Sunday Studio Drive



Gympie Studio Trails

Creative Arts Gympie Region (CAGR) presents Sunday Studio Drive, a community initiative that invites participants to embark on a series of bus tours to explore various artist studios within the Gympie Region. Taking place alongside the Gympie Region Studio Trails, this unique event spans four (4) Sundays in July 2023.

Sunday 2 July, 8.30am – 4pm – Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Gympie Surrounds
Sunday 9 July, 8.30am – 4pm – Widgee, Woolooga and Goomeri
Sunday 16 July, 8.30am – 4pm – Gympie
Sunday 23 July, 7.30am – 4pm – Mary Valley


Bookings are essential as seats are limited.

Ticket prices include a return seat on the bus which is hosted by a local creative who will share stories and entertain, entry to select studios along the trail, a “Goodie Bag” with local produce, artisan products and promotional material, lunch and refreshments along the route

Bus departs and returns to Australian Institute of Country Music each Sunday.

Please bring cash for some studio purchases.

Note: bus may not accommodate all accessibility needs. Please contact organisers if unsure


Tin Can Bay & Gympie Surrounds Tour
Sunday 2 July

On this tour, you will meet members of the Cooloola Potters Group and catch them at work. Then onto young creative Sarah Bartel’s pop-up studio from ‘Through the Makers Window’ to see her lovely bright watercolours.

Check out the infamous ‘Bone Museum’ and meet renowned visual artist Kerrie Atkins at her lovely property studio for morning tea. Then we’ll head to Jill McDonald’s Tin Can Bay Art Gallery to see her eclectic array of artworks.

Lunch will be at Rainbow Beach Pizza where you will see paintings by Net Rae Art, then a tranquil walk on the way home at Searey’s Creek.

Your storyteller along the way will be Sue Davis who has decades of experience as an educator, facilitator, guide and creative practitioner. Over the past 7 years she has developed extensive knowledge of SEQ wildflowers. Her wildflowering journey however started with art, culture and stories, including the stories of women she has come to call ‘wild/flower women’!

Bus leaves the Australian Institute of Country Music at 8.30am sharp


Goomeri  Tour
Sunday 9 July

On this tour you will ‘bee’ entertained by Glenbo, local avid beekeeper. Glebo will share local stories of honey and bees, especially our local native bee populations and our wonderful world of regeneration through gardening and seasonal living. He might have some ‘bee’ puns to share!!

First stop will be Zela Bissett’s studio and garden, then off to ‘PK Steel Creations’ at The Dawn where you’ll see Peter Smith’s large scale steel sculptures. Then on to Milly Hine’s colourful artwork – ‘Art from the Heart’ property and studio at Widgee. There you will be treated to a painting workshop and morning tea. Next stop is ‘JungleRoom Art Studio’ to see latest paintings by Robert Nobilia.

Lunch will be at Goomeri Bakery and a quick walk along the historic town, main street then on to ‘Hibiscus House Gallery’ and the abstract art of Jacinta Kington, before returning back to Gympie.

Bus leaves the Australian Institute of Country Music at 8.30am sharp.


Gympie & Southside Tour
Sunday 16 July

Start the day at Uniqueartz Studio, Trish and Graham Ramsay’s creative space, then onto the studio of multi award winning artist and educator, Jan Lawnikanis to see her floral watercolour paintings.

Pop around the corner to fashion designer Cindy Vogel’s studio for morning tea and to see how she dresses the music industry.

Then off to Pesart Studio and Des Spencer Art to soak in his colourful textured paintings and enjoy lunch in his outdoor garden studio.

We’ll head out to the studio of award-winning artist and tutor Pam Black to view her acrylic landscapes and moody watercolours.

Lastly, we’ll pop into trish Ramsay’s studio, then “Heart and Soul Sisters Creative Experiences”, to see how art can be used for emotional expression and a way to connect, reflect and regroup.

Be entertained with stories from artist and long-time Gympie resident Tammy Brennan who produces contemporary cross-artform works using text, music, movement, performance and site.

Bus leaves the Australian Institute of Country Music at 8.30am sharp.


Mary Valley Tour
Sunday 16 July

It’s an early start to Imbil with your guide, renowned artist Joolie Gibbs, chatting about her art practice, the use of botanical inks and her long relationship with the Mary River.

At the Mary Valley Art Festival, you’ll be entertained at the annual Poet’s Breakfast, then a browse around entries for the Mary Valley Art Prize. The, we’ll pop into Art on Yabba Gallery and see paintings by Fiona Groom, and Stephen’s Recording Studio to understand the process of recording music.

Storyteller Ian Mackay will tell some funny and factual tales as we head to Kandanga Country Club for lunch and to see paintings by Pam Hopkins. We’ll walk around the lovely Kandanga Cemetery gardens and maybe take some rubbings from the old gravestones.

Finally, on the way home will detour to Raven Heart Art studio of Amanda Brierley at Tuchekoi to see her textural botanical paintings.

Bus leaves the Australian Institute of Country Music at 7.30am sharp.

We hope you enjoy your creative experience!