Magical Mountains Photography Tour


Book your place now on this immersive Photography tour and experience introducing you to the captivating beauty of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area

  • Price: $399 per person
  • Next Tour: Mon 29th – Tues 30th May 2023
  • Group size: 5 Persons maximum
  • Timing: 2 Day Tour.  Arrive the previous night ready to commence at sunrise the next day. Tour concludes after sunset on your last day.

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Join me over two days as I guide you on this immersive photography tour around the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area helping you develop your Landscape Photography Skills while capturing the captivating beauty of this superlative natural landscape.

Ideal for all experience levels. This tour takes you to majestic lookouts with sublime sunrise and sunset views. You’ll descend deep into fern and moss lined gullies to get up close and personal to some of the most stunning waterfalls and visit deep water filled canyons to capture blazing sunbeams. Learn about the forgotten industrial heritage of the Blue Mountains, and focus up close to the diverse array of flora and fauna we may encounter as we travel.

Our small group of 5 partcipants will ensure you get plenty of space to explore your compositions and plenty of help and assistance from me.

Meeting at Katoomba Railway Station each day, you will be driven to each location in our tour vehicle, and safely guided on adventurous bush tracks to access lookouts, waterfalls and some of the hidden places only the locals know about. I’ll provide expert tuition on location to help you get the best out of your camera and gear. We will cover important safety considerations of outdoor and wilderness photography, discuss the best equipment and which settings to choose for various times of day, tutor you on filters and long exposure techniques, and guide you through how composition can dramatically improve your images.

Depending on conditions, we will also make some time to go through my Post Processing workflows for Blue Mountains imagery & Waterfalls and spend time critiquing your images guiding you further on editing and capture techniques.

There is no better way to experience the splendour of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, and this tour has something for everyone. Even non-photographers will see parts of this magical area in a different light, with your tour guide (me) providing plenty of interpretive talk of the mountains natural values.

I personally guarantee you will all leave with epic and memorable images and a deep appreciation for the diverse natural environment of this World Heritage listed area.

What we will do

  • Photograph the renonwned Blue Mountains Valleys from any number of accessible lookouts
  • Get up close and personal to some of the Blue Mountains best known waterfalls
  • Drop into an accessible canyon to capture some remarkable sunbeams
  • Explore the galaxy and stars with some spellbinding clear night skies

What's included

  • All Transport in our Air conditioned tour vehicle
  • Small group of 5 people maximum
  • On location photography coaching & tuition
  • Image critique and post processing tuition
Photographing The Blue Mountains

If you’re coming to The Blue Mountains with a camera, this is the tour for you. We focus our time photographing the magic of this exceptional natural environment. Offering photographers the opportunity to capture the broad vistas across the Jamison and Grose valleys at sunrise and sunset and explore the moss and fern lined gullies containing hidden waterfalls. We will look out for native wildlife such as the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Mountain Wallaby or Superb Lyrebird, and discover the industrial heritage of the Blue Mountains spanning back to the 19th century.

On location photography coaching & tuition

While on location, you will be tutored on the techniques and compositions to help you capture the superlative landmarks, natural landscape, flora and sometimes fauna. And there will be plenty of time to critique some of your images and get some guidance or tutoring on your post processing. We will tutor you on all aspects of outdoor and landscape photography including sunrise/sunset, long exposure, macro and wildlife, and you will learn how to capture the incredible trees and ferns even in low light found under the canopy of the eucalypt forests.

Recommended Camera Equipment

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses and manual controls
  • Wide angle lenses (anything from 10mm-105mm on a Full Frame)
  • Telephoto and Zoom lenses for Wildlife and different compositions
  • Sturdy Tripod, Head & appropriate plates/mountings for your camera
  • Shutter remote (cable or wireless)
  • Spare batteries and a charger
  • Empty memory cards
  • Laptop pre-loaded with post processing software (we recommend Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop)
  • Filters appropriate for landscape photography (we recommend NiSi filters)
  • Macro lenses for flora and fauna
  • Telephoto and Zoom lenses for Wildlife and different compositions

Clothing and Accessories

  • ESSENTIAL – A working Headlamp with spare batteries or charger
  • Warm layered clothing suitable for bushwalking in the current season (we will send you more details on appropriate clothing in our welcome pack)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Sturdy Waterproof Hiking Boots
  • Sunglasses
  • 1L Water Bottle


  • Meals & Snacks
  • Accommodation* – See below for more details.
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages

