Five Nights – Tropical North Queensland Photo Workshop 2018-04-19T09:08:35+00:00

Five Nights – Tropical North Queensland Photo Workshop

Your photography adventure starts here.

Join internationally renowned nature photographer

Juergen Freund

for an intensive nature photography workshop

in Tropical North Queensland

Whether a beginner photographer wanting to learn how to use your new DSLR or an avid photographer ready to take your camera on a journey of discovery, come learn with a master photographer and feed your spirit to explore the natural wonders of the tropics. This is your perfect location to hone your photography skills while holidaying at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, a beachfront eco retreat between Cairns and Port Douglas.

Join Juergen Freund as he mentors you on your photographic holiday in beautiful Tropical North Queensland – a fantastic photographic workshop at the heart of two World Heritage Sites in Far North Queensland, Australia – the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef.

Proposed Itinerary (details being finalised & subject to change)

The Nature Photography Workshop runs from Sunday 10 December to Friday 15 December 2017

• Sunday – arrive at Cairns Airport and transfer to Thala Beach Nature Reserve (approx 45 mins by road)

• Monday – Mossman, Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas

• Tuesday – Atherton Tablelands

• Wednesday – Daintree River and Thala Beach Nature Reserve

• Thursday – Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef

• Friday – return to Cairns

Far North Queensland photography workshop in the Wet Tropics

The Wet Tropics is the most biodiverse terrestrial region of Australia. This photography workshop will allow you to see the Wet Tropics’ coolest sites in the best possible way, led by someone who knows the special places to photograph – Juergen being local for the past 15 years! Juergen will help you to take the best possible photos, enabling you to enjoy your holidays to the fullest while capturing lasting photographic images and experience.

About your photography workshop leader

Juergen Freund is a highly awarded and internationally published nature photographer with 30 years’ experience. His body of work ranges from photographically documenting harp seals in the frozen Canadian waters under the ice to the island forests of Christmas Island photographing the red crab migration.

In partnership with wife Stella, their coffee table book The Coral Triangle, published by the World Wide Fund for Nature WWF and the Asian Development Bank ADB, was launched in Jakarta, Washington DC and in Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands. The Coral Triangle was Juergen’s opus photographing 6 Asia-Pacific countries for WWF, non-stop for 18-months from land, sea and air.

At home, Juergen explores the most interesting sites of the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef and intimately knows like a local knows, secret places that make the best imaginable pictures. Juergen’s photos are published in the world’s top magazines such as GEO, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Terre Sauvage amongst others. Additionally, his work is licensed for retail products and advertising.

As a guest speaker of international renown, Juergen has presented at the Royal Geographic Society in London at a photographic symposium called Wild Photos. He has presented in Germany’s oldest zoo Hagenbeck; held a series of talks on a luxury cruise ship ex Hong Kong.

Juergen is a senior fellow of the US based non profit organisation International League of Conservations Photographers, short ILCP, whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. He will also be keynote speaker at the WildSpeak conference in November 2017 in Washington DC.

The location

Embedded within two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland hosts some of the highest biodiversity of plant and animal life in Australia. Our Tropical North Queensland Photo Workshop will bring us from Michelmas Cay in the Great Barrier Reef, to the Daintree Rainforest and up the range to the Atherton Tablelands.

Michelmas Cay is a coral cay about 40km away from Cairns. About the size of two football fields this sandy island offers a safe breeding and resting ground for up to 35 species of sea birds. Here we can either swim the coral reef and/or bring out the cameras to photograph the abundant and very friendly up close sea birds.

The Atherton Tablelands is at 700m to 1000m elevated above sea level and the weather is much cooler and less humid than from the coast. The scenic rolling hills with volcanic lush upland rainforests with crystal clear creeks and extinct Maar volcanoes offer fantastic landscape opportunities. And for the very special wildlife experience we may see — tree kangaroos, fruit bats and a variety of birds including seasonal Sarus Cranes, Brolgas, Victoria Riflebirds and more. We will bring you up close and personal to the wonders of nature in the stunning Tableland Region.

The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. Ancient trees are found here. Living relics from the time of Gondwana Land exist exclusively within the central three valleys off the eastern flank of Thornton Peak with the Cooper Valley as its centrepiece. The biodiversity and concentration of rare, primitive and endemic plants will keep us in constant awe. On the Daintree River we will chance upon saltwater crocodiles and other tropical wildlife on a river boat tour.

Learn how to use your digital camera under the expert guidance of Jürgen Freund. Mix this with stunning landscapes, streams, waterfalls and wildlife, this photo workshop is your way to see and fully experience the outstanding Wet Tropics.  Combine your vacation with in-depth nature photography tutorials in one of Australia’s pristine and wild locations from two different forest habitats – upland and lowland rainforests. Please be aware that the workshop requires quite some walking on National Park tracks. A certain degree of fitness is required.

We will be visiting many National Parks within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Site as well as private properties that have stunning natural attractions. Depending on the amount of recent rainfall creeks and waterfalls my vary in size.

 Workshop includes:

  • Five nights in Thala Beach Resort near Port Douglas.
  • All meals included
  • Transfer to and from Cairns Airport to/from Thala Beach Resort
  • Transport throughout the duration of the workshop
  • All tours

Workshop does not include:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Flights

What photo gear to bring?

  • Please bring a digital SLR or mirrorless with a wide and tele-zoom. If you have a macro lens, please bring it. Are you planning to make a major lens or camera purchase but still have some nagging questions, please email Juergen at for advise.
  • A flash unit would be a nice thing to bring if you have
  • A sturdy tripod is a must.
  • Also bring a cable release. Best would be a “timer release cable” from They cost about AUD15.00
  • Please bring Graduated Neutral Density filters; Neutral Density filters; Polarising filters if you have.
  • Don’t forget: all your chargers for camera and batteries.
  • Bring memory cards, a card reader and a notebook computer with Adobe Lightroom installed, hard drives plus backup.

How will the weather be and what clothes and general equipment to bring?

  • The coastal areas which includes Thala Resort and the Daintree are generally warm and humid, especially in Summer.
  • We will be walking through some of the rainforest and creeks. Light wet-able foot wears like Tevas or Keens would be good and/or bring sturdy hiking or walking shoes.
  • Please bring rain gear like a lightweight jacket or poncho. Just in case the weather turns bad. It’s actually a good idea to bring a small collapsible lightweight umbrella to be able to keep shooting even when it drizzles or rains. Keep this tucked in your camera backpack at all times.
  • Please also bring a head torch or LED flashlight. Optional red LED bulb on your head torch helps a lot with night photography.
  • Insect repellant is always a handy thing to bring or buy at the Thala souvenir shop.
  • Hat and sunscreen is a must.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to bring with you.
  • Travel as light as possible. Bring only what is essential: camera gear in backpack; tripod; basic toiletries, clothes for a week.
  • Presciption medication if needed.
  • Average temperatures in Port Douglas
    • Summer November – April 27 – 32 °C
    • Winter May – October  25 – 29 °C

What will we do?

  • Landscape and rainforest photography. Panorama stitching and night sky photography.
  • Close-up photography
  • Wildlife Photography – Where the birds, bats and marsupials live.
  • Flash techniques
  • Digital workflow and file management
  • Adobe Lightroom Techniques

The group!

  • We purposely keep our groups small of up to 8 participants. That will ensure you a maximum learning experience. This is an all inclusive package of tuition & guidance, transport, food and accommodation.

To book please email us at:

Price per person / twin share AUD 4395.-
additional charges for single room AUD 600.-