Find your muse in paradise

INSPIRED by natural beauty and fancy yourself as a budding artist?

Then the best of all worlds is on offer on the magical Lord Howe Island, less than two hours from Brisbane and Sydney but a world away in every other respect.

Arajilla Retreat is one of the island's premier accommodation experiences.

On an island where every view is a knockout, the vista from Arajilla is particularly brilliant, taking in the sweeping beach, sub tropical forest and the towering beauty of Mount Gower.

Arajilla has secured some of Australia's most talented painters to hold a series of four artists' retreats, each highlighting a different style and technique.

Each retreat is four days and three nights, from a Friday to a Monday, representing a long weekend of fun, camaraderie, artistic inspiration and learning.

The Arajilla Artist Workshop tariff is $1905 twin share and is inclusive of all meals, airport transfers, and light picnic lunches whilst away sketching or painting.

Retreats run in October, December, March 2010 and June 2010.

■ For more visit or freecall 1800 063 928.

■ For more on the artists' packages, visit

One of the other great places to stay on Lord Howe is the legendary Pinetrees Resort, one of the original guesthouses filled with all the wonderful hospitality and quaint charm that makes this island such a treasure. From now until mid-August, Pinetrees is offering two special packages, both of which include return flights from Sydney, accommodation, all meals, island airport transfers, a choice of either a half day bus tour or free bike hire for the duration of stay, and access to facilities.

Time your stay at Pinetrees Resort over this period to coincide with jazz performances playing at the resort as part of the 2009 annual Winter Jazz Festival.

Artists include UK artists, Lionel Robinson & The Dukes of Lounge, and The Moods.

■ For further information on the Pinetrees packages, see your travel agent or call Pinetrees Travel on freecall 1800 226 142.

■ For more on the resort and to check the jazz timetable, go to

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