Great Ocean Road landscape photography workshop

Port Campbell National Park Victoria
Looking west from Mutton Bird Island. Click the image for a larger view.

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is a rare treat for the landscape photographer. On this workshop, you will experience and photograph some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery, as well as the unique temperate rainforest flora and waterfalls of the Otway hinterland.

Dates and prices for this workshop are at the bottom of this page.

Workshop features
  • three-and-a-half-days of photography and three nights’ accommodation – Friday afternoon and evening, all of Saturday and Sunday, and most of Monday
  • suitable for all photographic skill and experience levels – we establish your learning goals in advance and address them individually or in group sessions
  • this is a Photography First workshop
  • a maximum of six workshop guests; the workshop will go-ahead with a minimum of four guests
  • quality time at locations rather than too much rushing about. We revisit some locations to get the most out of them
  • at least one Image review seminar – constructive critique and peer review of your photographs as well as post processing tips and techniques.
Locations and itinerary

We will be based at Port Campbell. We will choose locations for each workshop depending on conditions – weather, tides, sunset and sunrise times etc – and after taking into account guests’  photography and learning goals. Locations may include:

  • The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and The Grotto
  • Otway waterfalls and bushland
  • Lighthouses
  • Gibsons Beach
  • London Bridge
  • Wreck Beach
  • and some less well-known locations
The anchor of the Marie Gabrielle on Wreck Beach, Great Otway National Park, Victoria
Wreck Beach
Accommodation and meals

We stay in villas or cabins at Port Campbell Holiday Park. In the evenings, we eat as a group at local restaurants when we talk photography or generally socialise – this is optional if you would rather rest ahead of early morning starts. After pre-dawn and sunrise photography sessions, we breakfast at a local cafe. Guests choose and pay for their own meals at cafes and restaurants. On full photography days, because the workshop is so much more about landscape photography rather than cafe culture, we buy or prepare our own packed lunches – see Photography First.

Transport and meeting points
Rainforest life

At the beginning and end of the workshop, you can choose whether you would like to make your own way to and from the accommodation at Port Campbell, or to be picked up and dropped off in Melbourne City centre. This doesn’t affect the price of the workshop. If you travel in the minibus from Melbourne there may be brief “photo stops” on the way. All transport during the workshop is by minibus.

Is the workshop strenuous? How fit do I need to be?

You’ll need to be fully mobile and able to carry your own equipment over uneven ground and up and down occasional steep slopes or steps. The longest walk is no more than two or three kilometres.

What to bring, what to wear, what is and is not included in the price of the workshop?

Please read this page and call or email if you have questions.

Workshop dates and prices

UPDATE: I have recently started a new job so I have suspended my photography workshops for the time being. I hope to add a limited number of  workshops in the coming months. If you would like to register your interest in these, please let me know.

Any variations in the price of the workshops are due to seasonal changes in the cost of accommodation. If you or your group are interested in dates that are not listed, please get in touch because it may be possible to arrange a workshop specifically for your group.

Images, insights and photography workshops by David Barrett