Tour Details

  • Group Size: 5 persons maximum
  • Fitness Requirements – Some bushwalks on this tour are considered Grade 4 – Hard – Steep Stairs Down and Up – Muddy, slippery bush tracks. You should be of good fitness and mobility to attend this tour. We will be traversing a number of Blue Mountains National Park bushwalks involving clambering up and down steep staircases and over varied rocky and muddy terrain. Each day will likely exceed 15000 steps on your step counters so be prepared for an adventurous few days of bushwalks 🙂

Example Itinerary

These itineraries are an example only. The final itinerary for your tour will depend on conditions on the day and the season, but will always include a sunrise, sunset and 2 bushwalk/waterfall sessions each day. Where changes are required, these and alternative arrangements will be communicated to you when known.

Day 1

  • 5:30AM – Collect from Accommodation & Depart for Sunrise
  • 6:30AM – Sunrise shoot @ The Three Sisters or Govetts Leap
  • 8AM – Breakfast
  • 9AM – Waterfall shoot (Hazelbrook)
  • 12PM – Lunch & Break time
  • 2PM – Waterfall Shoot (Lawson or Linden)
  • 4PM – Sunset shoot @ Boars Head
  • 6PM – Close Day 1

Day 2

  • 5:30AM – Depart for Sunrise
  • 6AM – Sunrise shoot @ Pulpit Rock or Narrow Neck Plateau
  • 8AM – Breakfast
  • 9AM – Waterfall shoot w optional Cliff top or valley Bushwalk (Wentworth Falls)
  • 12PM – Lunch & Break time
  • 2PM – Waterfall Shoot (Katoomba)
  • 4PM – Sunset Shoot @ Princes Rock
  • 6PM – Close Day 2

Day 1

  • 5AM – Collect from Accommodation & Depart for Sunrise
  • 5:30AM – Sunrise shoot @ The Three Sisters or Govetts Leap
  • 7AM – Breakfast
  • 8AM – Waterfall shoot (Hazelbrook)
  • 11AM – Waterfall Shoot (Lawson)
  • 1:30PM – Lunch & Break time
  • 3:30PM – Waterfall Shoot (Katoomba)
  • 6PM – Sunset shoot @ Boars Head
  • 7:30PM – Close Day 1

Day 2

  • 5AM – Depart for Sunrise
  • 5:30AM – Sunrise shoot @ Pulpit Rock or Narrow Neck Plateau
  • 7AM – Breakfast
  • 8AM – Waterfall shoot w optional Cliff top or valley Bushwalk (Wentworth Falls)
  • 1:30PM – Lunch & Break time
  • 3:30PM – Waterfall Shoot (Katoomba)
  • 6PM – Sunset Shoot @ Therabault Lookout
  • 7:30PM – Close Day 2
*Accommodation in The Blue Mountains

Accommodation is not included in your tour cost. Why not #goblue #stayanightortwo Due to the early start each day, we recommend you arrive the night before the tour commences and book into one of Katoomba or Leura’s many guest houses or hotels for the duration. If you are looking for any recommendations, please contact me and I can discuss the options with you directly.


Meals are not included in your tour cost. Each day we will stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner at a number of outlets, cafes or restaurants around Katoomba, Leura and Blackheath. You are also welcome to bring your own food, or buy locally when you arrive. Katoomba has an array of grocery options including an Organic Co-Op, Woolworths, Coles and Aldi supermarkets. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please be sure to let us know before you arrive so we can ensure café choices will be able to cater for you.


Jay is licensed to operate Photography tours and Bushwalk Activities in NSW National Parks under an Eco Pass License # LIC20/116.

Apart from Landscape photography coaching & tuition from your highly experienced photography guide and tutor, your fee covers my business costs for hosting such tours in NSW National Parks, Council Reserves and Crown Lands which includes:

  • Your National Park Entry Fees ($4.64 per person per day).
  • NSW National Parks EcoPass License Fees
  • Public Liability Insurance to cover Bushwalking and Wilderness Activities (a Requirement of my EcoPass License)
  • An Experienced and Accredited Guide and Photography Educator with Remote Area First Aid Accreditation.
  • Tour Vehicle Expenses, Fuel and Insurance
  • Other Ancillary costs.
Acknowledgment of Country

We wish to acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the country we visit during our tours, the Gundungurra, Dharug, Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and Thawawal people and pay our respects to elders past, future and ongoing.


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