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Outback Desert Photographic Odyssey

January 16, 2012

13th-20th April 2013

Join Bluedog Photography into the Outback: an ancient land filled with nostalgia, fantastic characters and never ending skies.Danielle Lancaster will take you on a journey to places and faces in her beloved Outback Queensland. Outback Desert Photographic Odyssey is a tour designed specifically for photographers and partners.
Please see below for tour highlights, price, planned itinerary and more details.

Thank you Danielle.I had a memorable holiday and a wonderful experience, both in practice and theory. I not only learnt so much about my camera, but more so, about the world around me. I certainly do see things in a different light  when I look through that lens now.
The trip Outback was a changing point in my life. It was just a taste of the adventures I can look forward to in the future. Not only the photo opportunities, but the wonderful characters we met, like Jimmy and Dusty and Don and Wolfie and Neale and John & Judy and Tarpot and Lester, were all made possible because of you and I think that’s  what enriched the tour for me. Once again, thank you.’from Sue T.

All you need to pack is your camera gear for this tour is a fully catered tour: each night our beds made and all our meals prepared! We travel in our own Aussie Outback Tours 4WD vehicle with Alan Smith, a born and bred outback character with a wealth of knowledge at the helm.

Highlights include:
Staying at the iconic Birdsville Hotel
Exploring the outback desert landscapes of the Channel Country
Real Outback hospitality in Windorah, Boulia, Winton and Longreach
Unforgettable characters at the Birdsville Hotel and other watering holes
Awe inspiring sunsets across the Simpson Desert from dunes such as Big Red (Australia’s largest sand dune)
A chance to unlock the mystery of the famous Min Min Lights
A sunset cruise on the Thomson River followed by a Drovers 3 Course dinner and show

All meals, entries and motel accommodation – just bring your camera gear and clothes;
Presentations and tutorials during the tour on numerous aspects of photography;
Photography tuition and for those who wish photography assignments and exercises to push your creativity and photographic prowess;
The opportunity to travel and photograph with Danielle through a unique outback landscape that won her photographic heart.
Non-photography partners are welcome.

For more information call us on 07 5545 4777 or email info@blue-dog.com.au

Price: All prices are based from Longreach, Queensland and are dependent on numbers of min 10 to travel and max 12 for the tour with 2 tutors.
Prices will include: tours and entry to attractions as planned, transfers for those travelling by rail or air to and from accommodation in Longreach,Meals as indicated: B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner
Photographers will receive photography pack with notes and information, 4GBUSB, one-on-one tuition; constructive feedback, task sheets, presentations and an opportunity to capture images that will have that shutter finger working overtime in a typical Bluedog small group!

2013Tour Prices
Sole Share: $5,186.50
Twin Share: $4,790.50
Triple Share: $3,666.20
We require everyone to travel with personal travel insurance.
Non photography partners are welcome and included in all.

Bookings Payment Plan:
A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is required on booking if Bluedog has to cancel the tour for any reason this will be refunded. Remainder to be paid by 45 days in advance of tour date start. Australian tax invoices will be issued.

Please see below the image gallery for a planned day to day itinerary, information on how to get to Longreach.

Outback Desert Photographic Odyssey Example Itinerary
Day 1: Sunday 21st October (D)
Arrive Longreach via Qantas Link or the Spirit of the Outback rail journey.
Enjoy a welcome dinner and tour briefing at your motel.
Overnight Longreach

Day 2: Monday 22nd October (B, L, D)
This morning depart for Boulia, the vast timeless landscape of the majestic mesas set amongst the open pebbly plains at the Cawnpore Lookout, a landscape only found in 2 places on earth. Moving onto the Middleton Hotel, we catch up with the locals for morning tea. Enjoy a yarn about life amongst the famous Min Min country. In the afternoon we explore Boulia’s historic stone house, with reminders of our early pioneers and much more. Discover the Min Min Encounter, learning the story surrounding the myth of the mysterious Min Min Light.

Overnight Boulia 

Day 3: Tuesday 23rd October (B, L, D)
Depart Boulia for Birdsville amongst some of the toughest country in the heart of the Lake Eyre Basin, an area that covers one fifth of Australia’s land mass. Travel across the vast Cuttaburra flood plain and onto Bedourie for lunch. Arrive Birdsville by mid afternoon. Overnight Birdsville – yes at the iconic Birdsville Pub!!

Day 4: Wednesday 24th October (B, L, D)
Enjoy an easy day discovering the icons of Birdsville. Check out the Burke and Wills Tree on the Diamantina River and visit the famous Birdsville Race Track prior to lunch. After lunch enjoy some leisure time to focus on tracking down that iconic Birdsville image or take a break. Mid afternoon we head out for happy hour on the amazing red dunes at Big Red – the Edge of the Simpson Desert National Park. Be a part of the experience and feel the very soul of Australia as the sun goes down over the heart of the Outback.  Poeppel’s Corner, where the three states meet, sits quietly protected beyond the horizon by these vast and timeless sand dunes of the Simpson Desert. Back to Birdsville’s Hotel for dinner.

Overnight Birdsville 

Day 5: Thursday 25th October (B, L, D)
This morning view sunrise with a range of subjects from the classic Birdsville Hotel to the Race Track, Burke and Wills Tree, Birdsville Billabong on the Diamantina. Through the morning visit the Waddi Trees found in only 3 places on the planet. The species is so old it has survived since the ice age.  Explore the Wirrari Centre, Wolfgang’s Art House, Birdsville Billabong and the Inland Hospital ruins. After lunch enjoy some leisure time to focus on tracking down that iconic Birdsville image or take a break. Enjoy happy hour at the Birdsville Hotel where the locals come together with a chance to meet a whole lot of characters. After dinner we wrap up the essence of Birdsville with a Flying Doctor Auction at the Birdsville Hotel.

Overnight Birdsville 

Day 6: Friday 26th October (B, L, D)
This morning depart for Windorah. Follow the incredible sand dunes and gibber country to the old 1880’s abandoned Betoota Hotel and its landscape littered with memorabilia. 
Overnight Windorah

Day 7: Saturday 27th October (B, L, D)
This morning we travel northeast up the mighty Thomson River towards Longreach via Stonehenge and Jundah. This evening soak up a spectacular outback sunset while on a river cruise of the Thomson followed by a Drover’s Extravaganza Dinner and show. Sit back and be charmed by our outback entertainers and savour the traditional flavours of outback themed cuisine with our fun farewell awards.

Overnight Longreach. 

Day 8: Sunday 28th October (B, L, D)
Depart Longreach for your transfer home after a journey of a lifetime in Outback Queensland. 

Bluedog reserves the right to change the proposed itinerary if necessary.

Getting to Longreach

Qantas Link fly direct from Brisbane to Longreach.Most other domestic and international carriers fly into Brisbane.
For more visit: www.qantas.com.au

“The Spirit of the Outback”
An overnight (24 hour) journey over 1325 kilometers, runs twice weekly. Vehicles can also be transported for an extended stay.
For more visit

Longreach is on the junction of the Capricorn and Matilda Highways approximately a 13 hour drive from Brisbane, Queensland.
For more visit: Queensland Tourism

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