Head to North Stradbroke Island from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June for Lines in the Sand Festival these winter school holidays for a great dose of ephemeral art, performances, film, creative workshops and forums.
This is a family friendly festival with heaps of great happenings for people of all ages. And why not stay at Straddie for the weekend to enjoy everything this festival has to offer? You should check out Lines in the Sand Festival website for more detailed information and the full list of events. In the meantime, take a look at the festival highlights.
There will be plenty of opportunities to experience the best whale watching Queensland has to offer. Join one of the Whale Watching Guided Tours any day during the festival to discover the majestic humpback whales. You'll have lots of fun spotting them splashing about from the best land-based vantage point while learning interesting facts about migrating humpback whales. Tours begin at 10am and 2pm and cost $15 per adult and $5 per child. Bookings essential so call (07) 3415 3444 or pop by the Fishes Cafe.
Don't miss out on Island Short Film Premieres in the Dunwich Community Hall. Inspired by Moreton Bay, these short films include Follow the Sun, The Hunter, The Oysterman, The Chuck In, The Salt Maiden, The Something Amazing Project and Quandamooka Dreaming.
Saturday presents a whole heap of fun. For those who are up nice and early should join in the Dawn Gorge Walk. But if you're not an early bird you won't miss out either because you can join in the Dusk Gorge Walk.
From 9am to 10am, the traditional owners and community of Quandamooka Country welcome visitors in Welcome to Country Ceremony. Then make sure you pop by the Art and Environment Market before it closes at 3pm to see beautiful art works produced by local talent.
If you're interested in learning something new then Point Lookout Community Hall is the place to be. You can discover print making techniques with Sandra Pearce; make a woven bird's nest using natural fibres with Casselle Mountford; and learn some cool hip hop dance moves with Q Crew. There are other fun workshops available so make sure you check out the full list in their program! All workshops are $10 each, $15 for two people from the same family and $20 for the whole family.
And end your day with Flux at Mooloomba Reserve, Point Lookout. Beginning at 6.30pm, join visual artist Renata Buziak, sound artists Vanessa Tomlinson and Nicholas Ng, and dancer Jan Baker-Finch in a stunning performance.
All the fabulous fun begins on Sunday at 8.30am with the awesome Beach Clean-up with Blair Jedras from Reef Check. Come and enjoy a bit of volunteering fun and you might even win a prize for the strangest find! Other activities include Sensory Meditations with Nicholas Ng at 9am and 10am, and Hot Island Environment Forum from 1pm to 4pm.
Freebies on the day include Quandmooka Sand Art Workshop with Craig Tapp, and Sound and Movement Workshop with Jan Baker-Finch and Vanessa Tomlinson. And the festival ends with a Closing Ceremony at 4pm at NSI Historical Museum.