Photo by Nathan Dobbie
Karijini Photography Adventure
26th April - 2nd May 2022
7 days, 6 nights
5 Canyons (4 being in part Class 6 Restricted, & Red Gorge being Class 6 Restricted entirely) + Mt Bruce
Abseiling and Climbing
Paddling and Travelling through the awe inspiring and stunning geology that has been shaped by nature over billions of years
6 Dinners, 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, Morning Tea and Snacks
Complimentary Wine or Beer on the first night
Deluxe Eco Tent with Ensuite (twin share or king bed for couples)
Free Abseil & Climbing Training, and Gear Prep Session in Perth prior to Trip
Return Transport: Newman Airport - Karijini Eco Retreat*
All Transport within Karijini National Park
Flights/Transport to Karijini not included
A land billions of years in the making, captured in 6 days, for you to enjoy for a lifetime. Captured not only as a memory, but also by your camera.
Come with us on a journey of wonder and creativity, deep into the heart of the Pilbara. Delve into the depths of an ancient and majestic landscape of reds, yellows, blues and greens. A landscape of stunning gorges, spring-fed turquoise pools, banded ironstone sculptured by water over time, spinifex, red dust, Melaleuca and Snappy Gums. The contrasts and play of light is a photographer's dream.
To the Banyjima, Kurrama and Ynnawonga people, this landscape was formed during the Dreamtime, when the Warlu meandered his way across the land. Warlu (pronounced Wah-loo) comes from the Aboriginal dreaming of a giant sea serpent – or Warlu – named Barrimirndi, who emerged from the sea at Coral Bay and carved out subterranea, gorges, rivers, streams and waterholes in a journey to exact revenge on two boys who ate a Gurdarnkurdarn (Mulga parrot), finally coming to rest at Jirndawurrunha (Millstream), and discovering the boys at Nhanggangunha (Deep Reach Pool). It did not end well for the boys.
The gorges of Karijini were formed as part of this meandering. Karijini is the name of the Hamersley Range in the Banyjima language.
We will be traveling as deep as you can go into the gorges of Karijini, rock hopping, climbing, abseiling, water sliding, water jumping, swimming and tubing. Touch rocks over 2 billion years old, spend time immersed in the aura of this ancient landscape and be inspired. The deepest parts of Karijini are classed as 'Restricted Class 6', and only accessible with extensive knowledge of the area, and a specific set of roping and canyoning skills. To achieve this, an experienced is guide essential. This not only ensures your safety, but also the safety of your photography equipment. We will take you to the best spots, at the best times of the day and show you the best that Karijini has to offer. Go where not many have ventured, and get shots that not many have taken.
This Adventure would need to meet minimum number requirements to proceed.
We need at least 6 people to make this adventure happen, and can take up to 10 people each trip.
This trip is open to anyone, even if you have not been on an adventure with us, or have no previous abseiling experience, so you can invite your family and/or friends who have as yet not joined us. The minimum age is 14, unless this person can convince me that they are capable of the trip, which can be decided on the training day. There is no maximum age (the oldest person we have taken through Karijini to date is 84). You do need a relatively good level of fitness for this trip. Please contact us if you have any doubts about your level of fitness.
Everyone coming on this trip would need to come out for a full day of abseil & climbing training with us (even if you have done an abseil session with us already). This training day is included in the price.
If on the training day it turns out that either we feel, or you feel, that this is not for you, a full refund will be issued, minus the $250 for the training day.
Meet your Guides
Learn how to use your camera lens to see nature from a unique perspective and capture this amazing landscape. Come on a journey of discovery with us. 1 highly experienced canyon guide + 2 talented photographers, all with a deep love of Nature and Karijini, and a desire to want to share this with you.
Nathan combines his love for Australian landscapes, wildlife, & travel through photography.
He has spent the last quarter of his life completely immersed in photography. "Day in and out I research, and put into action techniques for creating captivating landscape images. I want to share this with you."
As a specialised landscape photographer, Nathan runs regular photography workshops to assist photographers in their own endeavours. "There are no secrets kept in these photography workshops, and that's how I believe it should be."
Nathan will be with you every step of the way throughout this 6 day Karijini Adventure to ensure you are maximising on your photography opportunities, making sure you are able to get the most out of your camera & learn the full process, from start to finish.
