Category: CAIRNS

What Natural Treatments Work for Bad Period Pain?

Naturopath – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Jana, I get really bad period pain. My Dr suggested contraceptives might help but I’d prefer something natural. Do I have options?

The effectiveness of a natural treatment depends on the reason for the pain. Some conditions that lead to period pain can impact your fertility so make sure your GP is referring you for further investigations. Natural therapies for period pain centre on balancing hormones, reducing inflammation, managing stress with nutritional and herbal supplements, and more. There are differences between supplements so make sure you seek advice on a product that’s going to work for you. 





What Can I Ask My Pharmacist?

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, What can I ask my pharmacist?

Don’t be afraid to ask your pharmacist any question about your health and medicine. We have face to face dispensing to encourage these conversations between our customers and pharmacists, as well as being open seven days a week, early to late, so you can catch us on your way home. Some common questions are, “Do I need to take this with food?”, “What side effects might I get from this medicine?” and more. Ask Calanna – we can either help or advise you to see a doctor.





How Can I Help My Child Deal With Stress?

Win Win Parenting 

Dear Dr Rosina, How can I help my child deal with stress?

Stress is a normal reaction to life’s challenges. Helping children overcome it will empower them to tackle obstacles they encounter with courage and confidence.

Here are three tools that can help:

1. Be a good role-model. When it comes to managing your stress – children look to their parents for guidance.

2. Teach calming techniques. Help children learn to slow and deepen their breath when they’re feeling stressed. 

3. Encourage positive self-talk. Create an empowering mantra that children can repeat to themselves when they feel worried, like: “I’m OK, everything is fine, I can get the help I need, I’ve been successful before and I’ll do it again.”

Read more parenting blogs HERE. 







Get Out and About Cairns – October 2020

Cairns this October 2020 is packed full of things to do and places to go, whether for the whole family or just a parents night out. Check out our guide below for all the upcoming events. 

Pop-up Country Music Festival – Savannah Summer Series

Country music lovers get ready for great entertainment at the Salt House Cairns and Rodeo Grounds Mareeba. Australian artists and more, The Buckleys, SaltbushSix, The Ayres Rockettes, Casey Barnes and The Roadtrippers will all be performing live music for Queenslanders on 1 – 2 October.

A Thursday Oct 1 – Salt House Cairns, Marina Point, 6/2 Pier Point Rd

A Friday Oct 2 – Mareeba Rodeo Ground, 614 Mareeba Dimbulah Rd



The Great Northern Bull Riding Series – Savannah Summer Series

Watch bull riders from all over the state battle it out for the 2020 Great Northern Bullriding series championship title on Oct 3! You can get closer to the entertainment than ever before in the Kerribee park arena, newly renovated. Want to make it a Family adventure? You can camp overnight on Saturday at either a powered or unpowered site just outside of the arena!

A Mareeba Rodeo Ground, 614 Mareeba Dimbulah Rd



MS Gong Ride (Virtual)

Australians nationwide can show their support and ride for multiple sclerosis from anywhere in the country. Simply sign up, choose one of eight distances and commit to going the distance between 1 October – 1 November. Anyone, whether beginners, amateurs or professionals, are encouraged to ride from wherever they live, solo or united, in the fight against MS. All you need is a bike and a phone to take part.

Cost: Registration is FREE. Register online at

P 1300 733 690



The Great East Coast Run

Find out how far you can walk or run in four months with the Great East Coast Run, a virtual event starting in September and ending in December. Try the 160km course from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns, or go extreme with the 553km Race to Rocky! All entrants can receive prizes as they reach iconic towns along the course. You can also get together a team with three other people and clock the km’s together.

Cost: Registration is $60.00 (both races) – register online.



Cairns Pride Festival – Art Exhibition

The Pride Festival focuses on showing the work of people from diverse backgrounds and embracing love, colour and resilience over an amazing range of art styles.

The tradition of a pride exhibition will continue in 2020 with art displayed made by talented people in the LGBTIQ+ community. This exhibition will be open from 16 October to 1 November from 9.00am to 4.30pm weekdays and 10.00am to 2.00pm weekends and public holidays.

