Welcome to the Inaugural 'Whitsundays Creative Arts Festival' 29th June to the 7th July.
Koala Conventions have facilitated 17 years of annual embroidery and textile events in Brisbane and now looking to combine the Creative Inspiration at these events with a stunning location have moved it to the beautiful location of the Whitsundays. To spend a week embroidering and visiting the stunning islands in the Great Barrier Reef will do wonders for the soul. What's more. the Whitsundays weather during this time of year is just beautiful which makes it perfect to take a break from the 'Winter Blues' you may be experiencing in other locations. Whether you are travelling with friends, partners or alone you will be made welcome and will be well looked after at this event. Our oldest student, the lovely Telka, is 98 and she flies in from Alice Springs every year on her own!
We are offering over 55 x 2 day workshops in the following disciplines:
- Hand Embroidery: Stumpwork, Goldwork, Traditional Japanese & Chinese Embroidery, Dimensional Embroidery, Heirloom Embroidery
- Bead Embroidery
- Free Motion Machine Embroidery
- Dimensional and Wearable Arts Felting
- Fibre works
- Silk Painting
- Mixed Media Quilting
- Fabric Collage
Whether you are a complete beginner or would like to learn these wonderful skills or consider yourself an Artisan already you are welcome to join us.
You can book in for between one and three workshops and as few or as many of the extra activities we have on offer to ensure that you will take away those perfect memories.
The 'Whitsundays Creative Arts Festival', will feature the following:
- 55 2 day workshops
- An amazing emporium of embroidery and textile supplies in the 'Event Shop' which will be open for 6 days.
- The 2018 Gallery of works
- Handmade Market Day
- High Tea
- Professional Fashion Show of Wearable Arts -featuring local designers, school students wearable arts submissions and entertainment from the 'Baby Boomers'
- Margaret Lees Exhibition of Japanese & Chinese embroidery, previously on view in the Art Gallery of South Australia and Paris
- Textile and Embroidery Exhibitions
- Great Barrier Reef tours
- Partners program of tours
- School Holiday program where children can learn the art of embroidery and felting
- Wearable Arts competition for school students
Tutors will be flown in from Australia, South Africa, England and Austria to ensure that students experience the very best.
- Margaret Lee - Traditional Chinese & Japanese Embroiderer
- Catherine Howell - Hand Embroidery
- Susan Porter - Stumpwork
- Denise Bakes - Heirloom Embroidery
- Jennifer Bennett - Hand Embroidery
- Lee Castle - Goldwork, Beading, & Mixed Media
- Fee Baker - Hand Embroidery
- Gary Clarke - Hand Embroidery
- Hazel Blomkamp from South Africa - Crewel Embroidery & Needlelace
- Bella Lane from United Kingdom - Dimensional Embroidery
- Janine Heschl from Austria - Free Motion Embroidery
- Soosie Jobson - Dimensional Felting
- Pam de Groot - Dimensional Felting & Wearable Arts
- Kerry Alexander - Silk Painting
- Cathy Moon - Shibori
- Jennifer Horsford - Mixed Media Landscape Quilts
- Lynda Worthington - Fibre Arts & Free Motion Embroidery
- Dale Rollerson - Fibre Arts
Koala Conventions also offer monthly payment options to ensure that all Creative Arts enthusiasts can join us at our event. Up to 70% of our students do it this way, so book early to secure your place and spread the payments if this suits you.
The Team at the 'Whitsundays Creative Arts Festival' would like to thank the team at Cruise Whitsundays for all of the support that you have given us to ensure that our delegates will experience the Whitsundays at is very best. A big thank you also for the superb collection of images that you have permitted us to use.
Flights to Whitsunday Coast/Proserpine Airport
The Whitsunday Coast airport is located close to Proserpine and is currently serviced by three commercial airlines: Jetstar, Virgin and Tiger. Please check the website www.webjet.com.au for cost comparisons and service. Jetstar currently provides direct daily flights too and from Brisbane and direct flights from Melbourne 3 times a week. Virgin Australia provides two direct flights daily to and from Brisbane on weekdays and one on the weekend. Tiger Air provides direct flights from Sydney on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
We are providing Proserpine Airport Transfers for the 30 minutes journey too and from Airlie Beach at a cost of $60.00 return. If you book this option please email us and let us know your flight times when you have them and we will arrange the transfers.
