Photo by Nathan Dobbie

Karijini Photography Adventure

18th - 24th April 2021

  • 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

  • Post Photo Processing Session back in Perth after Trip

  • Return Transport: Paraburdoo 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 Dobbie

https://www.naturebynathan.com/

 

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 McKenzie

https://www.tristanmckenzie.com/

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.

Tristan's Photography 

Nathan's Photography

TOUR ITINERARY

This itinerary may vary slightly depending on environmental circumstances, client needs, park closures and/or road conditions.  

Training Day: March 6th, Mountain Quarry Boya

As part of this tour and to prepare each participant, a full training in Perth prior to the tour departure is included. During this session, we will learn to abseil, climb and via ferrata, as well as learn proper gear prep for all your photography equipment. This day will be fully catered.

DAY 1: April 18th  

Travel and arrive at Karijini Eco Retreat, settle in over dinner & briefing for the next day. 


DAY 2: April 19th, 0530 start - finish varies

Photography begins! We will meet at the beginning of the Joffre Gorge trail to begin a sunrise shoot from the top of the gorge. Following the sunrise shoot, we will make the short but steep descent into the gorge, making the most of that early morning light.

Following the first early start of our trip,  we'll make the short walk back to the Eco Retreat for breakfast, and take some time to freshen up and relax or go for a swim before we meet up again to learn some post processing.
 

Astrophotography shoot from the top of Joffre Gorge (weather dependant) after dinner.

 

DAY 3: April 20th, 1000 start - finish varies

Depart Eco Retreat for Weano Gorge. Here we will descend into the Class 6 area of the gorge! We'll spend the majority of our day here photographing this magnificent, almost otherworldly landscape.

DAY 4: April 21st, 0530 start - finish varies

Depart the Eco Retreat, headed for a sunrise shoot at Knox Gorge. 

Descend into Knox Gorge, ready to photograph the Knox Gorge waterfall in the Class 6 area. From here we will continue our descent into Red Gorge, and then photograph the Regan's Pool waterfall of Hancock Gorge.

DAY 5: April 22nd, 0800 start - finish varies
Depart Karijini Eco Retreat for Hancock Gorge. On this day we will photograph the gorge leading up to the stunning Kermit's Pool.

Post Processing session at Karijini Eco Retreat prior to dinner.

DAY 6: April 23rd, 0800 start - finish varies
Depart Eco Retreat to photograph the depths of Hancock class 6, followed by Joffre Gorge class 6.

DAY 7: April 24th, 0330 - 0900 approx.

Depart for Mount Bruce - Sunrise shoot.


Nature By Nathan will be offering a Complimentary Post Processing Session at Midland Camera House upon completion of the tour. All  tour attendees will be welcome free of charge - Dates will be discussed and organised upon return to Perth.

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

 

Inclusions

  • 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 Photographers to guide you through your Karijini photography experience

  • Highly qualified and experienced Karijini canyon guide/s

Exclusions

  • 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)

Accomodation

 

Deluxe Eco Tents with Ensuites, either twin share or king bed for couples

Eco-tent features:
• 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)

Eco-friendly features/Design:
• 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.
 

 

PRICING

 

Super Early Bird: $7,200 per person (must be paid in full before the 1/1/2021) HAS NOW ENDED

Early Bird: $7,450 per person (must be paid in full before the 15/2/2021) HAS NOW ENDED

Regular Price: $7,750 per person (a 50% deposit is required with full payment before the 1/3/2021)

THE OTHER STUFF

*Clients need to organise and pay for flights to and from Paraburdoo 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 - Paraburdoo: 18/4/2021, departing 1550

Paraburdoo - Perth: 24/4/2021, departing 0955

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.


 

PAYMENT

 

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 info@spacechameleon.com.au

We look forward to hearing from you.

SEE YOU OUT THERE!!​

 

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Ngaala Kaaditj, Whadjuk Nyoongar Moort, keyen kaadak nidja boodja.
We acknowledge the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the original custodians of this land. And we pay our respects to their elders past, present and future.
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