Cradle mountain photography tour

A week in Cradle Mountain as the Fagus turns and drops. The Deciduous Arctic Beach (Fagus) is one of Australia's few deciduous trees that turns a magnificent orange. This tour is timed to catch this stunning visual event.

Cradle mountain is the home of Australia's first dedicated wilderness photography gallery for a good reason. The location is just visually stunning. The area is full of board walks, each taking us through a diverse ecological landscape. Ultimately we as photographers can only benefit from this stunning visual feast. We can shoot from the true alpine, through glacial lakes, and follow the tumbling creeks over numerous picturesque waterfalls that eventually lead us into lush green rain forests. 

This tour is based from Cradle Mountain Lodge with its typical Australian gums complete with wallabies at your door step. Five minutes' walk and we're deep in a lush green rainforest. Twenty minutes' drive sees us in the alpine area on the shores of Dove Lake.


Unique boutique small group photography tour with Len Metcalf

4th May - 11th MAY 2016


Mount Kate Hut, Cradle Mountain, © Leonard Metcalf 2015


Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

Shooting days

8 days & 6 full days shooting (includes 7 nights accommodation)

Start / finish location

Hobart & Launceston pick up and drop off (airport or city) 

Two days scheduled in for travel to and from Cradle Mountain with shoots along the way

Preferred travel arrangements 

Book to arrive at Hobart airport in the morning (10 am) or Launceston pick up for early afternoon (12 pm)

Depart airport morning for Cradle Mountain (8.00 am)

Book return flights from Launceston from (1 pm onwards) or from Hobart in afternoon (4 pm)

Other pick up locations by direct negotiation with Len


4th - 11th May 2016 (Autumn tour)


Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge


various high quality - hotel, restaurant, coffee shops, and picnic lunches (includes 1 dinner at the Highlands Restaurant at the Cradle Mountain Lodge)


$6200 - private room

$1000 deposit

Remainder due 2 months prior to departure


4WD / 8 seater mini van / 12 seater mini bus

Group size

2 minimum / 6 maximum


gentle = easy

Weather conditions expected

  1. rain
  2. mist
  3. cold
  4. frosts
  5. snow (hopefully)
  6. mean average temperature 0˚ - 10˚ degrees Celsius (min - max)

Landscape genres expected

  • Rainforest
  • Tumbling creeks
  • Small and large waterfalls
  • Green moss covered scenes
  • Alpine heath
  • Palms
  • Board walks
  • Old rustic buildings
  • Glacial Lakes
  • Wallabies
  • Gum trees
  • Mosses and lichens


  1. Transport ex Hobart or Launceston
  2. Accommodation - private room at Cradle Mountain Hotel
  3. All meals
  4. All personal photographic tuition - in the field and on your computer
  5. Critique of images
  6. Clothing and equipment advice & tuition
  7. Wilderness Gallery entry


  1. Travel and medical insurance 
  2. Wet weather clothing 
  3. Warm clothing for cold temperatures
  4. Medical forms & waiver or liability documentation


  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Extra barista coffees
  3. Travel to and from Tasmania 

TESTIMONIALS Cradle Mountain Photography Tour

I wanted to write and thank you so very much for a truly wonderful week. We saw Cradle Mountain in all its weather systems and you made sure we were all able to capture its uniqueness. It is certainly a stunning part of the country and the world and I was so thrilled to finally make it there after years of wishing! You were such a fabulous tour leader and looked after us so so so well!!! I never saw you show any sign of anything other than care and concern. Thank you! It was a wonderful tour and a great group. We certainly experienced some fantastic wildlife and some stunning scenery. The weather was fabulous and to have had the chance to experience the frost and that special fog / mist rising was amazing! I just hope I have a few photos to do it justice. It was lovely to get to know you better and to have the opportunity to have so many great chats. Thank you for being so attentive and supportive and for your guidance and advice both when taking photos and when processing them. I learnt so much. I just need to write a lot of it down so that I don’t forget it! I have been able to upload all of my photos which is wonderful. I loved seeing you fly your way around Lightroom and absolutely adored your processed images! WOW!!!!! Just stunning! You must have been thrilled! Looking forward to seeing you next week. Again, thank you for such a brilliant experience! Kind regards,
— Fiona Huddleston