By-pass the big centres and bring your mob out to Dashville on Saturday 12th December, for the inaugural Family Portrait Day and Dashville Christmas Party, entry’s free.

Let us help take the stress out of the obligatory Christmas family portrait by creating the perfect option for a group catch up, with an afternoon of live music and picnic vibes aplenty.

We'll have a selection of market stalls for shoppers. Santa will be there, along with plenty of space and and activities for kids.

The Bird Bath bar will be open, accompanied by our speciality occupation of live music, rolling into the evening.

Pre-order a picnic hamper upon registration, or The Swoop Inn Café will be running a pizza menu.

Of course there will be no issue with finding a park. You won't have to walk very far, there will be no line ups, entry is free and you can let the kids run about and we serve beer, so...

Dashville’s your new spot for a family Christmas photo!

For those keen to make a weekend of it, there is the option to grab a camping pass for the night.

For those interested in family portraits, once you know what your plans are, we ask people to register a time slot, photo packages start from $15.

All sounds like bliss in comparison to hitting the multi-story concrete jungle, well in our opinion...

Apply below to if you're interested in a market stall space (hand-made artisan style, no food stall opportunities for this event).

Scroll down for FAQs. Feel free to hit us via email for any additional questions.

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Package 1.  $15 = 1 x digital file*

Package 2.  $25 = 1 x A4 print

Package 3.  $65 = 3 x A4 print

Package 4.  $45 = 1 x A4 print & 2 x A5 print

Package 5. $45 = 4 x A5 print

All print packages include a high res digital file along with your prints.


A5 (148 x 210mm)
A4 (210 x 297mm)

*Digital file - 72dpi, suitable for web, socials etc.

Photos will be printed and ready to pick up by Friday 18th Dec
Alternatively, you can have your photos mailed to you for an additional $10.
Digital files will be emailed to you by Friday 18th Dec...maybe earlier if we pump the elves full of coffee!


All images are printed by award winning landscape photographer and fine art printer Shannon Hartigan at his Newcastle gallery. Paper used is a professional quality Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl. It has a classic pearl surface with considerable sparkle that has beautiful photographic results and is the most popular inkjet paper in the world! Check out his work at


Photos are taken by photographer Kate Atkinson who was the recipient of the coveted People's Choice Award in The National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2019.  You can check out her work at

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Pre-order your picnic hamper from a selection of delicious options below... Or order and pay on the day!

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How much is our family portrait and what do we receive?
There's a few different options to select from, the base rate is $15 for a digital image. All the options are listed on the ticketing page here . You have the option to pick them up from Pixel Pro in Newcastle, Hunter St Mall from the 18th December, or you can have them delivered in the post around the same time ready for Christmas.

Is this a COVIDSafe event?
Yes, of course. Dashville is a COVID Safe venue and we've held many events since COVID came into our lives. With so much room for activities we can socially distance really well on Dashville’s bushland property and we'll have all appropriate restrictions and sanitisation in place.

Can we BYO picnic?
Yes, you can. There will be food available at Swoop Inn if you’d like to purchase picnic style food and dinner on the day. No BYO alcohol and no glass.

Can we bring our dog?
Sure can! Please keep them on a leash at all times and supervised. If your dog isn’t well behaved, we’d appreciate it if you left them at home.

Can we camp?
Yep. Book your camp site through the above ticket button.

Will Santa be stopping by?
He’s pretty busy, but we’re hopeful he’ll stop in! We have a beautiful Dashy Christmas set ready to go either way.

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Please contact the Dashville office for any event related enquiries