Join your fellow writers at Australia’s most immersive writing retreat experience at O’Reilly’s in Lamington National Park!

JUNE 1st – 3rd, 2018

Enjoy taking part in writing masterclasses with Australia’s biggest and bestselling authors. Discover how to think, write and take action using best practices straight from the experts themselves, while making new friendships with other writers just like you.

“An unexpected treat was the fascinating discussions with the many intellectually curious who were on the retreat. Erotica over scones, jam and cream at morning tea, methods of murder with our curry and rice. Character, dialogue, plot … a mind whirl These were in the moments between classes! My first retreat, counting down until the next.”


This writing retreat is ideal for you if:

  • you’re a beginner or experienced writer, whether you have a manuscript ready to pitch, or you’re just starting on your first story
  • you’re struggling to complete your manuscript or make a fresh start
  • you write in any genre
  • you want to increase your writing speed with techniques to help your writing flow and the speed in which you write story arcs and characters
  • you want to master the art of storytelling and worldbuilding to keep your readers immersed in your story so they can’t put your book down
  • you want to avoid the traps of publishing by gaining invaluable knowledge from industry leading experts, so you can tread your own path to becoming an author selling books around the world
  • you want to have fun, relax and make new friends, or re-discover your passion for writing
  • you want to work on your laptop (wi-fi provided), or switch off for the weekend and scribble in a notepad – the choice is yours. We want you to write in a completely stress-free environment.

Your ticket includes everything below!


Writing masterclass workshops

RWR sources talented and successful authors to guide you through the writing process and mentor you over the weekend. Check out our presenters page to meet the popular authors for 2017!

Publishing and marketing workshops

Get actionable, accurate and up-to-date information to make your story available to readers around the world. You’ll also learn about the effective marketing strategies currently working for authors in today’s global marketplace.

Access to presenters one-on-one

Unlike most other events, the writing retreat allows attendees to mix and mingle one-on-one with the presenters anytime during the retreat.

Networking activities

Planned networking activities to help even the most introverted writer connect with others and make new friends.

Private writing time

Take time to catch up on your writing projects. You’ll be inspired to pick a quiet spot to enjoy some private writing time.

Escape into the rainforest

Enjoy everything O’Reilly’s has to offer for a true writing escape. From beautiful rainforest walks, waterfalls, night tours, wildlife and cafes.


Two night’s accommodation (twin share) in a lovely Retreat Room (a couple of handicap rooms are available upon request, suitable for wheelchair access/use). As accommodation is twin share, we will allocate you a writing buddy to share with. Or bring a friend, and let us know when booking, we’ll put you in together. Alternatively, for an extra fee, you can have the room to yourself.

All meals (and O’Reilly’s are well-known for their tempting menu).
All your meals are included: breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner. Please note on the booking form if you have any special dietary requirements.

Team activities

  • O’Reilly’s complimentary team activity, last year we visited the glow worms, we’ll announce the 2017 activity soon.
  • Optional free wine tasting at the vineyard on the way home.
  • All the nature you can handle. Every breath taken along the tree top walk is worth ten from the city.

From just $795

All workshops · All masterclasses · All accommodation
All meals · All the fun!

Book today, pay tomorrow!

Simply pay a $100 deposit today to reserve your place!

“The Retreat was, for me, a nudge to sit down and do it. So many of the beautiful people have already written a number of books and that alone makes this less daunting. It’s great to hear writers be open with words of encouragement.”


Catch the bus!

A bus will be available to transport guests from Southbank, Brisbane to the writers retreat on the Friday morning, and return guests to Southbank after the retreat on Sunday evening. There are limited spaces for the minibus (just 13), so you must book that early. The return trip is $80 per person.

Important: the bus always fills up from those who get early-bird tickets, so if you want to reserve a seat you must book early.

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