Cost: FREE

A Tank 4, Tanks Art Centre, 46 Collins Ave, Edge Hill

P 0488 035 722


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Tropical Steampunk Upcycled – By Create More

In June and August, the public were invited to attend the 2020 Tropical Steampunk Upcycled workshops to create artworks using reclaimed materials. Three of Cairns favourite artists led the workshops for anyone aged seven to seventy-five, and many pieces were created. Now you can see some of these fantastic works for yourself in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, from Thursday 1 October until Sunday 1 November, 8.30am to 4.00pm weekdays and 9.30am to 2.00pm weekends.

A Botanic Gardens, 46 Collins Ave, Edge Hill



Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Learn about the beautiful and unique birds you can find in your own area, or very own backyard, with this event as part of National Bird Week from 19 – 25 October. The special week is brought to you by BirdLife Australia, the largest bird conservation organisation. Participants won’t just be learning, but also helping to contribute to national research by tracking species trends and locations across the country. Get out into the nature for a great purpose!

A National

P 1300 730 075



Mental Health Week

It’s Queensland Mental Health week from 10 – 18 October, and there are a number of ways to participate, to help break the stigma of mental health and start the conversation. Find events and resources at

There are Mental Health First Aid Courses running from 12 to 22 October. These will teach participants (18+) how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Register online now to get a spot!

Cost: Varies


Smokey Blue Rally with Moyamoya Australia

Moyamoya Australia will be having The Smokey Blue Rally event on the 3 – 5 October. It will celebrate Jed’s 17th Birthday, a young boy with Moyamoya disease, and raise funds and awareness for the disease. Vehicles will travel throughout Tablelands towns in search of treasure (tokens). Collect the tokens along the way and you could win some prizes! Undara will be the last stop, where you can spend the evening enjoying live music and then relax on Sunday.

A Atherton Tablelands

P Nicola Baker 0417 929 382

P Wayne Missingham

0421 734 405.



Baby Music Makers

This free musical Playgroup for kids will have you and your little one jamming out together this October. Sing along with other families with your favourite instrument and/ or stuffed animal. Up to 20 families will be allowed in the Buzz Music store, otherwise you can catch the livestream of the group on Facebook and sing along from home!

Takes place every Saturday from 9.30am – 10.00am. Bring your favourite blanket and/or pillow to relax on. Please limit to one parent per child (or multiple children).

A Buzz Music, 467 Mulgrave Rd

P 4031 7078

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Oktoberfest 2020

Celebrate German culture over three Saturdays at the German Club Cairns with food, beers, live bands, pretzels, and more! The whole family can enjoy the dancing competitions and family activities every afternoon. Book your tickets at Eventbrite.

Opening Weekend, Saturday 3 October, 2.00pm – 11.50pm.

Oktoberfest: Let’s Get Serious, Saturday 10 October, 2.00pm – 11.00pm.

Oktoberfest: The Finale, Saturday 17 October, 2.00pm – 11.00pm

Cost: From $10.00. FREE kids program from 2.30pm – 4.00pm each Saturday.

A 57 Winkworth St, Cairns

P 4051 3925


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Tablelands Folk Festival

This ‘Totally Queensland’ event will feature some of the best singers, songwriters, musicians, bands and poets that our state has to offer. This includes concerts, workshops, Poet’s Breakfast and a Song Writer Competition over October 23 – 25. Hand sanitiser will be provided at every venue and social distancing will be in place, but you can still have a good time at the Tablelands Folk Festival in 2020.

Cost: Youth tickets $55.00, adult tickets $110.00, family tickets $280.00.

$30.00 camping pp or $70.00 family camping.

A Yungaburra, Tablelands

P 0409 754 821


Cairns Art Gallery Classes

The Gallery have art classes available for kids of different ages and abilities throughout Term 3, so make sure to check out the options online. There will also be the ‘Creative Toddlers’ sessions for 3 – 5 year old children and their carer, where you can introduce them to art in a creative and fun way.

Different prices apply, pleased visit the website.

