Whitsunday Islands!! (Flights, Accommodation, Charter & Meals* Included)

Where: Hamilton Island & Whitsunday Islands

When: 1st – 4th August 2014

Cost: $1065

(See below for deposit details & important information)

Queensland Landscape Photographers is proud to announce its first official tropical island photo tour. I’d like to extend a warm invitation to 10 special group members to experience some of the most beautiful islands Australia has to offer. After all… they’re good enough for Oprah! Join me; Destin Sparks on this unique Meetup adventure. Be quick, 2 places sold.....  8 places remain! [EDIT, all places now filled but join the waitlist in case someone pulls out]


Whats included:

Flights, 3 Nights Accommodation, Most meals, Whitsunday Islands Boat Charter, Hamilton Island Airport Transfers, Good company, Great photos*

* Great photos subject to weather, user knowledge, camera equipment, skill and creativity


Flight Details:

Flight VA1497 Friday 1st August 2014 [Depart Brisbane 11:35am] < ----- > [Arrive Hamilton Island 1.20pm]


Flight VA1498 Monday 4th August [Depart Hamilton Island 2:00pm] < ----- > [Arrive Brisbane 3.25pm]


The Accommodation:

We’ll be staying at Villa Tropica, a resort style holiday home which comfortably sleeps 20 people. This luxurious holiday retreat features an open plan living design with wrap around windows complete with full kitchen + kitchenette, large pool, breathtaking and picturesque views of the Whitsundays.

Important! Bedding varies from Queen bedrooms with ensuites to bunk beds with shared bathrooms. All attendees pay the same. Those who pay the full balance ($1,065) soonest will have first preference of bedding. No exceptions.


Payment:

Deposit of:  $250 required by April 5th 5pm

Balance of:  $815 is required by June 15th 5pm

All payments to made to:

Account Name: Destin M Sparks

Account Number:[masked]

BSB:[masked]

Financial Institution: Suncorp

Reference: Your First Initial & Last Name (ie. D. Sparks)

Please note that deposits and payments are non-refundable.



Itinerary:

Friday 1st of August

  1:25pm – Arrive at Hamilton Island

  2:00pm – Unpack and get aquainted with Villa Tropica

  5:00pm – One tree hill sunset drinks & photography

  7:00pm – BBQ & Drinks at Villa Tropica (Meal Provided)

Saturday 2nd of August

  6:00am – Optional Sunrise Shoot

  7:30am – Breakfast at Villa Tropica (Meal Provided)

  9:00am - Private Boat Charter (Departs Hamilton Island Marina):

*Whitehaven Beach/ Hill Inlet

  5:00pm – Private Boat Charter concludes

  7:30pm – Dinner at Hamilton Island Yacht Club (Meal Provided)

  9:00pm – Drinks & Dancing

Sunday 3rd of August

  6:00am – Optional Sunrise Shoot

  7:30am – Breakfast at Villa Tropica (Meal Provided)

  9:00pm – Passage Peak Trek

  12:00pm – Optional Lunch (Buy your own)

  1:00pm - Explore the Island at your own pace

  6:00pm – Optional dinner (Buy your own)

Monday 4th of August

  6:00am – Optional Sunrise Shoot

  7:30am - Breakfast at Villa Tropica (Meal Provided)

  1:00pm – Hamilton Island Airport transfer


*Itinerary subject to change


What say you, shall I keep your seat warm?

Places are confirmed once your deposit is made. Make sure to pay your deposit and notify me via a Meetup Message.


Bring on the Pina Coladas 

*** Special Thanks to Sharon for assisting with organising ***

Destin.

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  • Steven

    Heather, as you requested I have uploaded the cockatoo pics here.

    2 · September 6

  • Destin

    Thanks all. I've had a look into drop box for us all to share photos. Unfortunately to use a collaborative folder we'd each need to subscribe to a business option - not ideal

    I've also searched a few other options and everything seems to come at a price.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    August 9

    • Michelle

      That must have been very annoying! I think Kristin still wants to access the photos so if you can re-instate them easily enough then that would be great. Thanks Paul!

      September 3

    • Paul

      Folks I have restored as many into dropbox as I could. Feel free to delete your own. BTW the standard is fantastic.

      September 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, so I tried to upload some photos but it is very slow and gave up after putting 2 up- have loaded my pics to dropbox instead.

    August 15

    • Emma

      Did you know that the whole left brain-right brain fallacy is a myth? http://www.psychology...­

      August 16

    • Paul

      Great news as I could never remember if I was supposed to be a left or a right brained type of person. Now I am just a person....or does it mean I am not a person.......

