John Lovett AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK DARWIN TO KUNUNURRA Workshop

John Lovett AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK DARWIN TO KUNUNURRA Watercolour Workshop
SUNDAY 26 MAY – FRIDAY 7 JUNE, 2019

Day 1: Sunday 26 May, 2019 Darwin
Workshop members will be met at Darwin airport at midday and transferred by private coach to our first class hotel located on the esplanade overlooking the Timor Sea. Darwin is a modern city with every amenity. It has a young, transient population and enjoys an easy-going atmosphere. On arrival the group will enjoy a short sightseeing tour of Darwin before we get together for an included welcome drinks and dinner.

Day 2: Monday 27 May, 2019 Litchfield National Park
Today we travel to Batchelor the town closest to Litchfield National Park. Litchfield National Park is home to several stunning waterfalls that cascade into crystal clear pools, iconic magnetic termite mounds and clusters of weathered sandstone pillars at the Lost City. John will commence his first painting session. Tonight we will enjoy an included dinner.

Day 3: Tuesday 28 May, 2019 Litchfield National Park
Today we travel the short distance to Litchfield National Park for a full day of painting. This evening we will enjoy an included dinner

Day 4: Wednesday 29 May, 2019 Kakadu National Park
Today we will cross the Marakai Plains to Kakadu National Park. Kakadu National Park is one of the natural marvels of Australia. It encompasses a variety of superb landscapes, swarms with wildlife and has some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art. In the afternoon John will find a great painting location close to the hotel and show you how to tackle it. Dinner will be included each evening during our stay in Kakadu

Day 5: Thursday 30 May, 2019 Kakadu National Park
Today we travel to Nourlangie Rock to view Aboriginal art followed by a visit to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre for an insight into the cultural and historical significance of the park for its traditional owners. This evening we will then enjoy a sunset cruise on Kakadu’s Yellow Water billabong giving us a unique opportunity to experience this diverse and sublimely beautiful area and it’s associated wildlife.

Day 6: Friday 31 May, 2019 Kakadu National Park
Today is our last day of painting in Kakadu. John will paint a demonstration and then provide each workshop member with individual attention throughout the day.

Day 7: Saturday 1 June, 2019 Katherine
Today we will leave Kakadu to travel to Katherine. Katherine is where the outback meets the tropics and a region full of gorges and misty waterfalls, thermal springs and ancient cultures. In the afternoon John will paint a demonstration and then provide each workshop member individual attention.

Day 8: Sunday 2 June, 2019 Katherine
After breakfast we will have a sightseeing tour of the spectacular Katherine Gorge. The group will travel by boat along a part of the gorge. There will be some spectacular views to photograph and you will have time for sketching and painting.

Day 9: Monday 3 June, 2019 Kununurra
Today we will cross the border into Western Australia and travel to Kununurra, the Kimberley’s eastern gateway. Kununurra is a lively and pleasant modern town that is the centre of the ambitious Ord River irrigation scheme.

Day 10: Tuesday 4 June, 2019 Kununurra
This morning we will travel to Lake Argyle and paint the Historic Durack Homestead. The magnificent homestead was originally built in 1895 by the Durack family on Argyle Downs Station. In the afternoon you will have an optional scenic flight to Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park. Departing Kununurra the flight heads south over Lake Kununurra and the upper Ord River and onto Lake Argyle, flying over vast cattle stations and the Osmond Ranges. We arrive at the Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungle Ranges where we fly a circular pattern to reveal the spectacular beehives and deep gorges of this unique landform. The majestic “bee hive” dome structures are the most famous image from the area, and you’ll get a fantastic view from our high winged aircraft. You’ll also get to see right into Deep Gorge and the famous Piccaninny Gorge as we fly overhead. Leaving the Bungles we track north towards the Argyle Diamond Mine, now famous for its rare pink and champagne coloured diamonds. Next we follow the shoreline of Lake Argyle and the rugged peaks of the Carr Boyd Ranges back to Kununurra.

Day 11: Wednesday 5 June, 2019 Kununurra
Today we travel along the Victoria Highway to El Questro Station, located on one million acres of Kimberley wilderness. El Questro is a working cattle station with a herd of approximately 5,000 head of crossbred Brahman and Shorthorn cattle. We will enjoy a Chamberlain Gorge cruise and a painting session.

Day 12: Thursday 6 June, 2019 Kununurra
After breakfast John will demonstrate at the nearby National Park and then help individuals with their work. Tonight we will enjoy an included farewell dinner to celebrate our time in the Northern Territory.

Day 13: Friday 7 June, 2019 Departure
After breakfast workshop members will be transferred to Kununurra airport to join flights to their home cities.