Tristan is a lifestyle/travel photographer based in Perth and brings a wealth of knowledge and deep passion for the outdoors to this trip. He specializes in landscape photography and capturing action shots of people ...especially people engaging in adventures! He has travelled extensively throughout the Pilbara and knows the area well.
Tristan has a deep passion for bringing both landscape and the people adventuring through it together. He will challenge you to open your mind to what’s possible with a focus on how to incorporate yourself and your fellow adventurers whilst journeying through some of the finest landscapes you will find. Using his experience on the road he will be there every step of the way to ensure you don't miss that shot that everyone else is dying to get.
Sven Borg (Owner of Spacechameleon Adventure Co)
Sven has spent many years working and playing in the outdoors, in various locations around Australia, including New South Wales (primarily The Blue Mountains), Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland. Sven has led many trips into the heart of Karijini over the years and knows the area well. The lure of Karijini, and an opportunity to lead trips into Class 6 canyons, is what brought him back to Western Australia from the Blue Mountains in NSW where he was guiding canyons.
Sven was initially trained in the Blue Mountains, and has expanded his training over the years.
He is a qualified and highly experienced canyon, abseiling, climbing, canoe and bushwalking guide, and an experienced instructor and facilitator. Sven has a nationally recognised Diploma in Outdoor Recreation, holds a nationally recognised Remote Area First Aid qualification, is a registered NOLRS instructor, as well as a Cert 4 Trainer and Assessor teaching others the skills of working in the Great Outdoors.
In addition to this, he also has his Bronze Medallion with Royal Life Saving Australia and has trained as a Lifeguard with Royal Life Saving Australia.
Sven is also a passionate environmentalist and volunteers his time for a variety of organisations. Sven aims to minimize the company's impact on the environment, treading lightly on the earth with respect; leaving only footprints and taking only memories.
This itinerary may vary slightly depending on environmental circumstances, client needs, park closures and/or road conditions. We will potentially be running 2 groups of maximum 11 pax each, which will cross over. The days below indicate the cross overs.
Training Day: Date yet to be announced
Meet at Mountain Quarry, Boya.
Meet your Adventure Crew.
Learn the ropes during a full day of abseiling, and climbing, including a 60m vertical cliff abseil
Learn all about Via Ferrata
This day is fully catered
DAY 1: April 26th 2022
Travel and settle in
Arrive at Newman Airport by 0945 where you will be picked up and driven to the Karijini Eco Retreat (or otherwise make your own way to the Eco Retreat if preferred).
Lunch and swim
Settle-in to your room
Sunset shoot at Joffre
Astrophotography at Joffre Gorge
DAY 2 or 3
Your first Class 6 Canyon
Early morning to get sunrise at Knox & capture the waterslide in Knox at best light
Travel the entire length of Red Gorge & exit via The Centre of the Earth, The Chute, Regan's Pool and Kermit's, Spiderwalk, walk out of Hancock Gorge.
Features of this incredible canyoning experience include a combination of hiking through this stunning gorge, interspersed with floating & paddling our way through numerous stunning pools and waterways along the way.
DAY 2 or 3
Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Circular Pool
Early morning start for best light at these iconic Karijini locations
Photo Editing session before dinner
DAY 4 or 5
Another day of Class 6 Canyoning Adventures!
Early morning start for best light.
Highlights include the via-ferrata along the rock terraces above the aptly named “Jade Pool” with its gorgeous blue-green waters and abseiling down a 45-metre waterfall.
Exit via The Centre of the Earth, The Chute, Regan's Pool and Kermit's, Spiderwalk, walk out of Hancock Gorge.
DAY 4 or 5
Non Class 6 Hancock Gorge
Revisiting Regan's Pool and Kermit's, Spiderwalk and taking shots back into class 6, capturing these iconic Karijini places from a different angle.
Photo Editing session before dinner
Joffre Gorge and The Chute, The Centre of the Earth, Regan's Pool, backtrack
The last of our Class 6 Canyoning days will leave you with many lasting memories and awesome more awesome photos.
Paddle Olympic Pool to the Island. Shoot a waterfall plunging into the depth of Joffre Gorge
Abseil into Regan's Pool, rope down The Chute into The Centre of the Earth. Revisiting this area will allow for more time to capture this stunning space.
