Yarra Valley Photographic Tour Misty Valley

Yarra Valley Photographic Tour

Join Rod Black from Phototourism and our team members for our popular photographic tour that explores the best of the Yarra Valley.

We meet an hour before sunrise at Croydon Camera House. From here we are on the Yarra Valleys doorstep to start the tour as we venture out as a group on a small bus and head into the heart of the Yarra Valley. Our first photo opportunity comes as we watch hot air balloons fill and take flight in the morning light. You’ll quickly wake up as you grab your camera and tripod to capture the fast-paced action of the balloons filling in front of you. You’ll capture the burners illuminating the paddocks as the balloons expand before your eyes, rise up and float off with the wind.

We then search for Kangaroos in the wild. They often enjoy a meal near tracks early in the morning and we are usually successful in capturing their gentle ways. This is followed by a visit to a deer and emu farm where we can wander the hills and valleys to capture that natural look against the morning light. We will visit a glass blowing studio where they not only blow glass but attract native parrots with a morning feed. Next we’ll visit the Healesville Railway and the art gallery at the Worawa Aboriginal College. Next we travel deeper up the valley towards the source of the Yarra River. We head into Redwood forest to take inspiration from the beautiful nature surrounds and then back to Warburton for a café lunch. Time permitting, we may visit a couple of quirky spots in Warburton and then on to the water lily farm for some very unusual photographic opportunities. After that we have several options but we’ll try and get to an old homestead where there are working blacksmiths to capture some rustic images and the colourful characteristics of the blacksmiths. As we are homeward bound we may have time we visit a couple of very big rural properties also.

This one-day tour will give you a wide range of photographic opportunities and lighting. Throughout the day you will be provided with photographic tuition and some technical activities that will help you develop your photographic skills.

Tours generally start about 1 hour before dawn and finish mid-afternoon. The tour begins and finishes at Croydon Camera House. Cost is $249 per person, includes tuition and transport for the day.


We are taking all the necessary safety precautions to keep both our tutors and participants are safe.

Our workshops will:

  • Respect social distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Be limited to small groups.
  • Record the name and contact numbers of participants.

We kindly ask that if you are not feeling well that you contact Croydon Camera House and we will reschedule you into a workshop for when you are feeling better.

Participants are to make their own way to and from the workshop location. Transport is included for the duration of the workshop provided that COVID-19 restrictions allow it.

Thank you for your understanding.

About Phototourism

If you have a sense of adventure and a keen eye for photography then let Phototourism take you off the beaten track and into a whole new world of wonder.

Founder and Professional Photographer Rod Black has over 40 years of experience behind the lens. Starting his career as a corporate advertising photographer based in his studio in Prahran. Rod has worked with some of the largest brands in Australia and has shot a huge volume of material including international clients, industrial location photography, extensive studio product work, several model agencies, government agencies, universities and much more.

Now having left that world behind he explores our worlds hidden gems conducting tours in Australia, Vietnam and Laos.

In Australia he runs Photo-Tours and Workshops in Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Tasmania.

Our tours combines the best elements of a modern tour with the added benefit of photographer tour guides. We are fully committed to helping our tour members find the best locations and receive the best photographic advice.

Our guides are always happy to provide constructive advice and tuition to assist you to achieve your creative photography goals.

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