Whale watching, classical music and sand between the toes – this is the Australian Festival of Chamber Music


Whale watching, classical music and sand between the toes – this is the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in

Townsville-Gurambilbarra, and holiday makers are officially invited!

Forget every stereotype of classical and chamber music and picture this: a blue sky for days that matches the ocean, majestic whales, music performed by the best chamber artists in the world, white sand sifting between the toes, hatted restaurants, world class performances and the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, all under a famous Wintersun.

This is just a taste of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) in Townsville-Gurambilbarra in North Queensland which plays from 26 July to 4 August. It’s the most unexpected experience and packages are now ready for booking!

Over 30+ music-filled years, the AFCM has forged an impressive international reputation as one of the best chamber music celebrations in the world, and this year is no exception with Artistic Director Jack Liebeck creating a fascinating program that is as spiritually and intellectually enriching as it is celebratory; and an artistic line-up that is exceptional and exciting. However, it’s much more than music.

“This acclaimed, thriving music event, offers a truly unique experience in the combination of world class music in locations unmatched anywhere, making it a truly magical and transformative experience,” said AFCM Executive Director, Ricardo Peach.

“At home here in Townsville-Gurambilbarra, we are on the doorstep of the famed Great Barrier Reef and ancient rainforests, we celebrate under our famous warm Wintersun, and we are just a boat ride from Magnetic Island-Yunbenun and at the festival time, we share these waters with migrating whales. Year after year we welcome new Festival fans who, after experiencing so much they didn’t expect, join our returning fans we lovingly call the Balmy Army (in recognition of the perfect Winter temperature during the festival),” he said.

Here’s how you can hear the harmony and feel the Wintersun – three exclusive HOLIDAY PACKAGES have been released for the 2024 Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) in Townsville-Gurambilbarra.

The best way to experience the unique combination of superb music and holiday relaxation is with a Festival holiday package. Each package includes tickets to three of AFCM’s most popular concerts, with patrons enjoying reserved seating, discounted tickets, and exclusive accommodation rates. Choose from:

  1. Opening Weekend Package: Experience the excitement of Opening Weekend with three captivating concerts, including AFCM Opening Night, Concert Conversations, and the Governor’s Gala. Priced from $529 per person twin share or $506 for AFCM Friends.
  1. Closing Weekend Package: Revel in the exhilarating final weekend with a series of enchanting concerts, culminating in the Festival Farewell. Priced from $499 per person twin share, $479 for AFCM Members.
  1. Sunset Spectacular Package: Enjoy three consecutive days of sunset concerts with the Sunset Series, offering a magical mid-week retreat. Priced from $429 per person twin share, $416 for AFCM Members.

AFCM has also announced the three partner hotels including The Ville Resort-Casino, Grand Chancellor Townsville and Rydges Southbank Townsville.

Booking your AFCM Holiday Package is made easy and stress-free with Festival travel partner Gallivanter Travel Townsville as they can book everything including airfares, day tours and of course your preferred Festival holiday package. To book, visit afcm.com.au or call Gallivanter Travel on 07 4722 5050.

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Australian Festival of Chamber Music

26 July to 4 August 2024 in Townsville-Gurambilbarra, North Queensland

Concert tickets, Festival passes and holiday packages on sale NOW

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Options for full Festival passes include Gold and Gold Plus subscriptions, or pick and choose concerts with a Silver or Silver Plus subscription. Three-night holiday packages are also available now.

AFCM principal partners include Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and Arts Queensland, and Townsville City Council. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland. The Queensland Government supports the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) through Arts Queensland.

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