Autumn Retreat 2019 FAQs

What's included in my registration fee?

Your workshop registration includes your workshop tuition, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea Saturday, as well as brunch on Sunday and transfers from Stanthorpe central to the workshop venue – QCWT.

Optional extras: 
A Wine and Cheese appreciation on Friday afternoon and dinner/entertainment on Saturday night are optional extras bookable during registration.

Not included:
Materials for the visual art classes.
Breakfasts and dinners.


Please note: the tuition fee does not include materials. Please see detailed material lists for each class on the classes webpage. Upon booking you will receive a comprehensive list of materials. The materials cost noted in the class information is indicative only if you need to purchase every item. You may already have some of the required items in your art wares collection in which case your materials cost will be less than indicated.

When's the latest I can book?

You can book your workshop up until the Thursday (28 Feb) before the start of the retreat however there are only limited spots in each class so book early to avoid disappointment. Additionally classes that do not have enough to go ahead will be cancelled following the end of early bird pricing – early bird pricing, ends 4 February 19.

Can I attend more than one workshop over the weekend?

Unfortunately no, you will need to select one class for the entire time as you will be creating amazing works and your journey will be an intensive learning experience.

Why is 'Winemaker for a Weekend' priced differently?

In short the Wine Maker for a Weekend workshop in a 1.5 workshop, while the other workshops are 2 – 2.5 days in length. Additionally winemaking is the core business of the Queensland College of Wine and Tourism, as such the cost of putting on this workshop are less than our other workshops held during Autumn Retreat.

Please note: This workshop is offered at other times of year in Stanthorpe, so pricing for this workshop has been pre-set by the College and therefore sits outside the early bird and standard rates for Autumn School.

Accommodation - what's the go?

Due to there being no on campus accommodation in QCTW we have not included an accommodation option bookable through our system. We had however secured discounted hotel rates at two local accommodation suppliers which we will run transfer to and from for the length of the retreat. Our accommodation partner’s details are listed below – please note these rates are only available when booking over the phone.

    2 Wallangarra Rd, Stanthorpe
    Phone 07 4681 3844
    couples starting from $130 per night
    twin share rates available – bring a friend and twin
    share for better rates
    12 Wallangarra Road, Stanthorpe
    Phone 4681 2000
    twin share from $80 per night
    couples starting from $150 per night

There are a wide variety of accommodation options in the Stanthorpe area and we encourage you to book one that best suits your needs.

Coach transfers

Complimentary coach transfers from a location in central Stanthorpe are include in the registration fee. Further information regarding the pick up location will be communicated via the McGregor Autumn Newsletter which will be sent to participants closer to the retreat.

Who can attend the Autumn Retreat?

Anyone over the age of 18 and those over 16 with approval from the McGregor team (call us on 046 311 111 for more info).

Do I need any experience to book into the workshops?

The experience level required for each class is listed at the top of the class information. In general this is what the levels mean:

All levels: No experience required, the tutor will cater to your level
Introductory/ beginner – intermediate: These classes a suitable for those without any experience or those looking to improve upon their base skill set.
Intermediate – advanced: A general competence in the medium will greatly enhance what you get out of a class of this level.
Advanced: Appropriate for those comfortable working with the medium.

Please refer to each class for specific details or contact us if you are unsure at or 4631 2755.

How do I book?

You can book online by selecting the class you’d like to attend on the Autumn Retreat Overview page and clicking ‘Book Now’ on that specific page.

If you are unsure or have any concerns please give us a call we’re very happy to assist.

How do I get to Stanthorpe?

Stanthorpe is a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Toowoomba or 3 hour drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. The drive is a scenic one with lots of amazing photo opportunities and attractions on the way.

The closest domestic airport is Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (in Toowoomba), which offers direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Townsville and Western Queensland.

Payment plans

You have the option to secure your place at Autumn Retreat with a $100 deposit and pay it off at your leisure – with final payments due 1 March 2019. Simple opt to pay a deposit rather than the full fee during the booking process.


Sometimes circumstances change – here’s how we can help: cancel before 1 March 2019 – recieve refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit; cancel after 1 March – no refund

The McGregor team reserves the right to cancel a workshop if minimum enrolments are not reached or if any unforseen circumstances occur. If your workshop is cancelled you will receive a full refund, or the option to transfer to another workshop. All prices are GST inclusive.

Electrical equipment

All electrical equipment (excluding camera and phone charges) being brought to QCWT for class use must be ‘tag-tested’ by a qualified electrician.

Autumn Retreat - Stanthorpe 2019
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