Dream Wild Art & Wildlife Workshops

Family-friendly wildlife, art & culture experiences

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park have teamed up with local Australian Aboriginal artist Garry Purchase to bring you Dream Wild Art & Wildlife Workshops. This newly launched, unique experience will be run for several dates in 2021 at Calga on the Central Coast, just a short 20 minute drive from Gosford CBD, or one hour north of Sydney.

This event is designed for small groups, and is hosted at a working wildlife sanctuary in the Central Coast bushland of Calga Valley, located on Heritage-listed Aboriginal Cultural Landscape. This is an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in nature while learning about the local storylines of the earth and sky directly from Garry, an award-winning artist of proud Dharawal, Bidjigal and Dhungutti descent.

Garry will guide you through the bush with his knowledge, and help you paint your own artwork inspired by techniques of the world’s oldest civilisation. During the family-friendly event, you will also meet resident kangaroos and wildlife, watch the sun set over a national park, enjoy wine, cheese and roast marshmallows as you chat around the campfire. For children, there is a daytime workshop featuring ochre face painting and boomerang throwing with refreshments included. 

Book tickets via Walkabout Park's online kiosk

emu in the sky garry purchase
Image: 'Emu in the Sky' by Garry Purchase


The Dream Wild experience includes:

Ranger-led bushwalk through the wildlife sanctuary with animal encounters

Guided tour of protected Aboriginal Sites, including rock paintings and engravings dating back more than 4000 years

Spot resident wildlife including kangaroo, wallaby, possums, emu, dingo and Tasmanian devils.

Meet and greet with one of the sanctuary’s reptiles, including photo opportunity

Boomerang throwing and ochre face painting (daytime workshops)

Hands-on guided painting workshop hosted by Garry Purchase, all materials provided

Refreshments provided, including cheese, fruit and wine platter for evening workshops

Communal campfire prepared with option to roast marshmallows on a stick (evening workshops)

OPTIONAL: Book an eco-cabin or eco-tent to stay overnight for the full Aussie bush experience!


Limited tickets available – Secure your workshop spot




Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary, Darkinjung Road, Calga NSW, Australia
See map
Opening Times:

Upcoming Dream Wild Event Dates 2021:

Dream Wild Art & Wildlife (daytime series)
Ages 6 to 106. Runs 10am – 1pm
Next dates: 17 April

Dream Wild Art & Wildlife (night series)
Adults 16+. Runs 7pm – 10pm
Next dates: 26 Feb, 20 March

Dream Wild Sky Stories (night series)
Ages 6 to 106) runs 7pm – 10pm
Next dates: 12 Feb, 13 March, 11 June


Next date: 11 Jun 2021
see phone number (02) 43751100
Organised by: Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park See host information
Event Info

Event Location

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