A Cnr Abbott and Shields St

P 4046 4800



Aussie two-time ARIA Award winner, APRA Award winner and multi-platinum album selling artist, Washington, will be performing a solo show on Saturday 24 October from 6.00pm at Munro Martin Parklands. Celebrate her live music and talent with a good night out, whether with a friend or the whole family!

Cost: From $45.50

A 123 Sheridan St, Cairns City

P 1300 855 835


Regular Markets 

Rusty’s Markets

Date: Every Friday and Saturday

Time: 5.00am – 6.00pm

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 5.00am – 3.00pm

Location: 57 – 89 Grafton St, City


Palm Cove Markets

Date: 1st Sunday of the month April to December

Time: 8.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Williams Esplanade


Malanda Marketst

Date: 3rd Saturday of the month

Time: From 7.00am – 12.30pm

Location: Malanda Showgrounds


Mossman Community Markets

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 7.00am – 1.00pm

Location: 3 – 5 Foxton Ave, Mossman


Holloways Beach Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: From 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Holloways Beachfront


Mount Sheridan Plaza Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month, excluding Aug and Nov.

Time: From 9.00am – 3.00pm

Location: Mount Sheridan Plaza


Ravenshoe Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Archers Creek Rest Area, Kennedy Highway


Atherton Lions Club Indoor Markets

Date: Every 2nd Sunday of the Month

Time: From 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Merriland Hall (Robert St)


Tanks Art Centre Markets

Date: Last Sunday of the month (Apr to Nov excluding Aug)

Time: From 9.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Tanks Art Centre, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill


Yungaburra Markets

Date: 4th Saturday of the month (3rd Sunday in Dec)

Time: From 7.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Bruce Jones Park


Gordonvale Cottage Markets

Date: 1st Saturday of the month

Time: 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Norman Park, Gordonvale


Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets

Date: Open every day excluding Tuesday and Wednesday

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm

Location: 13 Therwine St


Kuranda Heritage Markets

Date: Open Thursday to Sunday

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Location: 2 Rob Veivers Dr


Tolga Markets

Date: 1st Sunday of the month

Time: 7.30am – 12 noon

Location: Morrow Park Racecourse


Herberton Markets

Date: 3rd Sunday of the month

Time: From 7.30am – 12 noon

Location: Wondecla Showgrounds


Night Markets

Date: Partially opened from 10th July

Time: 4.30pm – 10.30pm

Location: 71 – 75 The Esplanade


Port Douglas Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: From 8.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Market Park


Mount Sheridan Plaza Community Markets

Date: September 13

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Mt Sheridan Plaza, 106 Barnard Drive Mt Sheridan


Find more things to do HERE. 







School Holiday Guide Cairns – October 2020

Below is our guide to activities and fun for the kids these October school holidays in Cairns. There are so many things to do and places to go, the kids will never get bored! 

Edu-Kingdom College Cairns

Edu-Kingdom specialise in tutoring services for students from Year 1 to 12 for any topic, from calculus to power writing. The professional tutors have years of experience as well as a range of teaching styles, ensuring your child will leave prepared for school and a life of learning. Visit the website for all of the information you need regarding courses, assessments and more.

A 343 Sheridan St, Cairns North

P 0439 897 776


FNQ Dance Academy

Classes are available for ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, and singing! Suitable from two years of age to adults. They have great classes for beginners, including Playdance for 2 – 3 year olds, Babies Ballet for 3 – 4 year olds, and a junior class for budding male dancers.

Cost: From $11.50 (30 min class). Family discounts are available: 50% off third child, 4th child free.

A 168 Draper St, Cairns City

P 4051 4888



Inflatable Kingdom

Experience two and a half hours of action-packed fun on TEN massive jumping castles, inflatable obstacle courses, and games. Use the sports court and ball pit to get out all your child’s energy for the day – they’ll have the absolute best time!

Cost: $10.00 for children aged five and under and $17.00 for children six and over. Online bookings will save 10% OFF entry price. Don’t forget your socks!

A 164 Mayers St, Manunda

P 4032 2844 Inflatable Kingdom


Hartley’s Crocodiles Adventures

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures offers great family fun activities for everyone to enjoy. They are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm daily, with presentations starting from as early as 9.00am. The ‘Slither and Slides’ Adventure playground is now open.

