CAIRNS, COOKTOWN AND PORT DOUGLAS, QUEENSLAND Workshop

VIVI PALEGEORGE AND CRAIG PENNY - CAIRNS, COOKTOWN AND PORT DOUGLAS, QUEENSLAND
MONDAY 3 AUGUST – FRIDAY 14 AUGUST 2020

DAY 1: Monday 3 August, 2020 Cairns, Queensland
Tour members will be met at Cairns airport at 1.00pm and be taken on a city tour of Cairns. This will include a visit to the lush Flecker Botanical Gardens, renowned for having one of the best exhibitions in Australia of tropical plants. We will be able to meander through the butterfly lined pathways under the green canopy, and see the various plant and wildlife. We check into our hotel late afternoon and then meet for welcome drinks and an included dinner.

DAY 2: Tuesday 4 August, 2020 Cairns, Queensland
Our first day of painting in beautiful Cairns. Craig and Vivi will begin the painting program with a demonstration and individual teaching in the town of Cairns.

DAY 3: Wednesday 5 August, 2020 Cairns, Queensland
Today we travel on the Skyrail, to Kuranda. We will travel by Gondola over and through the rainforest canopy with views and sights that are truly amazing. The Skyrail journey includes two stops, Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station. Kuranda is a little picturesque hidden village in the rainforest, it is famous for its engaging arts & crafts and indigenous artefacts. There will be time for lunch, to explore and paint in Kuranda. Craig and Vivi will choose some wonderful subjects for you to paint in Kuranda.

DAY 4: Thursday 6 August, 2020 Cairns, Queensland
Palm Cove is a unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees line the casual esplanade. The beach is within a very long cove that stretches all the way to Kewarra Beach. Craig and Vivi will spend the day painting with you and helping you capture the charm of Palm Cove.

DAY 5: Friday 7 August, 2020 Cairns, Queensland
A full day of painting and exploring Cairns with Craig and Vivi. They will start the day by painting a demonstration followed by individual tuition.

DAY 6: Saturday 8 August, 2020 Cooktown, Queensland
Today we travel to Cooktown that has over two centuries of rich history. Cooktown was the site of the first white ‘settlement’ in Australia when Captain James Cook, having accidentally struck the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast north of Cape Tribulation, struggled up the coast and beached the Endeavour on the shores of the Endeavour River. Cooktown is famous for its pristine beaches; there are also tropical lagoons, waterfalls, hidden gardens and magical mountain views.

DAY 7: Sunday 9 August, 2020 Cooktown, Queensland
A full day of painting and exploring spectacular Cooktown with Craig and Vivi.

DAY 8: Monday 10 August, 2020 Port Douglas, Queensland
Today we travel to Mossman Gorge, where we will walk into the lush rainforest. We then travel the short distance to our hotel in Port Douglas, which has a distinctive laid-back atmosphere and a low-rise tropical old world charm. The world famous 4 Mile Beach is right at your door step and is a great place to see the sunrise. Twelve days of spectacular painting in Far North Queensland. Explore and paint the lush Wet Tropics, visit the ancient Daintree Rainforest and discover the remote, unspoilt beauty of Cape York Peninsula. The workshop starts in Cairns, the heart of Tropical North Queensland, a vibrant city that blends a laid-back tropical sensibility with a buzzing multicultural lifestyle. We then travel to the frontier town of Cooktown followed by the beauty of Port Douglas.

DAY 9: Tuesday 11 August, 2020 Port Douglas, Queensland
Today we explore the charms of the Sunday markets at Port Douglas. The markets are located in a grassy park, right on the waterfront overlooking the beautiful Coral Sea. Vendors come from all over the Far North to sell their products. An array of arts, innovative crafts, clothing and exotic fruits, the Port Douglas Markets are much brighter than your regular marketplace. It is the perfect place to spend a Sunday painting.

DAY 10: Wednesday 12 August, 2020 Port Douglas, Queensland
Today we travel to the Daintree rainforest. Estimated to be around 125 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest tropical lowland forest in the world. There are over 3000 species of plants found in the Daintree Rainforest, with a small percentage being rare or endangered. It is also home to over 40% of all Australian bird species. Today we will enjoy a crocodile boat ride along the Daintree River followed by a painting session.

DAY 11: Thursday 13 August, 2020 Port Douglas, Queensland
Today our painting subject will be the Sugar Wharf. Built in 1904 by the Douglas Shire Council, the historic, heritage listed building was once used for the mooring of ships and loading of sugar (Hence the name). Today, its beautiful white washed walls and views stretching over the Coral Sea and Daintree Mountains make it a wonderful painting subject. A final critique session will be held in the afternoon with farewell drinks, followed by our included farewell dinner.

DAY 12: Friday 14 August, 2020 Departure
Tour members will be transferred to Cairns domestic airport to meet flights departing after 12.00pm midday.