Twelve Apostles Long Weekend

Luke Tscharke Photography Trip

So many of our guests love photography and for years have been asking for a dedicated photography itinerary that focuses on providing the mentorship of a professional photographer in conjunction with being allowed the time to capture special moments along the Great Ocean Walk.

We're delighted to announce that Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk has partnered with multiple award-winning astro, nature and landscape photographer Luke Tscharke (who's also a very keen bushwalker!) to deliver a small group three-day photography trip departing Saturday 14 September 2019. 

This special itinerary has been designed for both photography enthusiasts and professional with a specific focus on creating the time during walks for photography opportunities.  Luke will be joining each walk, along with a professional walking guide to provide creative and technical photography advice. 

Following each day's walk, our group returns to our private forest eco-lodge to be treated with foot spas, evening canapes and delicious evening meals.  For those with enough energy, Luke will be running evening photography workshops, providing tips and skills and sharing knowledge to enhance each day's photography walk. 

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Introducing Luke Tscharke 

Hello, my name is Luke Tscharke and I’m an Australian landscape and nature photographer. I am passionate about inspiring people to travel and see the beauty in the world around them. I originally trained as a Quality Assurance professional with a Bachelor of Science degree and have worked for some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies to ensure the quality and integrity of their products. I like to think that this same meticulous approach has been instilled in my photography, where I strive to create iconic natural landscape images from locations across Australia and other parts of the world.

The quality of my work has been recognised by awards in many photography competitions, publication in books, calendars, and magazines, and work with corporate clients, tourism organisations, and charities. I am a regular contributor to Australian Geographic Magazine, where I’ve had two magazine covers, and my first feature story in the magazine was published in January 2018 on the remote Western Arthur Range in Tasmania. I also contribute images and articles to the Australian Photography magazine, and I’m an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

I have been fascinated by the natural environment ever since I was a child, and have been able to merge this interest with a love of bushwalking to be able to photograph some of Australia’s most stunning and wild natural environments.  I love helping and teaching others through photography workshops and I am delighted to be partnering with Twelve Apostles Long Weekend in September this year to showcase this incredible walk to photography enthusiasts and professionals. 

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Day 1: Castle Cove to Johanna Beach

Approximately 3 hours walking 

Our Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk shuttle will meet you at the Travelodge, Southbank, Melbourne at 7:45 am and travel by road for two hours to our stunning private lodge (please note we do not travel via the Great Ocean Road).  Here you'll be welcomed to the lodge, by your guides and lodge hosts. Following a walking briefing and morning tea, it's time to lace up and step out onto the trail (after a very short drive) to begin walking, with a tasty hiker lunch tucked in your pack.

Today begins in the tea-trees with a few tantalising vistas out to the Southern Ocean. This will be your constant neighbour for the next four days. Enter a flawlessly-groomed grass tree forest and hear tales dating back 104 million years at Dinosaur Cove. Bring those boots to a halt and consider a time when dinosaurs occupied your very location.

Next, drop down onto Johanna Beach. This is an opportunity to kick off the boots and walk barefoot; wind-swept waves just metres away. This two-kilometre stretch has a knack of clearing busy minds and washing away city stresses. Take your own pace across sands frequented by hooded plovers.

At the end of the beach awaits your cool water and lemonade greeting, a constant across all three days.

Our itinerary provides plenty of time throughout the walk to capture moments; however, we believe the best photography vantage point is at the conclusion of the trail with magnificent views back along the coastline. As such we will remain on Johanna Beach (subject to weather) for a sunset shoot, where we can photograph the coastline at low tide. Your tripods will be transferred to the endpoint of the walk by vehicle (which means you don't have to carry them on the walk!)

The Great Ocean Walk, Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk

Day 3: Moonlight Head to Princetown

Approximately 6.5 hours walking

Today is about shipwrecks, sandy pathways, exposed heathland and maybe even first glimpse of the Apostles. What better place to commence the walk and get your bearings than The Gables Lookout, one of Australia’s highest cliff-top vistas. After the challenging undulations of yesterday, day three is pleasantly less furrowed.

More than 300 ships have come to grief on this stretch of coastline. Your first stop is aptly named Wreck Beach. It’s a suitable reminder of those early days and treacherous ocean voyages. If conditions allow, you’ll drop down to Wreck Beach and hear tales of pillaging and misfortune including a ship which travelled from China whose cargo of tea coloured the ocean. Depending on the tide, an alternate route leads through to Devils Kitchen, home to arguably Australia’s best lavatory vista!

Following lunch, notice how the geology begins to change from sandstone to limestone. Thick Eucalypt forest gives way to sections of moonscape, indicators of what’s in store. Keep an eye out for native rosemary, cushion plants and wildflowers in season.

Your first glimpse of the Gellibrand River marks the entrance to Port Campbell National Park. This freshwater river near the sleepy hamlet of Princetown is an easy downhill stroll. After some 12.5 kilometres, reward yourself with a cooling river dip.

We will then return by vehicle to the stunning photography destination of Wreck Beach, where we will photograph the iconic anchor shot at sunset (with low tide conditions!) We’ll then transfer you back to the lodge for a well-deserved dinner and relaxing final evening.

Helicopter View

Day 3: Princetown to the Twelve Apostles

Several short walks

Today invites new heights. Not only will you conquer the final steps of your Great Ocean Walk but top this with a 15-minute helicopter flight. While on previous days we have been walking up towards the Apostles and they are only seen in the distance, today we are photographing in amongst them.

We begin the day at Gibsons Steps by descending the 80-plus steps to the beach below. This perspective gives a sense of the Apostles brooding heights, one 73-metres tall, nudging the equivalent of a 20-storey building. It's here with sand under your boots, a sense of monumental achievement and wonder sets in. Moving from the beach to the top of the cliffs, we shoot the iconic view from the Twelve Apostles Lookout where seven limestone sea stacks stand stoically amongst the pounding surf.

Following the Twelve Apostles we move a short distance down the road to Loch Ard Gorge. This picturesque gorge opens out into a sweeping bay and affords excellent photographic opportunities, especially for long exposures. After photographing the area on the ground we take to the skies to bid farewell with a 15-minute helicopter flight. Capturing the chiselled coastline from above gives scale not only to the Apostles but the trek you’ve completed.

We’ll then move on to the nearby town of Port Campbell for lunch and an opportunity to change (including an optional shower) before returning to Melbourne. We offer a drop off to the airport and Melbourne CBD after your walk. (5.30/6pm drop off to Travelodge Southbank and to Tullamarine for domestic flights from 6.30pm/international flights after 7:30pm).

Itinerary Details

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk - Luke Tscharke Photography Trip

Saturday 14 September - Monday 16 September 2019

  • 3 Day Guided Walk (Twin Share)
  • Maximum guests - 10 (Twin Share)
Price per person for departures (inc GST) $1,875.00

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All prices are quoted per person in $AUD, including GST

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Inclusions

  • Return transfers between Melbourne and the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk
  • Photography Guide - Luke Tscharke
  • Evening photography workshops
  • Daily guided walks with professional walking guides
  • Lodge Host
  • 2-night lodge stay, all linen and towels
  • 2 breakfast, 3 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Daily morning and afternoon tea
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and a selection of house wines
  • Use of daypack, water proof jacket, poles, ankle gaiters and water bottles
  • Vehicle support daily
  • All entrance & national park fees
  • Twelve Apostles scenic helicopter flight
  • Optional Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) drop off on day three

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