Sunshine Coast Photographic Retreat
march 2021

  • Create incredible imagery with Basic Gear;
  • Get the perfect exposure in one shot;
  • Understand Manual Mode and more!
  • Learn to light and
  • Pose, expose and compose;
  • Real-life photo shoots;
  • On-site education;
  • Over 12 hours of tuition with two expert photographers;
  • Minimum group size is six and maximum eighteen;
  • See the beautiful Sunshine Coast whilst getting some first-class photographic tuition.​

All meals, accommodation, tuition and local transport included. Only $2,445 per person sharing. Bring your camera and preferably your computer, plus, if you have, your tripod and flash and any other accessories you may like to work with, then join us for four days of fun and learning. And if you have a partner who isn’t so keen on photography – bring them with! There is a lot to keep them entertained here, from spas and shopping to micro-breweries and surfing, or they can just relax and enjoy the premises.​

Please contact us for full details and terms and conditions.

Our Itinerary

Tuesday 9th March – arrive in Buderim and join Malcolm and Richard plus the rest of the group for lunch and a briefing on the activities of the next couple of days.

After checking in to your luxurious room, Malcolm and Richard will lead you through the first of their planned activities.

Wednesday & Thursday (10th & 11th) – spend time:

on the surrounding ten beautiful acres with many photographic opportunities, inside going over images – critiquing and processing;

visiting neighbouring sites like the Buderim waterfall, the beach and the Maroochydore spit to capture surf, boats and possibly even night lights (we do plan to spend the evening out one night, so will organise dinner out this night);

Friday 12th March – a morning to do some more exploring and photography on the property, some last minute advice and ideas from Richard and Malcolm, before heading off home again before lunch

– or why not spend some more time in the area, travel up the coast to Noosa or even further north, or go west into the Hinterland and the vast array of offerings out there. Speak to us for some tailored suggestions.

Our Acommodation

Aquila Retreat is a 1,200m2 boho-luxe mansion, boasting stunning, sweeping views, to Moreton Island and the Glasshouse Mountains. The home draws inspiration from Morocco to Byron Bay, is filled with beautiful things and is peppered with layer-upon-layer of thoughtful and luxurious inclusions for guests to enjoy. From the sweet healing crystal boxes, candles, books and Bonnie and Neil cushions found in each room, to the complimentary Saya body wash and toiletries provided for use in all 11 bathrooms: Aquila Retreat’s guest inclusions are superior. A magnificent, super-central-hideaway, situated on 9.5 acres of rainforest on top of Buderim Mountain, Aquila Retreat is just 8 minutes from Mooloolaba, 11 minutes from the Sunshine Coast airport and an hour’s drive from Brisbane. There is also a helipad on site, should you wish to rather arrive in style. You can enjoy an authentic Sunshine Coast experience that captures the best of both worlds – rainforest and beach! The most luxurious and hygienic group accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. Aquila provides ozone sterilized rooms, hand sanitizer on tap and 40m2 of personal space for each guest! Aquila is exclusive and we will be the only guests staying. It truly has to be seen to be appreciated – give Sean a call to find out more.

Malcolm Pendlebury

Malcolm’s Photographic experiences span wildlife, landscape, portraiture and video. One of the highlights of his Photographic experiences was riding the rails outside of a helicopter, creating images of the wildlife in Kakadu National Park. Since then Malcolm has settled into a more sedate Studio Portraiture Photographer venturing out into the ‘bush’ on occasion.

Malcolm is qualified to deliver our Workshops having attained a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training as well as having numerous years Instructing Engineers and Sales teams on Fujitsu Computing Systems. Malcolm has also worked around the world in this capacity, having spent 16 years overseas before returning to Australia.

Richard Bassett AAPS PSQA

The digital world has brought about a renewed vigour in my photography and I was a foundation member of the Hervey Bay Photography Club Inc. The 12 years I have been with the club has produced a wealth of knowledge through competitions and training which has been invaluable.

I like all aspects of photography, with nature, people and portraits being some of my favourite subjects. I firmly believe that an outstanding photo must first start with good camera techniques and a solid original image – later enhanced by computer.

Malcolm and Richard are looking forward to welcoming you on one of our workshops.