North Queensland Wildscapes

Photo Tours with Paul Curtis

Join photographer, author and long-time local Paul Curtis on a tour around some the less visited, yet extremely photogenic sites around Tropical North Queensland.

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Join me in a tour around some of the less visited but extremely photogenic sites around the tropical north.

Tours are varied to suit the customer and the prevailing weather and conditions, but foremost is the goal of finding some remarkable sites and returning with wonderful pictures.

Tours can be half day, full day or one or more nights away to capture the golden hours of dusk and dawn. I’m there to provide a window into the true north Queensland and to assist you where I can to get the best out of every photo opportunity.

I cater for the experienced enthusiast/professional or if you are new to outdoors photography I’d like to help you get the best out of your camera and the wonderful subjects presented. Maximum number is 4 adults so each trip is flexible to suit your needs. No rushing from place to place and packing up unless you are satisfied.

Costs are all inclusive except where indicated.

I can collect you from anywhere in Cairns to the northern beaches (up to Palm Cove) and departure times depend a bit on your location—but generally around 8.00am. I plan to break up the journeys with regular stops so we don't spend too much time in the car, however most of our destinations are at least 1 hour drive from Cairns

I don’t have a schedule that takes you to specific places on specific days. My tours can have a flexibility to suit your needs. You let me know what tour sounds appealing and when you are available. If you are travelling singly I can establish a “schedule” around your availability (time permitting) and see if others are interested on the day to bring the price down. Otherwise the half or full day fee will have to apply. (see fees and charges).

All these tours are designed to be only mildly strenuous so you don’t need to feel limited in what photo equipment you bring. For the more adventurous and fit I have some spectacular walks into remote country that can be customized to your time, fitness and photographic objectives.

Overnight tours can be arranged and require a degree of self-sufficiency and preparedness to “rough it” a bit, however, all meals and equipment can be provided—just remember your camera(s), batteries and cards! Oh, and a tripod if you have one.

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Photo Tours

Half Day Sunset Tour

Half Day Sunset Tour

Afternoon tour of Davies Creek National Park. Spend time at the falls and picturesque creek side scenery before a short walk to one of my favourite lookouts. More info


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Golden Beaches Tour

Golden Beaches Tour

Explore one of my favourite beaches in North Queensland. Half day tour to the beach for a low tide or a leisurely full day to explore further into surrounding wetlands. More info

half day $120.00

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full day $185.00

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Full Day Cloud Forest Tour

Full Day Cloud Forest Tour

Spend a day in high altitude rainforest exploring the lush creeks and one of the north’s premier rainforest drives.

Opportunities to stop in many places to indulge your creativity. More info


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Full Day Mysterious Waterfalls Tour

Full Day Mysterious Waterfalls Tour

Some photogenic tableland waterfalls that few people visit or even know about.

A little bit of exciting 4wdriving through remote country past some great lookouts and spectacular northern rainforest. More info


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Full Day Rainforest Circuit Drive

Full Day Rainforest Circuit Drive

A bit of everything on this one: anything can pop up along the 40 km rainforest drive.

We’ll have the chance to explore some rainforest streams, all sorts of scenic forest types and some spectacular viewpoints along this wilderness circuit drive. More info


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Full Day Creeks and Canopies Tour

Full Day Creeks and Canopy Walks

Spend a day at the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway. Something quite unique in this part of the world that provides some great photo opportunities. Visiting the Babinda Boulders, Henrietta Creek and Mungalli Falls along the way. More info


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Extended tours coming in 2014—watch this space!

About Paul Curtis

Paul Curtis

I have been living in North Queensland since 1984 and visiting it regularly since 1975. One of my personal goals has been to become an authority on the out of the way places - the true North Queensland that many visitors hear about and come to see but rarely find anything more than the well worn tourist trails.

While this satisfies many, there are vast, almost untouched landscapes providing innumerable destinations where it is easy to feel immersed in a wilderness remote from regular human visitation. Hand in hand with this goal has been the objective of establishing the best wilderness image library of this part of the world.

I have resisted the temptation of travelling further afield as many photographers do once they feel the need for further inspiration. I believe in sticking with the territory you know - and to get to know it better. After many years I am still finding fascinating places and great sites for photography. The variety of landscapes within a short drive from my home base in Kuranda is enormous and within the pages of my book, images on display or perhaps a "phototour", I hope I can give you an appreciation of this country. Call me anytime as I am always enthusiastic to talk about my backyard.

Contact NQ Wildscapes

For further information or to discuss options please contact Paul:

Phone: 07 4093 0379 (International callers: +61 7 40930 379)
Mobile: 0408 835 160

Fees, Charges & Provisos

Half-day Tours

Full-day Tours


Individual and group charters are available for $500 per day. You just tell me what you are interested in and I will prepare something special subject to my permit conditions.


If you have any physical constraints or dietary issues please advise us after booking. Snacks, refreshments and light lunches are provided except where indicated. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

A moderate degree of fitness is preferred for most tours though I can adapt most itineraries to suit individuals with mobility issues. Please contact us directly via email or telephone to discuss opportunities.

Bookings can be made on-line via links provided or contact us directly

Try as I may I can’t guarantee the weather. I will run a tour regardless of the weather short of an impending cyclone or truly settled in wet season as rainforest photography is often enhanced by a little inclement weather. I can understand others lack of fondness for rain and under poor conditions refunds can be made (less booking fee) if I am advised 24 hours or more prior to departure. Personally, I am the eternal optimist when it comes to weather!

Note: Not all advertised localities may be visited on every tour. Also, while every possible care will be taken, guests are expected to manage their own safety and that of others on the tour and advise the operator if they have any concerns.