Mark Rayner 9 Days Central Australia

  • 9 Days in Central Australia

    The Red Centre Experience Tour

    August 14-22 2016

August 14-22 2016

The start date is fixed as the events we will attend are already set and confirmed.

AU$ 5483.50 per person

Please note that an additional 2.9% handling fee applies to credit card payments. To view the terms of booking and to reserve a place, please scroll down to the form at the end of this page.

Group Size

The target group size is from 6 to 12 participants, so that the experience and training is personal. We need a minimum of 6 participants to confirm the tour is a "go".

Full Package

Excellent 3-4 star hotels, with full amenities for relaxing at the end of the day. Dining in high quality local places with varied menus to suit all palates.

This Photo Tour has sold out and is now closed for bookings. The tour will be run again in July 2017. You can read on and send an enquiry on this page; we will assume it is for the next time this tour is run. Or you can go directly to the program details for the next tour.

Photo tour led by Mark Rayner

Join Mark for a winter treat in Australia's wonderful outback. Improve your photography in one of Australia's most amazing natural environments! This amazing Red Centre Experience includes trips to Kings Canyon, the iconic Uluru (Ayre's Rock) and Kata Tjuta. You will visit the East and West McDonnell Ranges, take in the spectacular scenery of Trephina Gorge Nature Park, Jessie Gap, Emily Gap, Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm and much much more. The outback remoteness, and the peace and tranquility it embodies, is an experience you will treasure for a lifetime.

Mark has travelled extensively through the Australian outback to photograph its natural beauty; the locations for a condensed experience of desert life have been well researched and offer a condensed snapshot of desert life. Drawing on the skills of the local wildlife experts Mark has partnered with gives you the opportunity to photograph rare wildlife as well.


Of course you can bring your companion with you! With our local partners we have created a number of interesting and rewarding activities for them to fully enjoy the time too.


This is the dry season, though it does rain from time to time. This is also winter time in Australia; day temperatures are pleasant but the night can be cold, so bring a mix of clothes.


Energetic but not mountain climbing. You do have to be in reasonable health, capable of one hour hikes up hills. Do bring good walking shoes.

Tour Program

This nine day tour is based in Alice Springs which, in itself, is home to many wonderful attractions and photographic opportunities. The area surrounding Alice Springs is home to a large variety of desert wildlife and flora. The outback is also renowned for producing amazing colours at sunrise and sunset. Both opportunities will be presented during the workshop. One of the opportunities presented will be to photograph many wild and rare desert reptiles, birds and mammals at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Special access will provide additional opportunities and subjects not normally available to the general public.

You will learn and practice several photographic techniques: composition, street photography, unusual angles, portraits, film/shutter/aperture combinations, depth of field, macro, using light and many others. We will also focus on the specifics of wildlife and landscape photography, together with specialities like shooting waterfalls. Photo skills will be reviewed "as-you-go" and also at the end of the day so you get the best from these opportunities. Almost everyday we will start the trip before dawn, to be in time of sunrise and the sky’s beautiful orange blue color, and ended up after sunset time for the golden and blue hours. At the end of the day you will also have something to see and enjoy, always with photography in mind.

Day 1 • Alice Springs Desert Park

Meet, greet and assessment of skills and needs. Introduction to birds in flight and animal portrait photography. Review and critique day's photography.

Day 2 • East MacDonnell Ranges

Trephina Gorge for landscape photography. Then Jessie and Emily Gaps, Corroboree Rock and the Ghost Gum.

Day 3 • West MacDonnell Ranges

Standley Chasm, Glen Helen Gorge (enjoy an optional chopper flight over the incredible Ormiston Pound and gorge), Ormiston Gorge, Ochre Pits and Simpsons Gap.

Day 4 • Central Australian Reptile Centre

Early morning Reptile photography. Afternoon Macro and Bird session in the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens.

Day 5 • Alice Springs

Free day to explore Alice Springs, where you can visit the Old Telegraph Station or the Trucking Museum, shop for souvenirs, take an early morning hot air balloon ride or a scenic fixed wing flight out over the ranges. Basically chill out and relax.

Day 6 • Uluru

Full day and evening trip with landscape photography of Uluru (Ayre's Rock). BBQ dinner back at Yalara accommodation and optional star trail photography

Day 7 • Kata Tjuta

Full day with landscape photography of Kata Tjuta and sunset photography at Kings Canyon.
Overnight at Kings Canyon resort

Day 8 • Kings Canyon

Full day with predominately landscape photography and with through King's Canyon. Optional chopper flight over the canyon possible too. Then back to Alice Springs

Day 9 • Alice Springs Desert Park

Morning free time then a Bird Walk and last chance to catch birds in flight. Review, critique, wrap up and a Farewell Dinner.

Photos from Mark's tour in Central Australia


We provide flights between tour  destinations, transfers, tour transport, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, light refreshments and soft drinks, museum passes and other related tickets. For indoor photography we have reflectors and light boxes. All fees quoted are inclusive of taxes.

Don't forget!

Other than your digital camera (any type will do) you should bring some lenses, a sturdy tripod and ideally a shutter release cable. There is a fair amount of walking, some in rough patches, so wear sensible shoes and casual clothes with lots of pockets. The sun can be strong; light headgear might be good for some.


If you do not have or do not want to bring a PC with you, we can arrange for you to use one locally. If you do not have imaging software on your computer, we can provide you with a free copy that has basic functionality. If you don’t bring a tripod we have some spares. If you are using a Canon DSLR then we also have some extra lenses.

Reserve your place on this tour

Once we receive your request we will call and email you to confirm details.


Bookings are made directly with the photographer. For more details please contact Mark Rayner by email to markrayner@tailoredphotography.com.au.


  • Fees are exclusive of your own travel to and from Alice Springs.
  • Fees do not cover international travel and medical insurance.


  • 50% to be paid on confirmed booking.
  • Balance of 50% paid at least 45 days before the tour start date.
  • By credit card or bank wire transfer.


  • 100% refund if made 30+ days before the tour start date.
  • 50% refund if made 15+ days before the tour start date.
  • 25% refund if made 7+ days before the tour start date.

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Mark Rayner

Mark hails from Brisbane in Australia, but his photo tours span the world. Fully accredited as a professional photographer in Australia (AIPP), Mark is an established wedding, portrait and commercial photographer, for which he has been awarded several commendations including "2012 Shoot the Architect" competition sponsored by the Australian Institute of Architects.

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