18 – 25 June 2022

retreat|recreate is delighted to offer this 8 day/7 night women’s tour exploring stunning Far North Queensland through the lens of its handcrafts.

Join us for this immersive, inspiring, cultural and creative experience as we explore Far North Queensland’s ancient and recent history, Aboriginal culture, traditional and contemporary arts and handcrafts and stunning environments.

Our tour begins in Gimuy/Cairns where we’re very privileged to participate in an eco-cultural experience on lands that are not otherwise accessible to the public.  We’ll experience a welcome to Country and smoking ceremony and learn about the deep connection of the traditional owners to the land and water as we take an easy walk with a Mandingalbay Yidinji guide. We’ll also take a guided walking tour of Cairns to learn about the city’s rich heritage: from the traditional owners to the explorers, settlers, pirates, the gold rush and farming to current times. We’ll view significant buildings and architectural styles, outdoor art and landmarks.

From Cairns, we’ll head inland to the lush mountains of Kuranda where we’ll enjoy a cyanotype workshop at the rainforest garden studio of a superb artist, ceramicist and photographer.  We’ll visit the gallery of an artists’ co-operative and several galleries showcasing indigenous art before we continue on to Port Douglas and the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji people.  

During a basket weaving workshop with a nationally recognised Aboriginal master weaver and artist, we’ll each make a small dilly bag, learn about traditional Kuku Yalanji weaving techniques, materials and baskets and their cultural significance. 

An evening cultural performance, set in the midst of the rainforest is an opportunity to deepen our knowledge of traditional culture.  While we dine on a fabulous tropical feast, we’ll be entertained (and educated) with stories of the dreamtime, knowledge of the land and a didgeridoo performance by two Aboriginal brothers. 

A full-day outing will include a guided walk with a traditional owner through the breathtaking, ancient landscape of Mossman Gorge, a visit to an Arts Centre and a Daintree River cruise.   We’ll also visit the gallery of a well known Kuku Yalanji artist where we’ll enjoy a traditional painting workshop. While we paint, the artist will share stories and insights into his life, culture and art.

For the last few nights of our tour, we’ll return to Cairns.  We’ll enjoy a fabulous printmaking and bookbinding workshop led by an accomplished conceptual artist and arts educator.  Using inspiration and impressions from our tropical travels, we’ll each produce a small book of hand-printed images – a very special keepsake of the group’s collective memories from this trip. 

At a beach-side studio we’ll enjoy our final workshop in ghost net weaving – the art of transforming marine debris into beautifully crafted art and sculpture.  This hands-on workshop will be led by a highly respected fibre artist and the artistic director of a Torres Strait island Arts Centre. Her strong commitment to arts development in communities and her collaborative approach to art marking has opened up a world of artistic and commercial opportunities and experiences for the island communities which extend far beyond the Torres Strait.

The FIVEfabulous hands-on workshops on this tour are:

  • Cyanotype printing  
  • Kuku Yalanji basket weaving 
  • Traditional Kuku Yalanji painting 
  • Printmaking and bookbinding
  • Ghost net weaving 

The result: five very special creative experiences and your very own hand-made souvenirs to remind you of your travels!

This exciting textile adventure is not to be missed! We’ll stay in 4-star accommodation for all 7 nights, marvel at breath-taking, ancient landscapes, sample delicious, tropical cuisine and enjoy the company of like-minded textile and handcraft enthusiasts.  Plus much, much more.


I found my trip to Far North Queensland with retreat|recreate a very ethical, professional and well planned tour. A fabulous, creative trip with renowned tutors leading the workshops. Great food and accommodation. Amazing, educational, local tours gave us a great overview of the area. Definitely a very safe way for singles to travel, with a tour leader who made sure everything went smoothly. June – Far North Queensland, June 2022

On the retreat|recreate Far North Queensland tour I was completely immersed in culture, both indigenous and non-indigenous. The workshops were fun, informative and hands on. Everyone came away with a treasured piece of art work and new skills. We also have memories that will last a lifetime. The tour was well organised, great fun, informative and perfectly balanced in every aspect so that you truly relax and enjoy whilst being well cared for and stimulated creatively. Karen – Far North Queensland, June 2022

I would recommend this retreat|recreate tour because: it is well organised, I loved the small group – all women, it is well balanced with culture, history, art, creativity and scenery. It is a real food for the human brain. I would do another tour any time, without looking at the program – I trust Susan’s talent. Brigitte – Far North Queensland, June 2022

An awesome well organised tour thanks to the billion hours spent in research for us to have a relaxing and good time. Isabel – Far North Queensland, June 2022


  • 8 days/7 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Transport: private coach, taxi, ferry, boat
  • 5 hands-on workshops 
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • Entrance to excursion venues as per the itinerary


  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Early check in or late check out
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Personal spending (phone, internet, laundry, mini bar, souvenirs etc)
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Internet not included in our hotel rates
  • Activities marked as optional
  • Tips


  • The retreat|recreate host on this trip is Susan Keeble
  • A deposit of AUD $1000 is required to secure your booking * (see below)
  • The balance will be due no later than close of business on 6 May 2022
  • Bookings made after 6 May 2022 must be paid in full at the time of booking.
  • Single room places are limited
  • Maximum group size is 11 people
  • *Minimum number for tour to proceed is 8.  Should we fail to reach a group of 8, the tour will not proceed and your deposit will be refunded.
  • Details of accommodation, venues, workshop leaders etc will be provided to successful tour applicants once the full group is confirmed. 
  • COVID-safe protocols will apply on this tour

retreat|recreate acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to the land, sea and community.  We pay our respects to the Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and their cultures.

retreat|recreate is proud to engage and support Aboriginal owned and operated businesses and organisations offering cultural and creative experiences wherever possible.