Cradle Mountain Photography Workshop


Cradle Mountain Photography Workshop


Five magnificent days in Cradle Mountain with Len Metcalf will have you producing stunning photographs of this amazing location.  With a wide variety of locations from alpine glacial lakes, alpine heath, tumbling creeks, and the most magical luscious green rainforest all at our doorstep, this workshop will bring home fantastic photographs.  Shoots are intermingled with classroom training sessions where Len will inspire you with tips and tricks to improve your camera technique and your composition. Daily processing and feedback sessions ensure you grow each day. 

2nd - 7th September 2018


"Len has a good soul and is a patient and knowledgeable teacher. He is very approachable and has no ego. How refreshing. Thank you Len." - Steve Coleman

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2nd - 7th September 2018 




A photography workshop in Cradle Mountain is just magnificent. Len has been bringing photographers to this amazing location for the past six years. 

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 workshop 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. One of Len's favourite shooting locations. Twenty minutes' drive sees us in the alpine area on the shores of Dove Lake.

As an extended workshop you could consider attending our Tarkine Photography Tour which will be a couple of hours drive away. We have programmed these two events to make it very easy to attend both. 

By the end of the workshop you will have printed a small exhibition of stunning images captured during the week.

NB: This workshop includes day workshops but not accommodation, so you are free to choose accommodation that meets your needs and budget.  Read on for more information on local options. 



2nd - 7th September 2018

Cheese and wine briefing on the evening of the 2nd September




Cradle Mountain 

(we planning for our classroom to be at Cradle Mountain Lodge - this is yet to be confirmed)

Do not book your accommodation until minimum numbers are confirmed.



To join this workshop we ask that you have basic camera handling, operations and processing skills.  This means you can take photographs, download them to your computer and do some basic editing, such as changing the exposure and cropping. If youre not sure if thats you, please contact Len.

Beginners, intermediate and advanced photographers are all welcome. 

If you are a complete beginner and would like to participate in one of Lens other workshops, they may be a better starting point. Len recommends his one day workshop as a great place to start. The Technical Lens Workshop is specifically designed to teach photography technical skills.

Mary Hut and Cradle Mountain © Len Metcalf



 By train & bus & plane

Fly into Hobart, Launceston or Devonport. From here you will have to drive


Catch the ferry from Melbourne to Devonport and sself drive.


Tassie Link ( operates a service from Devonport and Launceston Airports. Limited services (3 times a week) during Spring and Winter. Contact Tassie Link by phone +61 3 6235 7300, 1300 300 520 or email


From Launceston - 2½ Hours Drive Follow the signs from Launceston towards the North West Coast along the A1. Bypass the towns of Hagley, Westbury and Deloraine. At Elizabeth Town turn left (B13) towards Kimberley. At Kimberley cross the Mersey River and continue to Railton then turn left onto the (B14) to Sheffield. At Sheffield turn left (C136) following the signs to Cradle Mountain. You will travel through Claude Road and Gowrie Park, crossing the Forth River at Cethana. At Moina turn left (C132). After approximately 20km turn left at the intersection to Cradle Mountain. Follow this road for 3km and you will see the visitor information center on the left a kilometre before the Pencil Pine River. It is possible to turn off the highway at Deloraine and travel through Mole Creek (where the Trowunna Wildlife Park and Marakoopa and King Solomans Caves are located), however this road is less direct to Cradle Mountain. 



Our classroom at Cradle Mountain is yet to be confirmed.

Accommodation is not included in this workshop so feel free to tailor yours to your needs and budget. 

We recommend six nights so you can settle in on the Sunday afternoon, finish up on the following Friday afternoon and travel home on the Saturday. We will start the workshop on Sunday evening with a little get together so that we can hit the ground running for sunrise on Monday morning.

Cradle Mountain has a range of lovely accommodation options.  You may like to book a room at a B&B or choose from a range of comfortable hotels. 

