Day 1 Melbourne Check into your luxury city hotel from 2pm today. Meet your private photography tutor, award winning Ewen Bell and your fellow travellers over dinner before retiring for the epic adventure ahead of you.
Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum MGallery by Sofitel
Days 2 & 3 Flinders Ranges We have a private transfer to Essendon Airport from the hotel for you and then board the Air Adventure Outback Jet bound for the sunshine above the clouds. Our touchdown in the spectacular Flinders Ranges in the mid-morning will allow time for an introductory session on photography before we head out to begin the real photography adventure.
While on the ground in the Flinders Ranges you will be hosted by fourth generation pastoralist Ross Fargher. To say that Ross knows the region 'like the back of his hand' is an understatement. You will photograph a wide range of perspectives on this spectacular rugged landscape, from the colourful high country to the red sands and salt of the desert to the west. We'll even get out to explore Ross' 200,000 acre cattle station.
Expect to see wedge tail eagles and emus, plus we'll visit a colony of elusive and endangered Yellow-Footed Rock Wallaby. Air Adventure has a long standing relationship with Ross and the Prairie Hotel and they really enjoy showing our guests around their region.
Accommodation for the next two nights is at the stylish Prairie Hotel, Australia's best outback hotel (Australian Geographic Magazine) - we would also say it is Australia's most photogenic hotel.
Days 4 & 6 Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park Following your morning photo shoot, rejoin your private aircraft for a flight out across the gibber plains to the tiny outpost of William Creek. Enjoy a refreshment at this quaint outback town with a population of just 6. Continue across the vast desert to Ayers Rock Airport (Yulara). This evening will be your first sunset shoot at the iconic and spiritually colossal monolith.
The natural beauty of this National Park is spectacular from many angles. The flora within the park is also worth a special mention, especially when set against a vivid red, sandy soil. Ewen will have you taking some incredible macro images. Another special opportunity is to venture into the park after hours to photograph the night sky against one of the world's most recognisable silhouettes.
Included in our schedule at Uluru is a "doors off" helicopter flight to ensure you capture the ultimate angle of Uluru. Ewen will advise on techniques in preparation for the flight to help you get the most out of the experience.
We have included ample time and space in the schedule to learn about image processing techniques, with Ewen's help....
Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel. This accommodation is beautifully appointed with everything you need to keep your batteries and brains charged.
Day 7-8 Purnululu National Park Leaving the Rock behind, your flight continues across the Tanami Desert, stopping in at Yuendumu to visit the Warlukurlangu Artists - the famed 'dot paintings' originated from this region. There is a chance to meet the artists and also to purchase direct. Your next flight sector crosses some of the most remote country in Australia. Touch down directly at the Bungle Bungles dirt runway and transfer to your comfortable remote accommodation.
Formerly known as the Bungle Bungles, The Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Listed region. Venture out on some spectacular, gentle walks to Echidna Chasm, Picaninny Gorge and the Limestone Ridge. The striped, bee-hive shaped domes are what makes this region famous but the park is filled with some of the most picturesque flora and small bird life. One of the highlight shots is getting the first light onto the domes.
Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge
Days 9 & 10 Bullo River Station Depart the Bungles after your morning shoot with a fuel stop in Kununurra before landing direct at Bullo River Station, literally 50 metres from the homestead. Bullo River was made famous by the novels of Sara Henderson. Bullo River is an authentic cattle station with all of the trimmings: horses, helicopters, cattle, giant Boab trees, crocodiles, barramundi and prolific bird life.
While here, you virtually have half a million acres to yourselves, so we include a generous amount of helicopter time during this visit to enable you better access to some very special and hard to reach locations.
The night sky at Bullo is famous for being clear and dry in the winter time, so we'll venture out into the darkness to shoot stars and the Milky Way. Ewen will guide you through the finer details of capturing star trails, using majestic Boab trees as inspiration for your compositions.
Accommodation: Bullo River Station Guest House
Days 11-13 Mt Borradaile Fly from Bullo River Station, across Kakadu and into Arnhem Land. Touch down at Mt Borradaile's private airstrip and make your way into camp. Here, you are staying within a Registered Aboriginal Sacred Site of extreme significance. Borradaile is home to the world's richest body of rock art, along with many fascinating artefacts.
Here you will see more Australian wildlife than you ever dreamed was possible (crocodiles and prolific bird life - both large and small). Private cruises around the billabongs planned for sunrise and sunset will allow you to get close and sit and wait for that perfect shot. You will need a good telephoto lens to make the most of this part of the journey and Ewen will be on hand to help you prepare for the wildlife shoots.
Accommodation: Max Davidson's Mt Borradaile Camp
Day 14 Darwin Following a morning visit to 'The Rainbow Serpent' painting, one of the most potent forms of aboriginal spiritualism, it is time to depart back to Darwin. Expect to arrive in Darwin around midday so you can make plans for onward connections, or stay in Darwin for a few days, or plan an extension to visit Broome, the Kimberley Coast or the Tiwi Islands.