Red Heart Expedition 2017

  Ken Duncan's Red Heart Expedition

  21 to 27 May, 2017


Join Ken Duncan on his 2017 Red Heart Tour

and let him show you many of his secret outback locations


The red centre of Australia is truly magnificent and Ken is excited to be able to share it with you.

Ken’s 2017 Red Heart Expedition has been designed especially for keen photographers who want to travel with Ken – and take photos alongside him –in some of the places that are dear to his heart.

On your Red Heart Expedition, Ken will show you some of his favourite iconic outback locations. But he’ll also take you to a few spots his indigenous friends have shown him - places that are sacred to them and that Ken has kept secret for years.

These are places the average tourist simply never gets to see. 

You can Go Here for a detailed itinerary of all the locations you will visit with Ken.

Your journey of discovery starts when you board your air-conditioned 4-WD bus at Uluru Airport and finishes 7 days later in Alice Springs. 

It’s true there are other outback tours you could choose, but their itineraries don’t really cater for photographers.  On most tours, the guests usually sleep in, which means they miss the opportunity to photograph spectacular sunrises. And their schedules don’t provide flexibility for frequent stops along the way, to capture sensational scenery and the wonderful light shows the outback can provide on a whim.

Yes, your Red Heart Expedition with Ken Duncan will be very different from any other outback tour you could find (and far better). 

Ken will ensure you are in the best locations, at the right times, to capture fabulous photos.

As part of a small group, you are assured of personal attention and assistance every step of the way.   And Ken will be right there with you to provide valuable photo tips and help answer any equipment or technical questions you may have.  If you want it, he’ll also give you feedback on the images you shoot along the way.

Your wonderful hosts at Glen Helen Resort, Colin & Shelagh O’Brien, go out of their way to ensure your stay is memorable.  Their hearty, home cooked meals and ice-cold drinks are just what you need after a long day photographing in the red centre.

And you will spend one glorious night camping out near Chambers Pillar, which was used by the early explorers as a navigational point in their travels.  You can still see the names of some of those explorers carved into the sandstone.

However, unlike the early explorers, you won’t have to pitch your own tent or cook your own food.  Your experienced outback tour guides will take care of everything for you.  About the only thing they won’t do is roll you into your tent after dinner.

It is awe-inspiring to sit under the canopy of millions of stars, listening to the desert night sounds.  And Ken will show you how to do some night photography, so you can capture that amazing sky.

You will be visiting locations that have taken Ken many years to find and to learn the best angles.  All you have to do is turn up, take advantage of all his experience, and simply click the shutter.

Ken will make it easy for you to capture amazing photos on this extravagant tour of Australia’s heartland.

Your tour price of $4,895 (twin share) includes virtually everything.  There will even be a support vehicle to carry all the gear, including tents and stretchers for your night out under the stars.

Sunrise and sunset are the most spectacular parts of the day in the outback, so you will need to be prepared for early starts.  Watching the early morning’s golden rays penetrate Glen Helen Gorge will be one of the highlights of your red centre expedition.

Ken will also take you to a remote aboriginal community, where you will have a chance to visit the arts centre and watch famous local painters at work.  If you are interested, you will be able to purchase some authentic aboriginal art, but there is no pressure to do so.

Of course, you may be able to find some of these locations by yourself – if you have years to spend searching.  But on your own, you wouldn’t have the experience of 30 years photographing them, to uncover the hidden treasures that our nation’s heart only yields to the most persistent seekers.

No red centre tour would be complete without a visit to Uluru.  Nothing can compare with the awesome vista of the world’s largest monolith, as you watch its striking colour changes at sunrise and sunset. It is a must-see location for all Australians and Ken will show you the best angles to ensure you come home with stunning photos that capture the soul and spirit of this place.

You will have the option of a helicopter flight over Uluru and Kata-Tjuta to photograph the spectacular red domes from the air. And there’s another optional helicopter flight over Glen Helen Gorge.  But be careful, this area is so stunning that you could become addicted to chopper flights and aerial photography.

You really don’t want to miss this tour!

So you need to take a few minutes – right away – to download the detailed itinerary and your booking form.

Then contact Debbie Iverach ( to book your place on this exclusive tour. 

Ken doesn’t offer the Red Heart tour every year and it always sells out extremely quickly. And we have taken a great deal of care to find the right operator who we trust to take excellent care of you in the remote outback.  

So, please don’t delay.

Go here now to download your booking form.  Then contact Debbie ( to secure your place on an adventure you will remember – and talk about – for years to come.

Tour Price:          $4,895 per person (based on twin share accommodation)

                              Single Supplement $640 (limited single accommodation available)


  •      •   All accommodation and meals
  •      •   Air conditioned 4WD transport
  •      •   National Park entry fees and permits to enter Aboriginal land


  •      •   Your flights to Ayers Rocks and return from Alice Springs
  •      •   Optional helicopter flights over the West MacDonnell Ranges and Uluru
  •      •   Drinks, tips, laundry and items of a personal nature


Here’s what some past participants said about their Red Heart adventure with Ken:

The trip has had a strange impact on both of us - we both have a feeling of euphoria that we weren’t expecting. The landscape just seems to linger in our minds. Perhaps it was sharing the time of being together in such a beautiful landscape and enjoying the dramatic size of the country, whilst taking time to be in it for more than a quick drive by.  I had never before stood in a creek without shoes in the middle of winter, to try and capture the essential beauty of a landscape.  It makes it easier to conjecture what the feeling might be of the aboriginals to their land. The West MacDonnell Ranges are phenomenal. Viewing them from the helicopter was a highlight for us. Thanks for the opportunity to see this part of the land guided by a person who respects it and obviously enjoys showing its beauty to whoever is prepared to take time to appreciate it. This was a holiday unlike any other we have had.  Peter & Joy  - Western Sydney

For me these trips are a way of seeing beautiful places with people who share the same passion. Regardless of our level of skill, Ken willingly gave his time and invaluable experience to each and every person on the trip. I learnt so much from being with him and learning to look at places through new eyes. Ken has a deep connection with the land and its people and spending time in his company in outback Australia was one of the best experiences in my life. The early morning alarms are all worthwhile when you are sitting on top of a gorge in complete darkness, surrounded by new friends and waiting with anticipation to see what the first rays of sunrise will bring. That’s when you realise how lucky you are to be on a trip with Ken Duncan. Ann - Morpeth

The Red Heart Expedition was really amazing.  We both had a ball and learnt so much about photography.  Ken has an amazing ability to help a group gel and function very positively.  He was generous with his time and knowledge to all. I personally was very happy with both the accommodations and meals.  Glen Helen Resort was fabulous and the people terrific.  The locations Ken took us to were awesome and there was an element of flexibility with daily events that was unusual in a group tour.  (ie. additional helicopter rides, impromptu climb up Uluru, etc).   The friendships forged on the trip were wonderful and it was amazing to see all ages and skill levels getting along together.   Grantly & Sue - Melbourne



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