Cost: $41.00 Adults, $20.50 Children, $102.50 Family (2A + 2C)

A Hartleys Crocodile Adventures – Captain Cook Hwy, Wangetti

P 4055 3576



Cazalys Kids Club

Cazalys FREE Kids Club is Open! The room is unsupervised but a great escape to enjoy a coffee or a meal while watching the kids enjoy what’s on offer. The room is decked out with PlayStation and Nintendo stations for the older kids and with large tv screens and a playground which will keep the little ones busy for hours.

A 344 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt Cairns

P 4054 1464



DFO Cairns

Lasertag Tournament

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October, 4pm daily

*Bookings required, keep an eye on the DFO Facebook page for the link.

Frozen Wonderland Ice Skating

Open 7 days, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm daily

*No bookings required. BYO long socks. Visit for pricing & session times.

A 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt

P 4051 7444


The Young Company

Your young performer will discover their electrifying creative abilities through the four-day, fun and explorative school holiday programs. They will leave with new confidence, problem solving skills, improved acting skills and knowledge on the essentials of stage performance. Teachers are enthusiastic and passionate.

You can view the timetable for 2020 online and email them for any questions.

A 169 Bunda St, Cairns City

P 4041 4066



Little Pearls Swim School

Little Pearls Swim School has passionate and caring instructors ready to guide your baby and child through their swimming journey. Offering uniquely small class sizes, an award-winning program and a gentle filtration system perfect for sensitive skin. The swimming program is developed around child development principles and gentle techniques.

Contact the Little Pearls Swim School team for information on pricing.

A 1 Cumberland Ave, Smithfield

P 4038 1241



Jackley’s Bakehouse

Your one-stop-shop for all things sweet. With delicious custom-made birthday cakes, cupcakes and more, what’s not to love?

Keep an eye on Jackley’s Bakehouse’s Facebook page and website to discover what they’ve got happening for kids these school holidays (but pop in whenever you want a sweet treat of course!).

A Shop 57, Mount Sheridan Plaza, 106 Barnard Dr

P 4036 0694


Cairns Indoor Sports

Head on down to Cairns Indoor Sports for a game of cricket, netball, soccer, beach volleyball or dodgeball. It’s the perfect way to revisit an old sport you loved or get into a new one, get exercise and have fun. Bring your friends along and form a team, or make new friends along the way. Game on!

A 164 Mayers St, Manunda

P 4032 2844


Cairns Libraries

Check out Baby Rhyme Time, a recurring event, for song singing, action rhymes, the opportunity to explore books and nurture your baby’s language, literacy, social skills and more.

Storytime is another recurring event for pre-school aged children to encourage a love for books and help develop their early social and literacy skills. The sessions usually have themes and can involve movement and rhymes along with the stories.

Visit the website for times, locations and more.

Smithfield, City, Earlville, Stratford, Manunda,


Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park

These school holidays, Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park will be abuzz with all the excitement of Spring. We’ll have Crazy Bron return for Saturday morning face painting for guests, as well as live music by the camp fire on Saturday evenings. Come Stay & Play for some good old-fashioned holiday fun.

Cost: FREE (for guests) from $95.00 / night accommodation

A 4-28 Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, Tinaroo

P 4095 8232



Mt Sheridan Plaza

Build a Bear Workshops, 29 September – 3 October – A FURbulous experience at Mt Sheridan Plaza where you can bring to life your very own Lil Cub by participating in a fun heart ceremony! Clothes and accessories will also be available and sold separately. Once you’ve customised the look of your new teddy bear, you can bring it to life with scents, make a wish and add a heart – a Build-A-Bear Workshop trademark.

Cost: $7.00 (clothing and accessories sold separately from $5.00 – $25.00). Sessions run for one hour, every 30 minutes from 9.00am – 3.00pm. Places are limited so book online now!

A 106 Barnard Dr, Mt Sheridan

P 4036 3150 Mt Sheridan Plaza


The Pamagirri Mini Mob

The Pamagirri Mini Mob is on at Rainforestation Nature Park at 10.30am and 12.30pm daily. Learn the secrets of didgeridoo playing with your guide, then paint your own PVC didgeridoo to take home. Experience a rainforest walkabout with your Pamagirri Guide learning about local food plants, tools and weapons. Learn how to throw a boomerang & enjoy the Pamagirri Dance Show.

