Wildlife & Wetlands

Photographic Safari

Welcome to our Wildlife &  Wetlands Photographic Safari. Over 2 days you will have the opportunity to capture iconic animals, unique Australian flora and breathtaking scenery as you travel from the outskirts of Adelaide down to the beautiful Coorong.

This all inclusive tour is perfect for capturing the essence of a unique part of Australia and indulging your senses. Our guest professional photographer, Leon Mead, travelling on the tour,  will be teaching all he knows from a life behind the lens to ensure you get the most out of your experience.

A delicious lunch (plus morning & afternoon tea) is served on board as we cruise up the Coorong through storm boy country towards the Murray Mouth. Our private cruise allows us to stop along the beach for an optional wander up into the dunes into rich indigenous cultural sites, where we’ll pop out on the 90-Mile Beach which features the roaring Southern Ocean.

We then make our way through the quaint fishing village of the Coorong shacks before heading past the mouth and towards the Goolwa Barrage. Specky sights of the lifestyle the area presents, such as old wooden boats, abundant bird life and the happy-go-lucky kayakers paddling around. As we go through the Goolwa barrage, built in the late 1930’s, we may be lucky enough to hang out with the lazy New Zealand fur-seals and their feathered friends.

Capture beautiful scenery, bird-life, seals and expert commentary along the way – this 5 hour cruise of Discovery is the perfect way to see an experience the remote and wondrous wetlands of the Coorong.

Your accommodation for the night is spectacular. Two Coorong waterfront houses, only 200m apart! Absolute Coorong & Coorong Waterfront Retreat in the beautiful little town of Noonameena. Comfy living rooms, quiet location and truly peaceful. What better place to relax and unwind.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Focused Expeditions – 144 South Tce Adelaide at 0800
DEPARTURE DETAILS Dates: 11th – 13 October 2024  at 0800

Please arrive at least 30 mins before to load equipment

Accomodation Meals
Transportation Pro Photographer (Yes! we can supply gear)
Personal snacks

Suitable outdoor clothing & bushwalking shoes


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DAY 1:

7:45am  Pickup from Adelaide City
8:00am Meet your group!
9:15am  Arrive at Monarto Safari Park
9:30am Trip intro (with a coffee of course)
9:45am Nature walk featuring wallabies, chimps & giraffes (2km)
12:15pm Feeding time for the group in a quality cafe
1:00pm  Snapping the ones that will snap you – lions and wild dogs
2:00pm Nature walk via the limestone Bretag Ruins
2:30pm White rhinos & cheetahs
4:00pm Relax on the drive to your accommodation
5:30pm Settle into your Coorong retreats
7:00pm Entree: Leon’s Pelican Sunset shoot, served with a well-deserved frothy or wine
7:45am  Main: Chrriso and Donzy’s daily catch
8:30pm Dessert: Served with a touch of editing tips

DAY 2:

8:00am Breakie with the gang and pack up your rooms
10:00am Spirit of the Coorong Cruise begins
12:30pm Spirit of the sandwiches on the boat
3:30pm  Leave the boat and meet your bus to check out a couple of (local only) spots with Leon
5:00pm  Head back to the city
6:00pm Arrive back in the city

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Equipment Required

Participants must bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Casual clothes suitable for bush, outings and events.
  • Warm jacket and gloves.
  • Hat and sunglasses.
  • Bathers (weather dependant).
  • Camera Equipment including Tripod.
  • Full gear including camera body, lenses and filters.
  • Spare Batteries.
  • Plenty of storage cards.
  • Laptop loaded with Photoshop or Lightroom.
  • Card Reader.
  • Any medications.
  • Personal Snacks.
  • Journal for recording your adventure.
  • Towel.
  • Toiletries.

Customers should note due to weather and access conditions substitutions may occur to any location or activity.

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5.00 based on 1 review
November 7, 2023

You spend time with like-minded people, have a great weekend away and, as a photographer, you learn a thing or twenty.

And you get to experience it in a wild, timeless place that few will ever see.

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