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Mount Vincent Astro Photography Twilight Hike

Mount Vincent Astro Photography Twilight Hike

Have you ever wanted to learn how to photograph the beautiful & vast universe that surrounds us?

Down Under Discoveries and Perth based astrophotographer and astronomer Roger Groom, link forces to provide you with an amazing Mount Vincent Astro Photography Twilight Hike.

Western Australia's dark night skies and lack of light pollution make it an ideal place for Astrophotography. Immerse yourself in one the most beautiful destinations in the Darling Range, hosting some of the darkest skies in Perth.

Whether you’re beginning your photography journey, or are looking to further develop your astrophotography skills , join us on our astrophotography hike and start your next adventure.

* Shoot for the Stars *

From AUD $55.00 per person

Departs: Saturday 11 May

Duration: 6 hrs approx @3.30pm start

Location: Mount Vincent, Sullivan Rock

Group Size: There is a minimum of 10 people required for this experience to run. Maximum 20 people per experience.

Meet location:
Our meeting point is at the Sullivan Rock Rest Area, Monadnocks National Park

The carpark itself is on the right hand side heading SE, 9 1/2 km's along Albany Hwy past the turn-off for Jarrahdale Rd.

Please arrive at the start 5-10mins prior to commencement.

Pricing:
Adult: $55pp

The Trail

The hiking component of this experience is quite mild. We make our way from Sullivan Rock up to the ridge of Mount Vincent via a section of the iconic Bibbulmun Track. The trail has been marked grade 4, with a few decent climbs and descents. The climb up to the ridge is gradual, that most fitness capabilities can achieve without too much exertion and given we are combining it with photography we will be moving at a relatively moderate pace. Our job is to guide you through safely.

 

Highlights of the Experience

Workshop description
At the start of the walk we will cover some astrophotography and astronomy basics, taking time at the carpark rest area before we walk to discus some aspects including the night sky on the night and what we expect to see at this time of year, the types of astrophotography we hope to do on the night and the kinds of lenses, tripods and other equipment we would normally have with us for this kind of astrophotography.
We will do this at the start to make the most of the less photogenic period of the afternoon. During the walk we have allowed time for you to enjoy the scenery and take some time along the way for photography of the beautiful Sullivan Rock and Mt Vincent area. Working around the best times to do photography during the trip, we will have a couple more mini workshop sessions, when we reach Mt Vincent but before sunset, and then after civil twilight before we get stuck in to some serious astrophotography.
Up at Mt Vincent we will go through some specific details of shooting nightscape astrophotography including exposure basics and camera settings, how to frame and focus your shots in the dark and how many and what types of exposures you should be capturing. We will focus on a few critical settings such as noise control settings and ISO. There will also be a tour of the night sky where I will talk through the current celestial features and what is suitable photography.
Photography Equipment
For this photography hike and astrophotography it is best if you have basic knowledge of how to use your camera in manual settings. Digital SLR cameras, modern Mirrorless cameras (eg Fuji X series, Sony Alpha series, Olympus and Panasonic Lumix) are all suitable for this photography. You don't need to be an expert but the more familiarity you have with you camera the more you will gain from the workshop. Participants will be provided with an info sheet prior to attending, advising of some equipment specifics to prepare.
You will need a tripod and head torch
About Roger Groom

Roger Groom is a Perth based astrophotographer and astronomer with over 20 years experience. Roger has held positions including the Chairperson of the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group, designed and operated remote astronomy setups, runs astrophotography workshops, sells astrophotography, participates in astronomical research. Roger also enjoys hiking and photographing in the natural Australian environment also, selling landscape and macro photography for many years at the Kalamunda Markets in the early 2000's. For Roger this tour is a perfect blend of astronomy and photography interest and he looks forward to sharing this enthusiasm and knowledge with you. 

You can check out his website here.

Night hiking

When the sun takes its daily dive below the horizon and delivers nighttime to your doorstep there is no rule that says you have to stay in for the evening. If you’re looking to extend your daily window of time for exploring the outdoors then let us introduce you to hiking at night. Please make sure you bring your torches or headlamps and immerse yourself in the experience of hiking a mountain at night.

Hiking at night forces you to focus on your other senses, especially your hearing, which can put you more in tune with the environment around you, especially wildlife which can be seen as we make our way up and down Mount Vincent. An amazing sensory experience.

Sunset

Watching the sunset over the horizon from Mount Vincent is a beautiful experience however because of the 1 hour hike back down to the carpark, many miss this opportunity, opting instead to get back to the bottom whilst there is light. Our guides are experienced at leading hikes at night-time in a safe manner and therefore look forward to being able to provide you with this opportunity.

Bushtucker Dessert

The hike up Mount Vincent will have built up your appetite so we make most of the amazing views with a rest stop for dinner (BYO) and to follow is our Bush-tucker inspired dessert.

Alternatively you are certainly most welcome to bring your own food. Unfortunately we are unable to cater for dietary requirements. 

We love introducing our clients to the foods of the bush in the hope that we encourage you to explore the world of Bushtucker and learn from those whose bond with the earth is second to none.

Most of you know that we have a great bond and deep respect for the traditional owners of this land, and this is just one way we know how to honor Aboriginal culture.