Cost: $45.00 per child (must be accompanied by adults). Accompanying adults free. Please call to make a booking.


Rainforestation’s Family Photography Workshops

Parents and children can join a professional photographer to learn how to take better photos on their digital camera, then photograph animals in the Koala & Wildlife Park. Cameras are available for hire at $10.00 per camera. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on October 1, 6, 8.

This family event is a great opportunity to learn new skills, have fun, and is perfect for beginners and budding photographers alike!

Cost: $50.00 per adult/child. Minimum 8 years old.

A 1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda

P 4085 5008


Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Be surrounded by 1500 colourful butterflies in the magical Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda Village. Enjoy a guided tour, see butterflies in all life stages in the laboratory and explore the fairy garden! Open daily from 10.00am-3.00pm.

Cost: Adults $20.00, Children $10.00, Family $50.00. Suitable for all ages.

A 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda

P 4093 7575


Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome’s Keepers In Training Program

This program allows children aged 3-13 to step into the shoes of a Wildlife Keeper. Takes place every Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am – 10.00 am for 3 -7 year olds (with 1 adult companion) and 11.00am – 1.00pm for 8-13 year olds.

Cost: ONLY $40.00! Includes photo with an animal. Call to book.

A The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf St, Cairns City

P 4031 7250


Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading wildlife experience providing visitors with the opportunity to observe and interact with a huge range of Wet Tropics Wildlife up close. A leader in eco-tourism with 5 distinct habitats including the revamped rainforest habitat with the all new Licuala Tower and Birdseye bridge opening from late September 2020. Locals enjoy 20% discount all year round!

A Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas

P 4099 3235


Live, Interactive Workshops Online at Stockland 

Coding – Thursday 1 October and Saturday 3 October, at 10.00am and 1.00pm (all 40 mins in length). Suitable for ages 9 – 12. Students learn how games and computer programs work and can learn how to code their own games.

Animation – Friday 2 October at 10.00am, suitable for ages 5 – 8. Workshop suitable for ages 9 – 12 at 1.00pm (both 40 mins in length). Students will learn what animation is along with how famous cartoons are animated. They can then imagine and create their own cartoon animation on paper.

A 537 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville

P 4054 3066


Cairns Aquarium

The adventure begins at Cairns Aquarium. The only aquarium in the world exclusively dedicated to the habitats and species of Tropical North Queensland. It’s a great way to keep the kids learning these school holidays in the most fun way possible. The best part? Locals receive a 20 per cent discount year-round on general admission prices!

There are tickets available for adults, children, families (2A + 2C) and even an annual pass for 12 months admission.

A 5 Florence St, Cairns City

P 4044 7300


Paradise Palms

Treat the family to 18 holes of fun for all ages on their mini golf course, or let the kids run free on the amazing 2-acre adventure playground, complete with slippery slide, climbing frame and the hugely-popular 21-metre bouncing pillow!

A Paradise Palms Dr, Kewarra Beach

P 4059 9922



King Reef Resort

If you’re looking to revitalise in paradise, gather the family and head to the gorgeous King Reef Resort at Kurrimine Beach. Explore all day, swim in the tranquil ocean or pool, build sandcastles on the beach and return to relax with a gorgeous sunset view from your beachfront shack. You can also hire a family pedal bike, go fishing, and more – the possibilities are endless.

A 75 Jacobs Rd, Kurrimine Beach

P 4065 6144



Nukzu Muay Thai

This small family-run gym teaches a variety of classes for ages 6 years and up, at any fitness level. Classes include, Muay Thai based fitness, circuit based HIIT, yoga, and much more. They aim to make you fit, fast, and can help fighters improve their techniques or learn more about the art of Muay Thai itself. It’s always a good time to start going to this gym!

