Four-day fes­ti­val has four-fig­ure crowd

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

RE­TURN­ING for the third time to the Sun­shine Coast, the Wan­der­lust Fes­ti­val saw nearly 4000 peo­ple take part in the four-day re­treat held at Novo­tel Twin Waters Re­sort.

The fes­ti­val hosted yoga and med­i­ta­tion in­struc­tors, mu­si­cal per­form­ers, speak­ers, artists and chefs on the Coast this year. Di­rec­tor Jon­nie Hal­stead said this year’s fes­ti­val was the best year to date.

“As more and more peo­ple crave the op­por­tu­nity to escape the hus­tle and bus­tle of the big city, a feel­ing of con­nect­ed­ness to them­selves, and the world around them, Wan­der­lust pro­vides ex­actly that ex­pe­ri­ence through its re­mark­able group of yoga and med­i­ta­tion in­struc­tors, mu­si­cal per­form­ers, speak­ers, artists and chefs,” he said.

“Sixty per cent of our at­ten­dees are from out­side of Queens­land, trav­el­ling here specif­i­cally for the event which cre­ates 10,000 bed nights across the fes­ti­val pe­riod.

“We are so thrilled to bring the event here which has had an av­er­age growth rate of 20 per cent year on year and con­tin­ues to pro­vide the unique op­por­tu­nity to show­case Sun­shine Coast to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence.”

Mr Hal­stead said the fes­ti­val al­lowed at­ten­dees to “un­plug from or­di­nary ur­ban life and re­con­nect with them­selves”.

He said 86 per cent of the Wan­der­lust au­di­ence were fe­male, in their late 20s and came from Mel­bourne, Syd­ney, Auck­land and Bris­bane and around the Greater Pa­cific Rim.

“We chose the Sun­shine Coast be­cause it pro­vides the quin­tes­sen­tial Aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing warm waters, surf, golden sand beaches, green bush and un­touched land­scape,” he said.

“I just love what Wan­der­lust calls fes­ti­val go­ers – ‘seek­ers’ be­cause it is ex­actly that vibe, those who are in search of some­thing that is chal­leng­ing and dif­fer­ent, you meet a lot of peo­ple who just re­ally want to come out here and share their pas­sion for yoga with other like-minded peo­ple.

“I get to teach hand-in-hand with mu­si­cians and I get to ex­plore as a teacher and take those seek­ers on a jour­ney.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GREAT SUC­CESS: The Wan­der­lust Fes­ti­val saw nearly 4000 peo­ple take part in the four-day re­treat held at Novo­tel Twin Waters Re­sort.

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