Greg Sullavan, Canon Collective Ambassador

Tropical Queensland Escape – Heron Island

Where: Heron Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef
Cost: $2477 Per Person
$3722 Twin Share
Skill level: Intermediate
Maximum event capacity: 14 people

When: Check in 25th May, Check out 29th May
How to book:
Call the Heron Island Sales Desk on 1800875343 or email and mention you’re with the Canon Collective.

Underwater turtles by Greg Sullavan

About the event:

Message from Heron Island Management:

Due to the Australian Government’s announcement restricting all non-essential travel, combined with self-isolating requirements Heron Island will temporarily suspend welcoming guests from Wednesday, March 25.

Our team will continue to closely monitor this very challenging situation and will provide updates as new changes are announced. Currently, we plan to recommence welcoming guests to Heron Island from 1 May.

At this stage we are planning to be reopened in time for your group's arrival. As the situation with COVID-19 is continuously changing we will keep you updated if there are any changes to the current timeline.

It's time to reward yourself with a unique tropical getaway to the world renowned Great Barrier Reef! Heron Island is a World Heritage listed coral cay located in the pristine waters of the southern Great Barrier Reef, 72 km north-east of Gladstone, Queensland. A nature lovers paradise with an abundance of wildlife both above and below the water. We can expect to see plenty of sharks, rays, tropical fish with excellent snorkeling opportunities from both boat and the iconic white sandy beaches that Heron Island is famous for. Indulge in a private Canon Collective underwater, nature and landscape photography workshop on Heron Island. Paradise awaits for our small group with a private snorkel boat, day trip to Wilson Island and the best Canon photographic equipment. This is a snorkelling event and beginners are welcome. We will feature our Powershot G1 X Mark III with the WPDC56 underwater housings and the Canon Collective Aquatech equipment. We are expecting great visibility at this time of the year and water temperature still up around 24 degrees. Heron Island is surrounded by 24 hectares of coral reef at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The Canon Collective Experience Package includes:

• 4 x Nights Accommodation
• Breakfast & Dinner daily
• Snorkel Equipment
• Return Ferry between Gladstone & Heron Island
• 2 x Half Day Private Snorkel Boat Tours
• 1 x Sunset Cruise
• Wilson Island Day Trip

Divers are welcome, with equipment hire and dive packages available through the Heron Island Dive Centre (Dives can be booked during reservation). Departure from Heron Island is on Friday the 29th at 12:45pm, it is recommended that domestic flights departing Gladstone Airport are booked no earlier the 4.45pm. The bus transfer service will depart the Gladstone Marina at 3:45 pm (dependent on the boat arrival being on time). More Details can be found here.

The 'Heron Islander', custom built passenger ferry specifically designed to provide a comfortable and spacious transfer from the Queensland mainland to Heron Island. It departs from Gladstone Marina at 9:30am on Monday 25th, so you will need to catch the early Virgin or QANTAS flight or consider staying overnight in Gladstone to be at the marina 90 minutes prior to departure. There is a free bus that departs Gladstone domestic airport at 8:00am.

Please note: Competent swimming ability and sound fitness levels are recommended.

Topics of discussion will include:
• Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III and WPDC56 underwater housing
• Underwater photography basics
• Nature Photography
• Adobe Lightroom workflow
• Edit to Print

Canon Collective will have the following equipment available:
• Powershot G1 X Mark III and WPDC56
• Aquatech underwater housings
• Variety of Canon cameras and lenses
PIXMA Pro100 printer 

Travel and parking:
Make your own arrangements to the Gladstone Marina, at Bryan Jordan Drive, by 8:00am on Monday the 25th of May. Regular flights to Gladstone are available via Brisbane with either Qantas or Virgin Australia. For an online map of Gladstone click here.

If you are driving, you can pre-book a secure car lock-up spot by calling Compleat Angler on 07 4972 7283, available for $12 AUD per day for a covered car park, or $10 AUD per day for an uncovered spot.

The little details:

Recommended equipment:

Notepad and pen, Laptop, charger, mouse, mousepad, External Drive, correctly formatted and ready to use, Card Reader, Adobe Lightroom Classic - Latest Version, Series of RAW images ready to import & edit on an SD card.

Event location:

Meeting 2pm at the Wistari Room, Monday 25th May 2020.

Important Information

This is mostly an outdoor event that involves water based activities. There is an expectation that guests will be competent swimmers with moderate fitness levels. If unsure, please seek advice from your doctor. Heron Island recommends all guests have suitable levels of Travel Insurance.

Share your images with us

We'd love to see what you capture! Please share your images from this event by tagging @canoncollectiveofficial or #canoncollective for your chance to be featured on the Canon Collective Instagram account. Other relevant tags include: #heronisland #thisisqueensland #southerngreatbarrierreef #gladstoneregion #greatbarrierreef

Your Ambassador

Greg Sullavan

Brisbane based photographer, Greg Sullavan is well known and respected in the industry as an expert in the areas of wedding, portrait, travel and nature photography.

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