Tarkine Lodge Rainforest and Aerial Photography Workshop

Join Rob Blakers and Loic Le Guilly for four extraordinary days of photography within and above Australia’s biggest rainforest wilderness!

We will combine ground-based rainforest photography at the superbly sited Tarkine Wilderness Lodge with big picture aerial photography over the rainforests, ranges and coastline of the magnificent Tarkine, using chartered helicopters.

There are spaces for just six people at this unprecedented event, which will be closely customized to the interests of participants.

Enjoy luxury accommodation, some of Tasmania’s largest rainforest trees at our doorstep and fantastic sunrise and sunset aerial photography across the Tarkine.

The Tarkine Lodge Rainforest and Aerial Photography Workshop features:

  • Intensive rainforest and autumn fungi photography at the iconic Tarkine Lodge
  • On-site helicopters for tailored flights across the Tarkine wilderness
  • Tasmanian Devil viewing from the on-site ‘Devil Hide’
  • Instruction tutorials on equipment and settings, image-making and processing, focus stacking and stitching, 360 panoramas, medium format digital and more
  • One-on-one instruction and small group discussions
  • The opportunity for images from the workshop to be used in the ongoing campaign for protection of the Tarkine.
  • Night sky and, with luck, aurora photography
  • Discounted rates for couples and non-participating partners

Cost – $3950



Workshop details

With the iconic Tarkine Lodge as our base we will explore Australia’s biggest rainforest wilderness, on the ground and from the air.

Photographic opportunities abound, and will include on-ground rainforest exploration, Tasmanian Devils and other wildlife and extraordinary aerial photography of rainforest, rivers, mountains and wild coast.

What to Bring

Warm clothes for 4 days. Remember, this is autumn in Tasmania and we will be out early and late, at night-time, in mountain rainforest and in an open helicopter! The following list details clothing and other equipment that is required for the workshop.

  • Lightweight lace-up walking boots, walking shoes or robust runners with treaded soles and with ankle support if preferred
  • Goretex or other good quality rain jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers for rainforest photography
  • Down or synthetic ‘duvet’ jacket
  • Thick polar-fleece jacket (preferred) or thick woolen jumper
  • Polar fleece pullover (for wearing under the polar-fleece jacket)
  • Polypropylene thermal underwear – 2 long sleeved tops and 2 pairs of long johns
  • Beanie and/or balaclava
  • Thick thermal gloves/mitts
  • Thin thermal gloves
  • Shorts and/or light cotton trousers for daytime walking in dry weather
  • Warm comfortable clothing for evening lodge wear
  • Shirts / t-shirts – 2 recommended
  • Socks – 4 pairs of warm socks recommended
  • Underwear – 4 sets
  • Lightweight footwear – suitable for lodge and surrounds
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle – at least 1.5 litres
  • Umbrella – essential for rainforest photography!
  • Tripod (essential to bring although not always required)
  • Camera/s, lenses, spare batteries, memory cards, cables, lens tissue, blower brush and other photographic accessories.
  • Camera bag rucsac that is large enough to also fit spare clothes, water bottle and snacks, or camera bag that will fit within a larger rucsac. In this case, the larger rucsac should also be included.
  • Laptop for processing your photographs if desired
  • Walking poles if desired
  • Small but powerful torch and spare batteries
  • Binoculars (for wildlife spotting)
  • Personal items – toothbrush etc
  • Large rucsac and/or duffle bag to contain your clothing and equipment during transport.

What we Provide

  • A desktop computer for processing images
  • A laptop computer for processing images
  • A small selection of camera gear for loan during the workshop
  • Free vehicle transport from Hobart and Launceston to the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge, and to rainforest destinations during the workshop
  • Up to 3 hours helicopter aerial photography
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages. A selection of Tasmanian beer and wines will be available for purchase whilst at the Lodge.
  • Full participation in the workshop, including all tuition


We will collect guests from Hobart then Launceston early in the morning on Thursday 18 May 2016. We will contact each workshop guest in the week prior to the workshop with specific meeting times and places.

We will return to Launceston by 5pm and Hobart by 8pm on Sunday 22 May.

Tarkine Wilderness Lodge

Imagine a superbly appointed Lodge, constructed from beautiful Tasmanian timber, nestled on 200 acres of privately owned land within the majestic Tarkine wilderness. Set on a hilltop that is surrounded by marsupial lawn, and encompassed by the great Tarkine rainforest, the Tarkine Lodge is unique! It is a sustainably designed building constructed of massive timber beams that have been placed at unusual angles, and set with a plethora of windows to catch the views in every direction. Rain water (some of the cleanest in the world!) is collected from the roof and supplies all internal taps and showers. The Lodge utilizes Solar Power as its main source of electricity.

At the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge you’ll enjoy delicious meals prepared with the freshest local produce. Food and wine are sourced from local suppliers and growers wherever possible, and supplements produce from the substantial on-site organic garden.

The Lodge offers luxurious accommodation and complete seclusion from the outside world.

Dietary Requirements

Food will be fresh and local. Please let us know as early as possible if you have dietary requirements or preferences that we can cater to.


Please inform us well ahead of time if you have a medical or health condition that may impact your ability to fully participate in the workshop. Guests over 70 years of age will require a doctor’s certificate.


The workshop price does not include insurance coverage for trip cancellation or interruption, travel accident or delay, baggage delay or baggage theft, medical or hospitalization expenses. We strongly recommend that you obtain travel insurance to cover these unlikely possibilities, as well as coverage for loss or damage to personal items including photographic equipment.

About the Guides

Loic Le Guilly has been a professional photographer for 20 years, focusing on nature, landscape and commercial photography. He is also a specialist in night photography and 360 degree imaging.

Rob Blakers has photographed in Tasmania’s wild places for 35 years. He is an enthusiastic advocate for nature and wilderness and is interested in the evolution of photographic values and techniques in the age of digital photography.

For More Information

Please contact either Rob Blakers (0427 232 539) or Loic Le Guilly (0414 612 716) if you have questions regarding the workshop, or email Wild Island at info@wildislandtas.com.au.