Woodfordia’s Bushtime Holiday
Quenches Campers Thirst for the Arts
A new summer camping destination for some and an adaptation of a longstanding tradition for others, Woodfordia’s Bushtime is all set to welcome music lovers, nature enthusiasts, craft connoisseurs and anyone in need of a leafy escape this summer.
Opening up the 500-acre site for the second time this year, organisers have put together four separate camps for patrons to choose from. Those who usually attend Woodford Folk Festival will be pleased to find that one of the camps will be held on the same dates as the iconic festival, so in some way, their New Year’s tradition may live on.
Camp 1 Camp 3
Sat 12th – Tues 15th Dec (4 nights) Sun 27th Dec – Fri 1st Jan (6 nights)
Camp 2 Camp 4
Fri 18th – Sun 20th Dec (3 nights) Sat 9th – Wed 13th Jan (5 nights)
Nestled in a green valley in the Moreton Bay Hinterland, the expansive parkland is home to bountiful wildlife and plenty of secluded spots to set up the ideal campsite, whether you’re toting a tent, caravan, motorhome or camper trailer. A number of pre-erected campsites are also available, including luxury bell tents complete with bedding, furnishings and lighting. All campgrounds include amenity blocks with flushing toilets, warm showers and hand washing stations and all water on site is potable.
After a day spent wandering the 500 acres, patrons may be more tempted by the cool waters of Lake Gkula than they are a warm shower. The lake is the largest of its kind in Australia and features waterfalls, native fish, an island and sandy beaches. Pack a snorkel and explore the abundant fish and plant life, or set up in the shade and disappear into a good book.
An array of musicians is set to hit the stage, relieving patrons and performers alike of a year light on gigs. A total of 100 artists will play across the four camps. Among the stellar collection of musicians is ARIA-nominated, Emily Wurramara; Japanese drumming team, Taiko Ton Taiko; award-winning singer-songwriter, Kate Miller-Heidke; Brisbane gypsy-jazz ensemble, Cigány Weaver; Sunny Coast indie-folk duo, The Dreggs; award-winning cellist, Monique Clare; and Balkan-French folkies, MZAZA.
A generous selection of self-led activities and workshops has been put together and there’s something to suit campers of all ages and predilections, including circus classes, writing workshops, painting and drawing, instrument intensives, yoga, woodworking and dance. Parents are encouraged to drop the kids at a 3-hour workshop and enjoy some well-earned me-time. Those keen on nurturing nature can join in a series of Discovery Labs, citizen science projects and talks from passionate environmental experts.
A café, licenced bars, a few food stalls and a fully stocked General Store will take the stress out of forgotten supplies and ensure campers a day or two break from cooking. Pre-made cheese platters are the ideal accompaniment for sunset on Woodfordia’s Hilltop, which boasts knockout views of the Glass House Mountains. So whether you’re craving space to explore, music to dance to, a new hobby to hone or an easy getaway for the whole family, Bushtime may just be the holiday your 2020 needs.
To view the full programme head to: woodfordia.org/bushtime/programme
Grab your tickets here: woodfordia.org/bushtime/tickets
The numbers for Bushtime will be capped and all inside the limitations imposed by a comprehensive COVID-19 plan. If an outbreak threatens Queensland, the events will be cancelled and all tickets and workshop purchases will be refunded in full. Furthermore, if people are unable to attend the event due to illness or COVID testing, their tickets/workshops will also be refunded in full.
Bushtime is supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
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