Mt Bruce & Travel Home
Sunrise shoot of Mt Bruce, with hike to the summit and return. Those with drones can get some stunning images from the air!
Lunch and maybe one last swim.
Transport to Newman for flights out.
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
6 nights accommodation at the Karijini Eco Resort in Deluxe Eco Tents, based on twin share singles or king bed for couples
Transport between Paraburdoo Airport and Karijini Eco Retreat at specified times.
All meals and snacks from dinner on 18th April 2021 until breakfast on 24th April 2021. All food will be plant based, as locally sourced and organic as possible, with minimal packaging (any non reusable packaging used will be recycled), in line with our efforts to minimise our environmental footprint, and to align with our ethical principles. All meals will be nourishing and plentiful. We will attempt to cater for dietary requirements.
Use of specialist canyoning and safety equipment including harnesses and floatation tubes and hand paddles.
A full day of adventure and learning, abseiling and climbing at Boya Quarry on the 6th March 2021.
2 Experienced and qualified canyon guides to guide you through your Karijini experience.
2 Experienced Photographers to guide you through your Karijini photography experience.
Highly qualified and experienced Karijini canyon guide/s
Flights to and from Paraburdoo
Transport between Paraburdoo Airport and Karijini Eco Retreat for any guests who choose to travel outside of the specified times*
Alcohol, with the exception of a drink on the first night, is available for purchase at guest's additional cost at the Karijini Eco Retreat. However, guests are encouraged to minimise alcohol intake in order to maximise the benefits of this experience.
Clothing and footwear appropriate for canyoning (a recommended packing list will be provided to all guests after booking)
Camera equipment and protection (recommended equipment and protection will be sent with your booking confirmation)
Deluxe Eco Tents with Ensuites, either twin share or king bed for couples:
• Own private ensuite bathroom
• Front and rear deck
• Spacious stylish interiors
• Two single beds OR king bed
• Quality bedding and linen (100% cotton sheets/brushed cotton blankets)
• Minimal power for low wattage applications (Charging camera battery/iPod)
• Solar power
• Grey water treatment
• Natural ventilation (No air-conditioner)
• Floor made from composite timber
• Flow showerheads & spring loaded taps
• Recycled toilet paper
• Use of natural products only
If you wish to upgrade your accommodation and not share, please contact us and we can arrange this for you at a cheaper price than online. This will be subject to extra charges depending on which option you choose and the availability at the time.
Super Early Bird: $7,200 per person (must be paid in full before the 1/6/2021)
Early Bird: $7,450 per person (must be paid in full before the 1/10/2021)
Regular Price: $7,750 per person (a 50% deposit is required with full payment before the 1/1/2022)
THE OTHER STUFF
*Clients need to organise and pay for flights to and from Newman Airport on the dates that the tours start and end. The times of these flights need to line up with the flight that we put our guide/s onto to take advantage of our shuttle to and from the Karijini Eco Retreat.
Flight times may vary due to uncertainty with COVID19 and Qantas flight schedules.
Current Flight Schedule
Perth - Newman: 26/4/2022, departing 0755
Newman - Perth: 2/5/2022, departing 1855
If you choose to book other flights, you will need to organise your own transport to and from the Karijini Eco Retreat.
If you are booking flights, we strongly advise that you wait to hear from us to ensure that this tour has met minimum numbers and will proceed. We will let you know as soon as possible, and no later than the closing dates for last payments listed above.
If you are driving, this is an AWESOME road trip. We are more than happy to chat to you about fantastic places to visit along the way, and we will see you at the Eco Retreat.
Please note that due to safety concerns surrounding the equipment, time constraints and in consideration for other non smoking guests, there is no smoking within the gorges whilst on our tours.
This tour, as with all our tours, is subject to our Terms and Conditions.
We genuinely feel we have done our best to keep the price as low as possible and in line, if not below, similar products within WA. We understand that flying to some parts of Asia might be cheaper, but things being set up as they are in WA, internal flights and associated costs are higher.
In the event of not meeting minimum numbers, we would issue a full refund.
If you have any questions, and/or to make your payment, please call us on
0423 182 663 or email us at
We look forward to hearing from you.
SEE YOU OUT THERE!!
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