March 18 - 23, 2018

January 13 - 18, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Nightscape and Nature Photography


- 6 Days

  1. -Only 4-8 Guests

  2. -Photographer | Guide

  3. -4 or 5 Star Hotel

  4. -Breakfasts

  5. -2 Dinners

  6. -Local Transportation



Sunshine Coast

Noosa, Caloundra, Buderim, Coolum, Glass House and more

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Pristine beaches, freshwater rivers and lakes, subtropical forests and sunshine.

Australia Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Welcome to the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast, where you will experience a laid-back lifestyle centered around pristine beaches, freshwater rivers and lakes, subtropical forests and warm sunshine. From the naturally stylish Noosa, to the fun of Coolum, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra, to the cool and creative hinterland villages of Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. Any destination you choose along the Sunshine Coast will fill your body, mind and soul with an enduring sense of warmth.

Queensland's Sunshine Coast is a collection of beachside and hinterland towns to the north of Brisbane. Unlike the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast is not just one destination, but a collection of them, and we will visit all that is perfect for amazing photography, especially long exposure photography.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. 

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a more inspiring location to express your creativity than Australia’s breathtaking Sunshine Coast.


Group Size

4-8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)

Photographer | Guides

Crystal Hutchinson  |  March 18-23, 2018

Crystal Hutchinson  |  January 13-18, 2019

Weather | Sun

March/April - Temps 81/65 F  27/18 C  Sunrise 5:56 | Sunset 5:50 (17:50)

November - Temps 84/68 F  28/20 C  Sunrise 4:45 | Sunset 6:27 (18:27)


Landscape, seascape, nightscape travel and nature photography

Professional photographer | guide

Focus on “long exposure” photography

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 or 5 star hotel


2 Dinners

Local transportation


Sunshine Coast - Novotel Twin Waters, Key Largo Apartments, Mantra Mooloolaba Beach or similar

Travel Information

International Arrival & Departure Airport: Brisbane, Australia (BNE) - Transfer time to hotel 2hr

Domestic Arrival & Departure Airport: Sunshine Coast, QL, Australia (MCY) - Transfer time to hotel 30min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.



Photo Adventure Vacation | March 18-23, 2018:  $4,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 13-18, 2019:  $5,395

Single Supplement:  $700

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $250

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $250

Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


Sunday (1)  Buderim Forest - Serenity Falls

We meet our guests at our beautiful beach hotel on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday morning, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. After lunch we set out to photograph the stunning Buderim Forest. Our main focus will be long exposure photography of Serenity Falls as well as several smaller falls. In the evening we will celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite local restaurants. (D)

Monday (2)  Noosa National Park (Noosa Heads Coastal Track)

We set out early Monday morning for Noosa National Park and the stunning bays of Granite Bay, Tea Tree Bay, Devils Kitchen, Lion Rock, Sunshine Beach, Alexandria Bay, and lots of special coves in between. In Noosa will also see coastal rock formations such as the Boiling Pot and Hells Gates. Beaches include Tea Tree Bay, a pandanus-lined sandy beach, the more rocky Granite Bay, historic Winch Cove and the sweeping Alexandria Bay. Koalas frequent the gum trees along this walk and honeyeaters are often seen in the flowering shrubs next to the track. Out to sea, frolicking dolphins and migrating humpback whales are sometimes seen by the keen observer. And to add some civilization to this beautiful mix, the esplanade of Noosa is beautiful and is lined with fairy lights and boutique cafes, restaurants and retail shops. We will spend the entire day in Noosa photographing, dining and finally capturing a breathtaking sunset if we are lucky. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Coolum - Yaroomba Beach - Maroochydore

After breakfast we depart for Coolum where there are lots of coves to explore, and they are so easy to remember - 1st Bay, 2nd Bay and 3rd Bay, as they are known. You will love the fantastic overlooks from Point Arkwright lookout where we’ll be able to see Yaroomba Beach right up to Maroochydore. When we return in the evening we will review some of our favorite photos to date. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Caloundra Coastal Walk - SS Dicky Wreck

Wednesday will be another amazing day on the Sunshine Coast as we explore and photograph many of the beaches in this area. These include Moffat Beach, Golden Beach, Shelly Beach, Dicky Beach, Kings Beach (most popular). Hopefully we will even be able to get some shots of the SS Dicky Wreck. Caloudra has many cafes, restaurants and retail shops which makes it a great place to stop for lunch and dinner. (B)

Thursday (5)  Mount Ngungun - Glass House Mountains

On Thursday morning we do a quick review of your latest photos before we head for Mount Ngungun, the sixth tallest of the Glass House Mountains at 253 meters. It has a well maintained walking trail to the summit that affords good views that overlooks the beautiful Glass House Mountains. The trail from car park is not as steep as the higher mountains and is open to beginners. The Glass House Mountains are rhyolitic volcanic plugs left by volcanic activity millions of years ago. After a great day of photography, we return to our hotel to prepare for our “Farewell Dinner” and to celebrate the end of a wonderful week together. (B) (D)

Friday (6)  Noosa National Park

On our final day we depart early for some final shots of Noosa National Park before returning to our hotel. There we will have our final group discussion, review our past week’s photos, trade contact information and say goodbye. We urge you to extend your stay on the Sunshine Coast or elsewhere in Australia and practice all the photography skills you learned on this Photo Workshop Adventure. (B)

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

  Options and Benefits

Private Guided Tours & Adventures

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.

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Gift Certificates

Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.

Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

Combination Tours

You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Loyalty Club**

All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.

**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  

NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.

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