Outback Photography Retreat
Immerse yourself in the spectacular nature of the outback and get inspired with us in 2021!
Improve your photography skills while enjoying the Outback serenity
iButton Events has created a unique outback photography retreat. The three day retreat will run from Friday 7th May to Sunday 9th May 2021. Prices include flights (if required), luxury glamping accommodation, all meals, all transfers, and photography sessions that will immerse you in the rugged beauty of outback Western Queensland.
The main events are the structured and unstructured photography workshop sessions. Louise Gronold is a photographer with many years experience shooting nature and landscapes. Her workshops are designed to help you achieve your development goals. Louise is expert at helping photographers get the most out of their equipment and themselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re a budding beginner or a thriving professional, you’ll learn and develop your camera knowledge and photographic skills.
At the same time, you will get a taste of the wonder of the incredible outback and take a moment to connect with this amazing country. There’s sunset drinks and dinners under the stars, a working property tour, free time to explore Longreach township and time to see some of Australia's leading museums. This is the trip where you can tick off some must-sees, learn how to use your camera, be inspired by the beauty of Longreach, and take time for yourself to relax, breathe fresh outback air into your lungs and fuel your creative side.
All you need to do is book your ticket and get to the airport on time. iButton knows the outback and will take the reins from here!
Friday 7th May
to Sunday 9th May
Multiple opportunities to experience and photograph the unparalleled beauty of the outback. Take in the natural landscapes, wildlife and world class attractions on offer and then get those shots!
Book your ticket with ourselves and all the hard work is done for you.
$1,595 twin share (land only)
$1,995 twin share ex Brisbane
$400 single person supplement
Structured and unstructured photography workshop sessions facilitated by an experienced landscape/nature photographer who can tailor material for all abilities. It doesn’t matter if you’re a budding beginner or a thriving professional, you’ll learn and develop your camera knowledge and photographic skills
Your personal host for the weekend will be Outback Dan
2 nights luxury glamping at the 4.5 star Mitchell Grass Retreats
An evening at Camden Park Station including a tour of the property, sunset drinks at 2 Tree Hill (return transfer, nibbles and drinks – beer, wine and champagne). Use the perfect Central Queensland light during “golden hour” to capture spectacular panoramas!
Enjoy an exclusive Under the Stars sit down dinner (2 courses and drinks – beer, wine and champagne). Maybe try your hand at astro-photography under the sparkling sky between mains and dessert
Sunrise on the banks of the picturesque Thompson River with more nature photography opportunities
Entry to 2 iconic museums – The Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame & Qantas Founders Outback Museum. These attractions provide further inspiration for feeding your creativity.
Entry to the world class Luminescent Longreach light show.
All private coach transfers across the 3 days.
Meals including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.
Friday 7th May 2021
Your Qantas Flight from Brisbane to Longreach arrives mid-morning. We will be there to pick you up and we hit the ground running with a visit to the iconic Qantas Founders Outback Museum. We’ll get to know each other over a delicious lunch before Louise shares the first lesson on your camera’s features and functions. Then, take the opportunity to practice your photography on some of Australia’s most historic aircraft - these incredible machines make great subjects.
By mid afternoon you’ll be checking in to your luxury accommodation at Mitchell Grass Retreats. These newly established glamping tents will impress you with the attention to detail and the tranquil setting will inspire you and relax you.
The sunset and evening will be spent at Camden Park Station where you will be given a property tour with Station owner and host Outback Dan. With Louise as your own personal photography tutor you will be guided on the best tips for capturing nature at its best. Set a long exposure so you can grab a moment for a sunset drink and a deep breath of fresh outback air! You will then be served a heavenly 2 course dinner.
For those who wish, the day concludes with Luminescent Longreach. The light and sound show is world class and a recent addition to the Qantas Founders Museum to celebrate the national airline’s birth in outback Queensland and its 100 years of success.
Saturday 8th May 2021
Rise early for the golden hour light at sunrise at the Mitchell Grass Retreat. Dan will be there to give you coffee and Louise will teach you all the tricks to capitalise on sunrise. Learn about how exposure, light and moments contribute to your images. Enjoy a gourmet continental breakfast before freely exploring the beautiful surroundings, and paying attention to the little things.
Enjoy a few free hours, explore the main street of Longreach and keep practicing your photography, stop in at the local cafe for, ‘buy from the bush’ at one of many local retailers or get even more relaxed back at Mitchell Grass Retreats.
We will then depart and visit various local locations searching for those inspiring images and creating memories. Lily Lagoon, historic Starlights Lookout with 360 degree views of the area, Longreach township and the Saleyards all provide unique opportunities to capture something different; livestock, landscape and more! Louise will continue to expand your photography knowledge discussing subject matter and technique. Even our picnic lunch could become your subject matter!
Later, we will arrive at Weewondialla which provides vast landscape vistas, wildlife, birdlife and domesticated animals in droves and sensational sunsets. Mt Mitchell will be our final destination with spectacular views and a twilight photography session. Enjoy cool drinks and a 3 course sit down gourmet dinner under a blanket of stars. This night will be one to be remembered!
Sunday 9th May 2021
Arising in the dark will be worth it! We will transfer you to the Thomson River. The reflections on the still water are incredible to see and you will be able to show off your improved camera skills. A truly magnificent location and another moment to breathe, enjoy and click!
Breakfast will be back at the Mitchell Grass Retreats and is followed by a visit to the Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame. Take in stories about the Stockman of Australia and make the most of the time with Louise as the Hall of a Fame presents an amazing opportunity to capture incredible architecture and interiors, unexpected artwork and historical artefacts.
The Outback Click Workshop finishes with final reflections over lunch at the Hall of Fame before departing Longreach for Brisbane.