O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

The Yarn Retreat – 6th to 9th October 2022
Live In Package


I would love for you to join me for a long weekend of crafting, relaxation and soaking up the amazing environment of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the magnificent Lamington National Park.  My grandfather was one of the founders of the Guest House and the surrounds were my childhood playground, it is a privilege to share the days with you at retreat.  The Yarn Retreat brings together some of Australia’s best tutors in knitting, crochet and other yarn crafts to offer you workshops complimented by days of nothing to do by learn and create, with a little bit of yarn shopping added.

The Venue – O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

The O’Reilly family pioneered ecotourism in Australia when they began hosting visitors in Lamington National Park in 1915 and later charging for this service in 1926. In these days, the former O’Reilly’s “Guest House” and slab huts took nature lovers two days via car, train and horseback.

Over the past 90 years O’Reilly’s has earned its well‐respected reputation as being an exceptional property with quality experiences and customer service that offers guests value for money. Guests thrive on learning about the history and heritage of the Australian O’Reilly family including Stinson plane discoverer Bernard O’Reilly.

The retreat is about 2 hours drive from the Gold Coast Airport and about 2 ½ from Brisbane. There are connecting bus services and if there is a group of participants arriving at the same time I will be able to organise a pickup for you (additional cost).

For more information on O’Reilly’s go to: www.oreillys.com.au

The Tutors

I am still in the process of confirming the final list of tutors for the retreat, but I can let you know they are some of the best in the country and I could not be more excited!  Shelley Husband (Spincusions) will again be joining us to share her love of Granny Squares in addition to tutors in knitting and crochet.

More about Shelley…

Shelley Husband is an Australian crochet designer and crochet teacher living on the south west coast of Victoria with her hubby and teenager in a tiny dot of a town by the ocean. Her two older children have left the nest and are spreading their own crafty and arty wings out in the world.

Shelley has crafted most of her life, trying “all of the crafts” over the years. These days, she spends most of her time with a crochet hook in hand. Having discovered a natural knack for crochet about seven years ago after a break of a few decades, she hasn’t looked back, creating hundreds of Granny Square patterns.  Shelley loves nothing more than designing new patterns aiming to extend her own and our crochet skills, gently challenging and encouraging us to create timeless, classic pieces sure to be admired and appreciated.

Seamless crochet is a real passion and she has many tips and tricks to make our crochet look the best it possibly can, using techniques she has combined and tweaked over the years. When not designing crochet, you can find Shelley teaching crochet in workshops around Victoria and beyond.

For those who cannot take a workshop in person, she teaches worldwide via her annual Crochet-A-Long projects through her blog and YouTube channel.  There is no doubting Shelley’s passion for all things crochet.

You can find Shelley online at www.spincushions.com and on most social media channels as Spincushions.

To read more about Shelley and browse her patterns, go to Spincushions.

Additional Details on the weekend:

Thursday 6 October:
The journey to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is almost as memorable as the destination. Your journey will take you through the village of Canungra and as you pass through the Canungra Valley, stop in to sample some O’Reilly’s wine and fuel up for your afternoon of hiking with a picnic at Canungra Valley Vineyards. As you begin your drive up the to the Lamington Plateau, take it slow on the winding mountain road and enjoy the vistas towards to mountains in the West, you’ll understand why it is called “The Scenic Rim”.Arrive at your leisure, either early in the day so you can join in the Guesthouse activities or just in time for room check in from 2pm. We will gather for drinks in the Rainforest Room at about 5pm to mingle and get to know each other before enjoying a BBQ dinner in the Lawn Pavilion.  After dinner you can find a comfy spot to ‘yarn’ the night away with old friends or new.

Friday 7 October:
There are a number of options for breakfast each day, you may like to book for the dining room buffet, sample something tasty from O’Reilly’s Mountain Café or bring your own continental style. The choice is entirely yours.

Friday will be a day of workshops after which you can either stay and keep creating or you may like to head out for a short walk, join in the guesthouse activities or have a lazy afternoon by the pool with a massage.

Dinner Friday night is your choice – The Rainforest Room bar offers a dining menu or you may like to choose A La Carte in the dining room. Both places offer a variety of meals and menus can be found here:  Dining at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. 

The workshop room will be open until 9pm for you to keep ‘yarning’ or again you can choose an alternative activity.

Saturday 8 October:
Saturday will offer more workshops with lunch served in the workshop room.  You can again decide how creative, energetic or lazy your afternoon will be.

After a sumptuous A La Carte dinner in the Log Fire Room, you may like to return to the main hub to continue on your project or why not experience the splendour of the Glow Worrms

Sunday 10 October:
Sadly it is our last day, however the workshop room will be available until 1pm. You can sit and savour the last of your time to create before parting ways with old friends and new and heading home.

Costs and Packages

Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your budget – single room; twin share or double or you may like to upgrade to a luxury room with a spa!

LIVE IN PACKAGE - Inclusions:

  • 3 nights accommodation in the style of your choice
  • Buffet dinner Thursday and Saturday Night
  • Lunch Friday and Saturday served in the workshop room
  • Complimentary morning tea served in the dining room
  • Workshops of your choice (full list available 1 November 2022)
  • Complimentary wine tasting at Canungra Valley Vineyard (on the way up or back)
  • The Yarn Retreat special edition gift pack

For meals not included in the packages, there is a number of options ranging from additional meals in the dining room; O’Reilly’s Café and Gift Shop or The Rainforest Room offers a nightly bar menu.  Alternatively, you may like to bring your own as there is a small fridge in the rooms, however there is no cooking facilities.  Full details and menus can be found at: Dining at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

$1090 – Single Room – Mountain View Studio

$850 – Twin Share Room – Mountain View Room 

$1190 – Double Room (Couple) – Mountain View Room  (does not include workshops or meals for 2nd person)

$1490 – Luxury Room – One Bedroom Canopy Suite  (suitable for a couple)

$350 – Deposit per person

Booking Terms and Conditions:

A deposit of $350 per person (includes a booking fee of $100) is required to secure your place at The Yarn Retreat 2022.

The remaining balance owing is due on 6 August 2022.  Alternatively I can offer you a monthly payment plan for the balance remaining at no additional charge.

In the event you cancel prior to 6 August 2022, your deposit less the booking fee is refundable only if your place is filled.  In the event you cancel after 6 August 2022, no refund is payable.

In the event COVID restrictions or venue changes result in postponing the event you will have two options:

  • Transfer your booking and all payments to the new dates at the same package price.
  • Transfer your payments to any other retreat or product offered by Yarn Creative.

In exceptional circumstances and subject to venue terms, conditions and refunds, a full refund may be provided less the booking fee of $100.

Photographs courtesy of Colin Bushell Photography.