Our spices and herbs are only sourced through Aboriginal business's around Australia and we encourage you to get on board and support these amazing suppliers.

Outback Chef, Outback Pride, Warndu

Please note: Whilst we wish we had control of the weather, seeing a perfect sunset on every hike is a little bit unrealistic and therefore presents the risk that you may not be blessed with one on your experience. As that is something that is not within our control, refunds/compensation will not be offered if this is the case. The actual hike alone is well worth your time and energy regardless.

Please contact Chelle on 0439463285 or via email chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com for all bookings and enquiries.

"I experienced the Kitty's Gorge hike with Chelle and a lovely group. The scenery is stunning and the recent rains turned on a lovely show of water falls."

- Linda - 

 

"I have done two moonlight forest immersion hikes now and each one has been a wonderful experience and grounding. A wonderful way to restore your energy amongst nature and be truly mindful".

- Luke R - 

 

Hi Chelle, I just wanted to write a quick msg to let you know how awesome it has been going on your group hikes. I have always wanted to do something in the outdoors which involved both weight loss and mental healing. I have slowly found something that has helped me establish who i am as a person as it has given me the clarity i been looking for, to find myself as a person. And I love myself for it! Thank you for creating such a great team environment for all fitness level, people that love to be one with nature, and for people that just need that time to find what they need 🙂 You rock!

-Larissa-

I joined the New Moon walk tonight at the Zigzag and had a great time. A short enough walk to do not being fit but long enough to get a workout. Amazing scenery and the end of hot tea and singing bowls was lovely. Highly recommend as a doable experience that is affordable and not hard for a usually sedentary person to achieve. Chelle and Dave were great hosts that have great experience to offer.

- Ruth - 

I highly recommend the 1 day tour to Perth Waterfalls with Chelle at DownUnderDiscover. As a foreign it was a pleasure to met a local with such sound knowledge of WA nature and the outdoors experiences. I enjoyed and learned a lot on this tour and the waterfalls were spectaculars.The tour is very well thought, and runs smoothly through the day with a great attention. We have time to ask questions, enjoy the walks without rushing and spend a wonderful day. For sure I will come back for another hike/outdoors experience.

- Olga - 

We had a wonderful morning on the recent Zig Zag Flora, Fauna & History Tour. There was an abundance of wildflowers to discover, learn about and photograph. Learning the history of the Zig Zag and early settlers was very interesting and gave us a new appreciation of the area. Our guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and provided a great morning tea. Thank you for an excellent event.

- Adele - 

We had a beautiful evening walk with Chelle. The moon didn't quite make it through the clouds, but the energy was exquisite, and the guide, and company, lovely. Thoroughly recommend this experience, and I can't wait to try others, such as the New Moon walk.

- Jaki - 

Great walking tour in the hills. Loved the very knowledgeable Ken who walked us through the amazing flowers of the region. Highly recommended. Oooh and such a yummy lemon myrtle cake too.

- Trevor - 

The forest walk was amazing. I really enjoyed the meditation and connection exercises and the walk itself is very manageable. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes nature and walking!!

- Debbie - 

Mothers day Hike was for my daughter and I our first venture on to the Bibbulmun Track. From the start Chelle and her family crew made us feel very welcome. The Hike was relaxed and at a speed suitable for all ages .Chelle very informative about the trail and the surrounding plants and trees. Midway homemade scones and tea was a welcome break in the midst of beautiful tranquil surroundings. The mothers day flowers and chocolates at the end was also lovely surprise. We will definately be booking more hikes with Down Under Discoveries.

- Meg -

Fantastic hike, no pressure to rush. I absolutely loved the meditative forest immersion moment. Yummo handmade bushtucker morning tea was a real treat. The morning started off quite crisp and cool but brightened to a warm, clear day. Chelle, our guide is really knowledgeable but warm, approachable and has great people skills.When I can afford another hike, hopefully a night one, will definitely be choosing this lovely family run business.

- Sandie - 

Thanks Chelle at Down Under Discoveries, I had a really great time, learnt lots and didn't feel rushed or unsafe at any point! even with the snake trails � 
I couldn't do something like that on my own so it's great you've created something that gets people outside �
Lovely group of people and I look forward to my next adventure! ��

- Tamara -

I have joined Chelle on some amazing hikes around the Perth area. She is a fantastic guide with a depth of knowledge and a passion for the environment and for bringing it to people who might never get to enjoy the countryside. Albany Region, you are lucky to have her!!!

- Andrea, Perth -

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • Fully led 6hr guided hiking experience
  • Astrophotography Workshop led by Perth Based Astrophotographer and Astronomer Roger Groom
  • Bushtucker Dessert
  • Photos posted on our Facebook Page

What to Bring

  • Water bottle or Camel Back with at least 2 litres of water per person
  • Hiking pack or backpack to carry your items
  • Comfortable walking shoes suitable for hiking and rock scrambling
  • Suitable clothing - It gets cold and windy on top so dress accordingly
  • Torch or headlamp for the descent
  • Photography Equipment - A full list will be given upon booking
  • Most importantly a great sense of adventure
* Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations, lost property, medical evacuation, personal liability, lost deposits, etc.

Terms and Conditions

Please go to the following link to read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking. This includes information about our Cancellation Policy.

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