Explore some of the hottest shoot locations, ‘Downunder’ with world class photographers and photo educators Brian Smith and Mark Galer.

If your dream is to photograph and visit a unique place on our planet that offers friendly locals, spectacular landscapes, stunning wildlife, unique creative imagery and icons like the Opera House, kangaroo’s, ancient landscapes – then you will love this special photo holiday to the land ‘Downunder’. Australia has been isolated from all other land masses for millions of years. The worlds largest island continent boasts a very rich and diverse range of habitats. Only a little smaller than mainland USA, it is a big country.

The following locations are world class shoot hot spots, that will offer you unique images and a diverse range of Australian environments.

SYDNEY – has icons like the Opera House, Harbour, Bridge and beautiful Cityscapes. This is the start and finishing point of your Aussie adventures.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK – is a premier rainforest region that offers all three types of rainforest vegetation – temperate, subtropical and tropical. Stunning waterfalls and outstanding birds, frogs, reptiles, mammals and creative imagery will see you shooting unique images each day. Our accommodation will be O’Reilleys Rainforest Retreat that will offer fabulous opportunities for both photography and relaxation.


LADY ELLIOT ISLAND – is one of the Great Barrier Reefs prettiest jewels with thousands of nesting birds, amazing reef and giant nesting sea turtles. We spend quality time shooting these subjects. Some of the birds and turtles will allow you to get so close that you can use a macro lens!

 Lady Elliot Island

Aerial photo of Lady Elliot IslandPhoto courtesy Christophe Bailhache – Underwater Earth

Posted by Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort on Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Tropical Queensland

All locations are different and all will offer unique images.

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Your Mentors



has a commercial background in editorial photography and is a recognised Photoshop expert.

He was Program Director of the BA photography program at RMIT University and has published thirty books for the international publisher Focal Press.

His books have been translated into seven languages including Chinese and Russian and have been adopted widely across Europe and the USA as curriculum texts for aspiring commercial photographers.

Mark is a contributing editor for Australian Photography + Digital Magazine, an Adobe Ambassador and Sony Alpha Ambassador for Australia.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Sony Artisan, Brian Smith is the luckiest guy on the planet.

He’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President, written three Amazon Best Sellers, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, hung out with Richard Branson on Necker Island, gotten drunk with George Clooney and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on…