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View of Function and Restaurant Building at Amaroo

View of Function and Restaurant Building at Amaroo


To replace the cancelled annual weekend workshop there will be a series of playing sessions on Magnetic Island at Amaroo on Mandalay Avenue in Nelly Bay. For those wishing to stay overnight, Amaroo has ample accommodation set in lush tropical gardens.

Aerial View of Amaroo on Mandalay Ave

Aerial View of Amaroo on Mandalay Avenue Relative to Nelly Bay Harbour and Ferry Terminal

Provisional Program

Below is the provisional timetable for the weekend (posted 6 May 2021).

Date, Time Event
Saturday 18 July
10:30am-12 noon Optional Tuition Session with Robyn for less experience players
2:20pm-5:30pm Playing Session with Malcolm and Robyn
Sunday 19 July
9am-1pm Playing Session with Malcolm and Robyn
Koala perched in tree on Forts Track, Magnetic Island

Fees and Registration

There is a fee of $10 per participant towards hire of the Endeavour Room. Please register by phoning Janet Askern on 0417 787 220 and letting her know which sessions you plan to attend. There is also a small fee payable for the tutoring session with Robyn.


The accommodation consists mainly of single-story, motel-style units in blocks of six arranged on either side of the pool and restaurant-function room building.

View of Typical Accommodation Block

View of Typical Accommodation Block with Six Rooms.

Book accommodation using one of the booking agencies, by email, by phone or on the Amaroo website where you can check on types of rooms and prices.

Map of eating places and food shops close by

Map of Nelly Bay: 4min is the Time to Drive from the Ferry Terminal.

Getting There

Amaroo is 1.4km from the Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal at Nelly Bay. Ferries run regularly from the Sealink Terminal in Townsville to Nelly Bay and the connecting buses from the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal to Picnic Bay stop right outside Amaroo. Visit the Sealink website for the ferry timetable. Here is a pdf of the bus timetable. Amaroo has a courtesy bus and will collect guests from the Ferry Terminal - easier than taking the bus with luggage.

The Wildlife

The gardens at Amaroo naturally attract plenty of wildlife. As well as Blue-winged Kookaburras, Bush Stone-Curlews ("Curlews" in North Queensland) and Agile Wallabies, you may be lucky enough to spot a Koala. The National Park walking trail to Arcadia which starts at the northwestern end of Mandalay Avenue is worth investigating if you have time before or after the workshop. The Forts Track is the best one for Koalas.

Blue-winged Kookaburra waiting to be fed

The local birds, such as this patient Blue-winged Kookaburra, are accustomed to being fed.

Contact Details and Information