Wildflowering Cooloola 2023

Saturday 26 Aug 2023, 9:30 am - Sunday  27 Aug 2023, 1:00 pm AEST

We will be celebrating the profusion of wildflowers in the Cooloola area near Rainbow Beach.  Nature and creativity are natural partners.  Artists and naturalists will lead walks on Saturday, and conduct art activities on Sunday in Cooloola Cove.  

A revised edition of the 60-page booklet, Cooloola Wildflowers and Walks, of local flowering plants and guides to walks will be included with each registration.  

Lunch on Saturday, and morning tea on Sunday are included, with catering for dietary preferences. 

Participants are advised to bring their own preferred materials, e.g. paper, board, charcoal, pencils etc. Some basic materials will be available at the event. 

A folding stool would also be useful for the sessions en plein air on both days. 

What is en plein air drawing?

En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air”, and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist's subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works.


Sat 26th Aug 2023, 9:30 am - Sun 27th Aug 2023, 1:00 pm AEST 

Saturday event 26 Aug 2023

9:30 – 10:00

Welcome and introductions. Meet at Phil Rogers Park, Wide Bay Esplanade.  Coffee and tea available.

Explanation of walk choices with maps and CW&W booklet

Groups to carpool when possible.

10:00 – 12:00

Groups will then be taken on guided wildflower walks / field visits: 

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch orders distributed at Phil Rogers Park BBQ area

1:00 – 3:30

Guided walks / field visits with drawing en plein air at either:

3:30 – 4:00

Wrap up and close (Meet at Phil Rogers Park)

Walk to Carlo Sandblow (1.2km return)


Participants may register expression of interest for dinner at a local restaurant in Rainbow Beach Saturday night.

Sunday event 27 Aug 2023


Meet at 5 Exeter Court, Cooloola Cove

Guided walks around Cooloola Cove native gardens, where the owners have retained and nurtured a surprising array of native plants, including ground orchids


Morning tea provided

10:30 – 12.30

Drawing en plein air with artists Joolie Gibbs and Sue Davis.  We will be drawing based on nature, observing the details of wildflowers in situ. 

12:30 option at $15

Lunch at 5 Exeter Court

After lunch option

Walk #5: Cooloola Wilderness Trail and cemetery


Contact: Nancy

What you might see

Photo credit: Glenn Lieper

Photo credit: Glenn Lieper

Photo credit: Lindy Orwin

Photo credit:  Lindy Orwin

Pig's face

Fraser Island Creeper