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