A Shed 4, 39 Cannon St, Manunda

P 0415 331 262 Laura

P 0449 026 280 Boy



Lake Eacham Tourist Park

The park is complete with family cabins and camping sites (powered), kitchen and BBQ, and an open campfire to roast marshmallows with the kids while camping. It’s surrounded by beautiful rainforest and the perfect place for a relaxing family getaway as you can go to the lake less than 10 minutes away.

Cost: From $24.00 for two people (unpowered site).

A 198 Lakes Dr, Lake Eacham

P 4095 3730


Shangri-La Hotel – The Backyard

Bring the family for a delicious lunch available from Fridays to Sundays, 11.00am – 2.30pm, or a weekend dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 5.30pm. A La Carte Café Style Breakfast is also available daily from 6.00am – 10.30am. Shangri-La loves locals too! Join the #Grasscutters locals’ membership to receive some great exclusive specials, including $10.00 OFF the normal Breakfast Buffet price!

A Pier Point Rd, Cairns City

P 4052 7670


Bad Fishy Jet Boating

Bad Fishy is back in action and ready to THRILL! With spins, slides, speed and stunts, this activity is extreme, loads of fun, and perfect for the family. Locals can receive 20% off adult and child tickets.

Cost: From $38.00 per child – locals rates.

A Berth A1, The Marlin Marina Cairns

P 0499 490 030


Cairns Boat Hire

Cairns Boat Hire offer awesome days out on their self-drive tinny and pontoon boats, letting you explore the stunning Cairns Trinity Inlet. Perfect for fishing, relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors!

Cost: From $100.00 for two hour tinny hire.

A Berth A1, The Marlin Marina Cairns

P 4051 4139




Get your adrenaline pumping in Cairns ultimate indoor laser tag arena. Sessions will be running 4 times a day during the school holidays: 10.00am – 1.30pm, 12.00pm – 1.30pm, 2.00pm – 3.30pm, 4.00pm – 5.30pm. Covid-safe plan in place for minimum contact, maximum fun!

Cost: $25.00/player. Book online.

A T1, DFO Shopping Centre, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt

P 4031 9865



Cairns Museum

Museum Super Sleuth Challenge – Put your thinking hat on and get ready to solve riddle clues and secret code pieces hidden within the Museum. Will you be able to unlock the secret message? Find out these school holidays, whether testing your own skills or trying the challenge out as a family!

Museum Photography Scavenger Hunt – Snap creative pictures throughout the museum while following scavenger hunt clues. Ask an adult to upload your favourite pics onto Facebook or Instagram and tag the museum with #cairnsmuseumphotochallenge. Your images could be featured on their social media pages!

Cost: Free with entry. Both run Monday to Saturday until October 3.

A Cnr Lake and Shield St

P 4051 5582



Find more things to do HERE. 





A Professional’s Top 5 Tips for Photography

Love photography?  Love a professional’s tips to help you ‘get the perfect shot?’ Elyse Fitzpatrick has over 10 years’ experience as a professional photographer. Here she shares a few simple tips that can help you improve the final product and capture the ‘moment’.

The Golden Hour: This is the hour just after sunrise and before sunset. Lighting is essential when taking good photos. Not only does this time add a natural warm tint but it takes away any harsh shadows or sunlight that you get during a nice sunny day.

Watch your framing: Photographers like to work with what we call a rule of thirds. If you are taking a picture of a nice flower, try setting it to the side of the image instead of right in the middle. Don’t forget to always take a moment to look around the photo you are framing. Plus, be sure to not cut off important things like a person’s feet or a petal on a flower.

Check your surroundings: Check your background to ensure you don’t photograph something you don’t want, like a garbage bin or a well-placed branch on a tree that appears to be coming out of someone’s ear.

Don’t be afraid to be different: There are a lot of rules when it comes to photography. Some of the best photos taken are because they tried a different angle resulting in a change of light and perspective.

Be Patient! Patience is the key to a great photo. While we can get lucky and have a butterfly land perfectly on a flower when we are all set up- it is more likely that you will have to sit and wait quietly for your chance at that perfect shot.

And the most important of all…  Always have your batteries charged!

Want to learn more? Elyse is going to be running FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS at RAINFORESTATION NATURE PARK these school holidays. Book today for a ‘wild’ photographic experience.