      1 · August 16

    • Paul

      Thanks Emma, I would to go there someday. Do you have any people shots from the trip you want to share? I have set up a drop box where we can put up full size photos. I sent you an invite to your gmail, which will allow you to join.

      August 14

    • Emma

      I haven't had a chance to go through any more yet.

      August 15

  • Kristin R.

    I know it's a bit delayed, but thanks so much Destin for organising such a fantastic weekend, and thanks so much to everyone that went for making it such a fun time. I got some good photos and some even better laughs -- can't wait to do it again sometime!

    1 · August 8

  • Steven

    Thankyou Destin (and Sharon) for organizing an excellent weekend. Thanks to everyone for making it a great weekend!
    I'll be offline until Sunday, I have the rest of the week off so going bass fishing and camping. :)
    On Monday I'll put all the star-jump pics and any 'person pics' in a Dropbox folder that we only can access.
    If I'm in any 'group pics' that are going on Facebook, that's ok by me, just don't 'tag' me.

    5 · August 5

    • Sharon

      Thanks Steven. So happy the weekend was a great success and everyone had a great time. See you at a meetup.

      August 7

  • Destin

    Touché, I looked up that snake Emma, turns out you weren't trying to kill me after all.

    1 · August 7

  • Hayley

    A fantastic weekend filled full of adventures, photography and lots of laughter. Lovely people who i have now have made friends with. Looking forward to catching up again soon. Lets definately do it again sometime.... Shit Yeah :)

    4 · August 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    I echo the comments below - great trip and lovely to meet you all! See you at the next Meet Ups...

    2 · August 6

  • Bryan F.

    Michelle said "Let's do it again sometime ;-)"

    .....Shit Yeah !!!!

    5 · August 6

  • Michelle

    Thanks for a great weekend everyone, it was truly awesome!
    Let's do it again sometime ;-)

    3 · August 5

  • Bryan F.

    Fab weekend TrendSetters :-)
    I am moving to Maleny in one week, so won't have time to check and upload photos for a couple of weeks. Thanks to all for a wonderful time at Hamilton Island.

    4 · August 5

  • heather

    had a roller coaster fun ride ,twinkles in the nite n rushing of air particals

    1 · August 5

  • Emma

    Destin, just looking at the Villa Tropica link, it states that there is no bedding in any of the bedrooms. Do we need to bring bedding?

    July 31

    • Destin

      btw, no feathers

      July 31

    • Emma

      :) thanks D

      July 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Destin

    3 days and counting!! Whats the plan? Look forward to the trip : ) Cheers
    Sunn Sunn

    July 29

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Destin, I did not see an email come through and also checked social tab. Can you resend to me? Thanks!

      July 30

    • Destin

      Hi Sunn Sunn, I've re-emailed a copy of the Pre-Flight Email and also uploaded a copy here http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · July 30

  • Paul

    Hi Destin, I have just joined the group and am interested in this event. I do note that I am a bit late. Is it possible to still go on the wait list?

    May 5

    • Destin

      Hi Paul, absolutely. If people pull out for any reason there will be vacant spot. I'm also trying to negotiate one more spot so it could be a party of 11.

      May 5

    • stu

      ditto

      July 18

  • stu

    love to come to this

    July 18

  • heather

    destin how do we obtain our flight tickets , do we come n see you before lift off inhte voyer some where n meet up

    July 6

    • Destin

      Hi Sac, I'll be sending out an email with some detailed info soon but you won't need any flight tickets. Just meet at the airport with photo ID. We're all flying together. I'll be in touch with the specifics in the not too distant future. There are a few more things I need to finalise first.

      July 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Destin, I have made the balance of payment today. Please allocate me my room preference as per previous email if this is still possible.

    Regards
    Sunn Sunn

    June 11

    • Destin

      Thanks Sunn Sunn, it's been received!

      June 12

  • Paul

    Hi Destin, I have paid the full balance this morning.

    June 11

    • Destin

      Great, thanks Paul. I'll let you know when it comes through. Exciting times!

      June 11

    • Destin

      Received!

      June 12

  • Steven

    Hi Destin, I just paid the remaining $815 owed into your account. :)

    June 7

    • Destin

      Received. Thanks Steven!

