cooled with mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. 

Price:  $1480 per person (inclusions above) based on twin/triple share

          $1650 sole share

Two Bedroom Island Suites

Offering absolute beach frontage, the two-bedroom suites accommodate up to four people and feature a separate air-conditioned lounge room and private bathroom.  A balcony has views over Sunrise Beach and suite is equipped with fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and a microwave.

Price:  $1580 per person (inclusions above) based on twin/triple share

 

For non-photography partners, please take off $200 from above package prices. 

 

**  For certified divers, Scuba Diving and equipment hire can be booked on the island.

**  For lunches (which are not included) a cafe menu is provided on the island, or you can choose to pre-book buffet lunch for $20 per person per day (discounted pre-paid rate). 

 

For bookings, please email finchcathy@hotmail.com for Tour Registration Form and Booking Conditions.  A NON-REFUNDABLE $300 deposit to hold your room is required upon booking.  Full balance of tour is to be paid by 18 August 2018.  Please see Book Conditions for cancellation information.  Cathy Finch Photography reserves the right to cancel the tour in event that minimum number of participants aren't reached (minimum 8 maximum 16). 

    **Please note, Lady Elliot Island is a hot spot for locals and Europeans alike to experience our reef.  Rooms do book out quickly during turtle nesting season.  Prompt registration will ensure your room type is available.  Prompt registration will also ensure your required flight departure time is available.        

**You may choose to drive to Hervey Bay the day before our tour departure.  There are many accommodation options to choose from in Hervey Bay such as waterfront properties Peppers by the Pier, or Mantra at the harbour. We return on 6th November, MELBOURNE CUP DAY.  Feel free to stay another night in Hervey Bay and join us for Melbourne Cup drinks at the Beach House Hotel on the Esplanade.