Between Monday 8 and Friday 12 March nineteen Elgin Artists and associates stayed in five comfortable cabins and a glamping tent, on the banks of Tidal River at Wilson’s Promontory, to explore the environs, and to paint.
At the end of each day, we had a “show and tell” over evening drinks, admiring the work each artist had produced.
As our planned 2020 trip to Italy had to be cancelled, for obvious reasons, this trip was our first opportunity for us to travel together since visiting the Bogong High Plains in late 2019.
Many of us had not visited “The Prom” since our youth, so this was our first chance in some time to explore Mount Oberon, Squeaky Beach, Picnic Bay, Whisky Bay and the numerous walking trails. We also had the company of wombats, wallabies, parrots, cockatoos, magpies and wild duck.
A highlight of the week was a 2.5-hour coastal tour in a well-designed amphibious craft, with a 30-person capacity, that whisked us between the nearby islands in Bass Strait, after casting off from Norman Beach, with the assistance of retractable wheels. Our well-informed guide gave us a detailed description of the geography, geology and history of the area, including South Point and Skull Island, and we were introduced to many different birds and two specific seal colonies at each island along the way. The week was so successful that it is likely it will be repeated in 2022.