      June 9

  • heather

    does any xray devices hurt or harm any cards or saved pics , ummm should we send our camera stuff in our luggage or take on plane for safe keepings,,

    May 16

    • Destin

      Hi Sac, carry all camera gear + lenses with you on the plan. Just remember 'carry on' limit is 7KG. Store you tripod in your 'checked' luggage. X-Ray machines wont damage any cards or gear.

      May 16

  • heather

    destin I paid today the rest of owing my account to you soo paid in full now at 955 am wednsday , put the name as sac red if come threw ok was deposited [masked] ok so paid in full now thanks . cheers..

    let me no if ya received it thanks might be under another name too ok a mr from transferr ..

    May 7

    • Destin

      Hi Sac, your complete payment has been received!!

      May 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Destin, funds transferred. Let me know when you have received it. Thanks for organising!

    Cheers
    Sunn Sunn

    April 9

    • Destin

      Received!!! Welcome aboard

      April 10

  • heather

    destin paid the big 500 into ya account just past middnight on 6th

    April 6

    • Destin

      Hi Sac, this has been received. Welcome aboard.

      April 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Destin, I have decided not to go. Hope you get some great photos

    April 3

    • Destin

      Disappointed Phil.

      April 3

  • Steven

    Hi Destin, I've paid the deposit into your account this morning. Looking forward to this trip!

    April 3

    • Destin

      Thanks Steven, welcome aboard. Me too. Should be great!

      April 3

  • Libstar

    Just let me know how much you need for deposit. Thx Lib

    March 20, 2014

    • Libstar

      Hi Destin the deposit is now in your bank account. Thx Lib ★

      1 · March 26, 2014

    • Destin

      Deposit received. Hallelujah!

      March 27, 2014

  • heather

    ok re read it agin looks like all sold out ten

    March 24, 2014

    • Destin

      Hi Sac, yeah just 10, but if people don't pay their deposits the places will open up to those in the waiting list.

      March 24, 2014

  • heather

    so is it only ten peeps going or more destin

    March 24, 2014

  • heather

    wow this looks interesting hmm wonder how allthe pics woudl be illsee my dollars can scrounge up the deposit.. what other sleepign arrangement s is there.. any cpls going

    March 22, 2014

  • steve B.

    sorry Destin will have to miss this time will be heading overseas in sept . hope you all have a great time and may the weather be with you. look forward to the photos.
    cheers

    March 22, 2014

  • Kristin R.

    This trip looks amazing Destin -- thanks so much for organising it! I'm really looking forward to it and will be sending through my deposit today. Hopefully I'll be making it to a few Landscape group meetups before that as well so I can meet everyone! Very jealous that you're heading off to Straddy next weekend -- would love to come along but I'll be out of town for the weekend. Next time!

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Destin

      Glad to have you aboard Kristin, I can't wait. I'm super excited for this trip, I know we're going to have a lot of fun. Look forward to meeting up soon.

      March 21, 2014

    • Destin

      Hi Kristin. Deposit received. Have a great weekend.

      March 22, 2014

  • Michelle

    Hi Destin,
    My deposit should be in your account. Thanks for organising this trip, sounds like it will be a lot of fun & hopefully we'll capture some amazing images!
    Cheers,
    Michelle

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Destin

      Hi Michelle. Received! Absolutely. Can't wait.

      March 21, 2014

  • Bryan F.

    Hi Destin
    Just transferred $1065 into your account. Please advise that you received it OK.
    Choice of bed = Single Bunk
    Does the flight allow checked baggage, or only carry-on baggage ?
    Trying to determine what's more important - clean clothes or photographic equipment :-)
    If it's checked in baggage, then no worries.
    Bryan

    March 20, 2014

    • Destin

      Hi Bryan. Full payment has been received. We fly Virgin with 23KG (Checked) & 7KG (Carry On) - Your bedding preference has been noted. Welcome aboard!!

      March 20, 2014

  • Trish O.

    Would love to join in on this one destin but ill still be OS. ... Next year :)

    March 20, 2014

    • Destin

      Indeed Trish. I hope you're heading somewhere photogenic!

      March 20, 2014

    • Trish O.

      Chiang mai and Angkor wat .... Might get a few snaps:)

      March 20, 2014

  • Madizen B.

    Oh my, this looks exceptional. Who do I have to roll to get funds together for this? It would be a dream trip!

    March 19, 2014

    • Destin

      Hi Madizen, thanks for your interest. The finer details are provided in the info above. Deposit of: $250 required by April 5th 5pm

      Balance of: $815 is required by June 15th 5pm

      March 20, 2014

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