art, science, nature camps on Bimblebox

Jude Roberts, artwork onsite, Bimblebox Nature Refuge, 2013, photo Jill Sampson

We are currently calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) for a Bimblebox art, science, nature camp for 4 – 12 September 2022.

During 2020 the Bimblebox Alliance fundraised to upgrade the facilities for the Bimblebox art, science and nature camps.  This work is almost complete and we will soon be able to resume the camps at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.  We are currently taking Expressions of Interest for the Bimblebox art, science, nature camp, 4 – 12 September 2022. (The camps are always held in the first or second week of September to coincide with the very short window of milder spring weather. Please use the below contact form to let me know you are interested and why!

The Bimblebox Nature Refuge previously hosted annual art, science and nature camps from 2012 to 2017.  In 2018 deepening drought conditions meant that year the camp was cancelled.

If you would like to attend this next art, science nature camp, please register your interest in the below form. 

These camps give attendees the opportunity to explore the Bimblebox Nature Refuge and pursue their area of interest, be it botany, drawing, painting, writing, wood carving, music, film, performance art, photography, bird watching, sound recording or exploring the night sky. The camps usually run for one week and are catered with one main cook and volunteers, while attendees are expected to pitch in and help at different times.

The Bimblebox Nature Refuge is a remote location and the camp attendees must fund, organise and manage their own travel to and from site. There will be a low, daily cost that goes toward food. You need to bring your own tents or swags. More information is available when you register your interest in attending the camp.

Read about previous camps here
Scroll down for photos.

The Bimblebox Nature Refuge is in central western Queensland. It is approximately 450km west of Rockhampton and then 50km north of Alpha (see map below). The nearest airpot is at Emerald from where you would need to hire a vehicle to drive the rest of the 220km to Bimblebox. A twice weekly train travels from Brisbane to Longreach, stopping in Alpha on the way. To learn more about the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.

Interested in volunteering on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge? Go here.

Past camps:
3 – 11 September, 2017
3 – 11 September, 2016
3 – 13 September, 2015
13 – 20 September, 2014
7 – 15  September, 2013
8 – 17 September 2012

Camp site, Bimblebox Nature Refuge, photo Jill Sampson
Howard Butler and his daughter Sarah make a coolamon on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, 2012.
Gerald Soworka drawing on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, 2012
Boyd audio recording at a water trough on Bimblebox Nature Refuge, 2012. Photo by Glenda Orr.
Paula Peeters and Rosie Lloyd-Giblett at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, 2016, photo Tangible Media.
Artists Participating in a guided walk by Eric Anderson, Bimblebox Nature Refuge art, science and nature camp, 2016. photo Tangible Media

Artist Alan Tulloch, Bimblebox Nature Refuge, 2016, photo Tangible Media

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