For something a little different you could consider renting a holiday cabin or even camping at the local camp grounds, which offer options from free camping to cosy caravans.



Enchanted Forests © Len Metcalf

  • Photographic composition
  • Photographing waterfalls and creeks
  • Camera technique 
  • Creating stunning fine art photographs
  • Secrets and myths of correct exposure
  • Managing your equipment in mountain environments
  • Post processing sand photographs in Lightroom
  • Post processing in the NIK &/or MacPhun plug in collections
  • All of your photography questions answered (Len will ensure your personal learning needs are met thoughout the workshop)
  • Daily critique sessions, feedback, encouragement & support
  • One on one tuition when requested in the field and at your computer on your images
  • Review of the week



6.00 am Sunrise shoot

10.00 am morning tea (included)

10.30 am - 1 pm - Presentations, lessons, exercises, Q&A time

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm lunch (included)

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm Download, process images with support and critique images 

3.00 pm afternoon tea (included)

4.00 pm to 6.00 pm - evening group sunset shoot



This is a gentle workshop, which requires a low level of fitness.  There will be a small amount of walking to and from shooting locations, occasionally on uneven surfaces.  If you have any doubts about your ability, please contact Len directly.  He is a qualified wilderness guide and will assess your fitness and mobility and find a solution for you.   

Winter temperatures at Cradle Mountain in September generally average 8ºC.  The mornings are usually brisk and frosty, warming through the day with crisp cool evenings.  Low rainfall is typical of August. Err on the safe side and come prepared for wind, rain and chilly temperatures.

When you book you will receive a detailed packing list to help you plan for the workshop.    



  • Glacial lakes
  • Alpine heath
  • Tumbling creeks
  • Waterfalls
  • Green tangled magical rainforests


All of your tasty morning teas, afternoon teas and lunches are provided by Len's School. We can cater to dietary needs such as gluten free and vegetarian, please let us know in advance.

Breakfasts and dinners are not included in the workshop and can be enjoyed at either of the two major hotels.  There are very limited groceries available at two very very small shops that seem to only stock the basics. The most comprehensive shop is at the caravan park.

On the last evening of the workshop we usually all go out for dinner together and enjoy a glass of wine and a lovely meal together. This will be at the Cradle Mountain Lodge 'Highlands Resturant' which has the reputation of being one of the best dining experiences in Tasmania. This is at an extra cost to you, and is entirely optional.



Participants are requested to provide their own transport for the workshop located in Cradle Mountain. We encourage car pooling to save on traffic congestion and fuel.

We are able to offer a transport package that picks you up from Launceston Airport and returns you there. This would include transport for the workshop at an extra cost of AUD200.



There are a few things you will need to get the most out of the week:

  • Camera equipment
  • Tripod
  • Laptop with image processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One etc)
  • Wet weather clothing
  • Clothing for cold temperatures
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Day pack/camera pack 
  • Large clip lock plastic bags for your camera equipment to keep the sand out

Len Metcalf is a qualified and experienced trekking guide with 30 years of experience guiding groups to remote destinations.  He knows what you need to keep yourself comfortable in the harshest environments on earth.  Click here to see his packing list.



  • All lunches
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Free access to Lens School forum and notes
  • Qualified, experienced wilderness guide, Len Metcalf
  • One-on-one instruction and guidance from fine art photographer and veteran educator Len Metcalf
  • Lens unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as an artist. 
  • Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that will make your photos sing
  • Plenty of time to shoot at each location
  • Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection with the landscape
  • Suitable for all levels from beginners to professionals
  • A positive environment, which encourages group learning, advice-sharing and support



  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts and evening meals
  • Transport
  • Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)
  • Weather-specific clothing
  • Travel insurance.   Click here for more information. 




AUD$500 deposit secures your spot

Returning customer, you will automatically receive our discounted rate.

Full payment is required eight weeks prior to the workshop commencing.

Full transport to and from Launceston Airport is availiable for an extra AUD200 



“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


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