Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre – Aerial Photography Safari 2025

Elevate your photography skills on Scott Portelli’s aerial safari and experience the unparalleled beauty of the Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre Basin from above. Capture breathtaking aerial shots of this vast landscape, the world’s largest internally draining river systems. Spanning 1.2 million km2, Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) is a wonderland for anyone who wants to explore the Australian skies. During the day, we soar above the basin, and at night, Ari Rex will reveal his secrets in astrophotography under the star-filled skies.

Hosts

Join Scott Portelli & Ari Rex, both award-winning photographers, for this 7 day workshop.  Scott is well known for his wildlife, nature and aerial photography, and has photographed Australian landscapes extensively from the air. Ari is best known for his visual storytelling in landscape and astro photography. They will both be on hand to help you get the best results.

Scott Portelli

Scott Portelli Aerial

Scott Portelli is an international award winning wildlife, nature and underwater photographer. Scott has spent thousands of hours in remote locations across the globe filming and photographing nature, wildlife, the underwater environment and wild places.

Some of his recent accolades include:

Winner of Diversity Portfolio in HIPA Awards 2023

Highly commended at the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the year in London in both 2016 & 2022,

Winner in the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2021, and has previously been awarded winner in the animal behaviour category in 2017 and 2019

1st  Place Winner as part of a team representing Australia at the World Photographic Cup 2021.

Winner at the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2021  in the Other Animals category.

Winner in the Human & Oceans category at the Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year awards 2021 

Winner at Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 & 2018 and runner up in the landscape category in 2020.

National winner of the Sony World Photography awards 2016.

Scott has spent over a decade working in the polar regions with a focus on Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic areas producing a unique portfolio of fin

Ari Rex

Embark on an exhilarating journey into the realm of astrophotography alongside Ari Rex, an esteemed luminary in both the realms of nature photography and astrophotography.

Renowned as the Nature Photographer of the Year in 2020 and the recipient of the prestigious Astrophotography award at the International Photography Awards IPA in 2019, Ari’s accolades further extend to securing first place in the landscape category at APPA 2021 for his remarkable work in the “Manmade” division. Ari’s profound expertise and acclaimed achievements form the cornerstone of this transformative workshop.

Under his expert tutelage, you’ll delve into the intricate art of capturing the ethereal splendor of the cosmos, crafting images that evoke profound wonder and admiration. Elevate your nocturnal photography prowess to unparalleled heights as you join us on this extraordinary expedition.

Cost

$11,450

Deposit $1500 (Non Refundable)

Dates:

  • 26th of April – 3rd of May 2025
  • 22nd of June – 29th of June 2025

Duration:

7 Days, 6 Nights

Group Size

Maximum 5 people

Itinerary (Sample)

  • Day 1 – Transfer from Coober Pedy (approximately 2 hr drive). Arrive at William Creek, unpack, meet for dinner at 6pm – briefing and prepare cameras for aerial safari 
  • Day 2 – Flight over Lake Eyre (1) Lake Eyre 4WD sunset session/Astro photography session
  • Day 3 – Flight over Lake Eyre South (2), flight over Painted Hills afternoon (3)
  • Day 4 – Flight to Lake Eyre North/channel country (4), Lunchtime editing session, Evening Astro photography session
  • Day 5 – Flight to Lake Eyre Madigan Gulf (5), Evening Astro photography session
  • Day 6 – Editing Day (Flight alternate day if weather conditions change)
  • Day 7 – Depart – Transfer to Coober Pedy

**Please note: all flights are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Location

6 nights/7 Days in William Creek

Start: Coober Pedy – William Creek
Finish: William Creek – Coober Pedy

Maps

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Accommodation

Ensuite cabin options for single, double or twin.

What to bring (full checklist will be sent prior to the trip)

  • Equipment – Camera, tripod, camera harness or straps for plane
  • Clothing – warm clothes, wind proof, gloves, neck buff, beanie, sunglasses
  • Fly nets, Mosquito repellent, water bottles

Inclusions

  • 5 x flights ranging from 1.5 – 2hrs each day
  • 2 x 4WD photo sessions to Lake Eyre and outback locations
  • All meals at the famous William Creek Hotel
  • Transfers from Coober Pedy to William Creek

Exclusions

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional activities
  • Travel insurance

Contact Us if you’d like to join this adventure.

Please review our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation policy.

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Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre – Aerial Photography Safari

Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre – Aerial Photography Safari

Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre – Aerial Photography Safari

Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre – Aerial Photography Safari

Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre – Aerial Photography Safari

Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre – Aerial Photography Safari