Join an On The Verandah Kimberley workshop and experience life on a remote cattle station, get to know the owners and live the way they live. Workshop learning is interspersed with unique activities that you won't find in tourism brochures.
- Depart from Kununurra
- We offer just a handful of experiences each year
- Small groups - 7 - 10 guests per trip
- Bespoke experiences, insider access
- A lifetime of memories
Our adventures include:
- Workshops in Art, Writing or Photography with professional tutors.
- Women-only horse riding adventures
- Vast spaces, endless natural beauty, wildlife and adventure.
- Unique accommodation
- Explore creeks, rivers, wetlands and fish for barramundi
- Healthy home-cooked meals
- Aboriginal culture and art
- Be amazed by the Kimberley night sky
- Swim in pristine waterholes
- Champagne sunsets beneath thousand year old boab trees
Where will you be based?
You will be based at Digger's Rest Station in the east Kimberley, about 2 hours from Kununurra. You'll travel in comfort, venturing "off the beaten track" into wilderness areas not open to the public. You'll explore deep into the landscape, have unique experiences and meet colourful characters. You'll have your own comfortable Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room to retreat to each evening and enjoy a two night camp.
Join a Kimberley workshop with Judith White and enjoy tuition by Judith in the bush studio and at various field locations interspersed with additional excursions and activities. A 2 night camp in a breathtakingly scenic Aboriginal community is included on this 9 day itinerary. On the final night it's canapés and champagne and an informal exhibition of work created by the group.
As well as art sessions at various scenic locations, enjoy complimentary welcome champagne, the opportunity to fish for barramundi, aboriginal art site, hikes, a two night camp, exhibition and party. (Champagne sunset horse rides are available for experienced riders, for an additional charge.)
May 6 - 12, 2021
An untutored week on a Kimberley cattle station for artists, writers, photographers and creatives incorporates our proven itinerary while providing you with everything you need to enjoy productive, uninterrupted time to create. You'll enjoy field locations and experiences we have selected over many years of guiding creative people like you throughout this stunning landscape.
July 9 - 15, 2021
Our newest addition to our holiday schedule, our Michael Herron workshop is open to all levels of artist.
Michael Herron has worked professionally as an artist since 1987 and began teaching painting and drawing classes to adults in 1995. He’s travelled, painted, lectured and taught all across Australia from Kakadu to Larapinta and the Flinders Ranges and currently resides in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Winning The Sydney Morning Herald Travelling Art scholarship in 1988 allowed him to travel Europe, Asia and America for over two years and include four months of solid painting in the Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris.
Michael has consistently been exhibited by galleries (including four solo shows at Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney), won numerous art awards and has works held in the private collections including Luca Belgiorno-Nettis and Ros Packer. To learn more about Michael, visit his website.
Art sessions typically begin in the field at various outdoor locations offering different qualities and views. Initially, you’ll be encouraged to sketch liberally on paper as you observe your early responses to the new environment.
Building on that momentum, you’ll explore either larger works on paper or paintings. Some works may be started and completed on location while most lend themselves to development back in the bush studio (verandahs).
Michael tailors his teaching to your needs and encourages you to take your own path. At times Michael will work beside you, mentoring you through your work and progress in the relaxed, peaceful settings. At the end of the week we cap off the experience in Kimberley style, dressing up for an informal art exhibition with sparkling and nibbles.
Of his workshops he says, “I like that you can feel the momentum, energy and excitement build in the group during the workshop. People get inspired by the place and the results they are getting.”
Imagine a week of riding steady and willing horses under wide Kimberley skies? Over remote, wild and ancient Kimberley plains, along dusty stock routes and riverbanks beneath the arching branches of a thousand year old boab tree? And how about pulling up beside cool waterholes for lunch and a swim? Add a dash of wine, fun and plenty of adventure.
Come with us, bring mates or come on your own. Set your own pace from a fun, fully optional itinerary.
Please refer to the Terms and Conditions on the On The Verandah website for cancellation policy.