It is possible to fly into the beautiful Hamilton Island or Mackay Airports however for Hamilton Island you would need to take a ferry to the mainland (approx $60.00) and as Mackay is approximately 150km away it would be suggested that you hire a car to get you to Airlie Beach.
Recommended Accommodation Options
We have previously stayed at all of the resorts listed below and all come with our recommendation. Most (except the Big 4 Resort) are within walking distance of the venue at Cannonvale State School. It is an easy walk along the boardwalk from Airlie Beach, take in the stunning views & scenery and possibly grab a coffee at number of restaurants and cafes along the way. There is also a good bus service that does the circuit every 20 minutes and there is plenty of car parking at the venue.
aT HOTEL GROUP
The 'at Hotel Group' manage 7 apartment complexes and resorts. In partnership with the 'Whitsundays Creative Arts Festival' the team are offering individual bookings with shared apartments to delegates who wish the convenience of an apartment but are travelling alone. The shared accommodation will be with other delegates travelling to the event. For more information on the apartments offered within this package please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and quote 'Koala Conventions'.
Beach Court Holiday Villas
These are the closest villas to the venue and only about a 5 minute walk. They have spacious 2 Bedroom Villas which consist of a double bed and 2 singles, large lounge, kitchen and dining room and laundry. The 3 bedroom apartments consist of 2 queen beds and 2 singles.The penthouse apartments consist of 2 Queen and 2 singles, the master bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom. Beach Court Villas are located about 5 minutes walk from Airlie Beach shopping centre.
This is part of the 'at Hotel Group'. You can book in as individuals by contacting email@example.com or contact direct if you wish to secure an entire apartment. Call on (07) 4946 5316 email firstname.lastname@example.org at book at http://www.athotelgroup.com.au/at-beach-court-holiday-villas.html
Coral Sea Resort Contact and Book at: http://www.coralsearesort.com/
SPECIAL OFFER: Inform the Coral Sea Resort you are attending our event for 30% discount off normal rates.
Located in Airlie Beach, Coral Sea Resort is by the ocean, minutes from Abell Point Marina, and close to Airlie Beach Lagoon. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Port of Airlie and Cannonvale Beach. This venue is located approximately 25 minutes walk along the boardwalk from the venue and is quite close to Airlie Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 77 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and coffee/tea makers.
Don't miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and bicycles to rent. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar, take in a pool view, and even dine alfresco (weather permitting). You can also stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Breakfast is available daily for a fee.
Big4 Adventure Whitsundays Resort
Winner of many awards and the location of Margaret Lee's workshops and the 'Silk Legacy' Exhibition. The workshops and gallery will be located in the lovely 'Palm House'. It is located a 14 minute bus ride from the main venue. The bus travels every 20 minutes.
Set on 10 hectares of gardens, this modern resort is 5 km from the Airlie Beach Lagoon and 6 km from the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
Bright studio cabins with private verandas offer kitchens, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and bunk beds. Upgraded cabins have flat-screen TVs, and cabins with 1 or 2 bedrooms add separate living spaces. There are also 3-bedroom condos with iPod docks, washers/dryers and private BBQs.Amenities include an outdoor lagoon-style pool with waterslides and poolside massages (fee), plus a tennis court, mini-golf and an adventure playground. There's also a kids' club and outdoor movies. Campsites and caravan sites are available.
Address: 25-29 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802 Phone:(07) 4948 5400
Shingley Beach Resort. www.shingleybeachresort.com/
10% Off Normal Rates for Event Attendees.
Located 12 minutes walk from the venue along the board walk and through the Botanical Gardens this venue is a great location.
A minute's walk from Shingley Beach, this upscale resort-style apartment hotel is also 1.1 km from Airlie Beach Lagoon, with tropical gardens and swimming.
Featuring coastal tones, the bright studio and 1, 2 & 3-bedroom units come with flat-screen TVs. They include kitchens or kitchenettes with mini fridges and microwaves, plus living areas. All have sea views; most have balconies.
Amenities include a cafe, 2 outdoor pools and a massage centre, plus BBQ areas and a terrace. Parking is free and an airport shuttle is available (fees may apply).
Address: 115 Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Phone:(07) 4948 8300