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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for all bookings and enquiries.
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.