Photography courses, tuition, tours & workshops in North Queensland, Australia

Sunrise Tour

  • Image of mangroves silhouetted at dawn, Port Douglas, North Queensland, Australia
  • Image of sun rising over the Coral Sea, Pebbly Beach, North Queensland, Australia
  • Image of photographer taking a photo on beach, Port Douglas, North Queensland, Australia
  • Image of Yorkeys Knob beach at dawn, Cairns, North Queensland, Australia
  • Image of Palm Cove jetty silhouetted at dawn, Cairns North Queensland, Australia

If you want to capture the day’s first rays over the Coral Sea and be back in time for breakfast, this short 3 hour photography tour is for you. Join us as we head out pre-dawn to locations along the scenic North Queensland coast between Cairns and Port Douglas.

Dawn is the ideal time for shooting along the coast: the winds are low and the sun rises slowly over the sea. This photo tour caters for all levels of photographer, and while those with a Digital SLR will get the most out it, other types of cameras are more than welcome.

Sunrise Tour Pricing

One person                    $175
Two or more people    $125 per person

Note*    Prices are for departure from Cairns and northern beaches
(price for tour departing Port Douglas:  add $50 per tour)

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We pick you up from your accommodation and head to our first scenic location, aiming to arrive half an hour before first light (with the location based on the prevailing weather and tidal conditions). Locations may include the palm-lined beach of Palm Cove or the rocky surrounds of Pebbly Beach. Please have a look at the Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas sections of Locations to get a feel for the areas we may visit. If you have a preference, let us know and we will try to include it in the itinerary.

For those who want to improve their landscape photography skills and knowledge during the tour, we can cover:

      • How to set up your camera and the best settings for landscapes.
      • Shooting in changing light with manual exposure mode.
      • Varying the ISO, shutter speed and aperture for creative effect.
      • Filters and how to use them to balance exposure to add drama to scenes.
      • Compositional techniques and the use of lenses to create images with impact.
      • Tips for better landscape images.

Tour Inclusions:

  – Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation
  – Visit to one or two different locations, depending on weather and tide conditions.
  – Personalised tuition, tips & advice from a professional photographer
  – Tea, coffee & light refreshments

Tour times and what to bring

      • Times for the tour vary throughout the year and we will confirm these at the time of booking. As a guide however:
               Nov – Jan  ~  4.30am – 7.30am
               Feb – Apr  ~  5.00am – 8.00am
               May – Aug  ~  5.15am – 8.15am
               Sep – Oct  ~  5.00am – 8.00am
      • Bring your camera equipment: camera, lenses, filters & sturdy tripod (if you have these) and a backpack or camera bag.
      • Also bring: rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, good walking shoes and a warm jacket/clothing (during winter months).