Information for Schools
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Venues for Student Sessions 15 and 16 July 2021

Venues will be allocated based on ticket sales and published before the Festival begins.

Road to Reading travel assistance

Whitsunday Voices wants the Festival to be as inclusive as possible. We therefore invite schools who find the cost of transporting students to the Festival prohibitive, to apply for a travel subsidy.

The subsidy is allocated on a needs basis. Distance from Whitsunday Anglican School and number of tickets booked will be factored into the decision making process.

The Road to Reading Travel Subsidy application forms is available here.

Applications close on 18 June 2021.

For more information about travel assistance, call 4969 2076 or email [email protected]

Festival Bookshop and book signings

The Festival Bookshop stocks an extensive range of books by all the authors and presenters attending Whitsunday Voices. The Bookshop will be open on Thursday 15,July and Friday 16 July from 8.00am until 3.00pm, and is located in the Mienert Centre (Library) across from the Plaza Lunchbox. At the end of their sessions all authors head straight to the bookshop area to sign books.

The Bookshop accepts cash, EFTPOS and VISA/MASTERCARD.

The Bookshop is run by volunteers who are able to assist with queries during the Festival.

If you wish to pre-order any books, the pre-order form can be found here.

Booking information

Tickets cost $8 per student per session (GST Inclusive).

For school bookings, complimentary tickets are provided to accompanying teachers, allocated on the basis of one complimentary ticket per 10 students (additional teachers are required to purchase tickets).

Workshops cost $15 per student with a limit of six students per school.

Bookings can only be processed on receipt of full payment.

There are no refunds or exchanges once bookings are processed. Your tickets should be printed once your online booking is processed. 

Purchasing your tickets

Tickets will be on sale from 21st May 2021. Many sessions have limited numbers, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Tickets will be available for purchase online.

Do not print tickets for all your students. Just bring a booking confirmation. Your tickets will be reflected on a door list.

You may contact TRACEY GURDLER for advice about ticket sales and bookings:

Phone: 07 4969 2076

Email: [email protected]

School bookings and reservation policy

Tickets cannot be reserved online. If you wish to reserve tickets, contact Whitsunday Voices via email [email protected] or call 07 4969 2018. Tickets can be reserved for up to 14 days without payment. Full payment for all tickets reserved must be received within 14 days of initial booking. If payment is not received, your booking will automatically be cancelled. Once a booking has been cancelled, tickets will be released.

Food services

The Plaza Lunchbox, located opposite the Festival Bookshop, will provide a variety of sandwiches, hot and cold food, cakes and drinks. A BBQ area and coffee van will operate from the Festival Hub near the Plaza Lunchbox. 

The menu from cafe2U can be found here. 

All outlets are open throughout the Festival, however guests are most welcome to bring their own packed lunches.

Schools are encouraged to pre-order food from the Plaza Lunchbox and BBQ area to avoid queues and also expedite the receipt of orders. Pre-order can be made via email to [email protected] or phone: 07 4969 2018. Payment can be made in advance or on the day. 


We encourage students to bring a small carry bag, as some venues have limited access for school bags. We advise students to leave valuables at home for safety reasons.

Photography permissions

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival will have photographers and videographers on site to record events throughout the Festival. These photos are for marketing purposes and purchase of a ticket implies permission to use these photos.

About venues

Venues for the author sessions will be allocated closer to the Festival. The capacity of the Whitsunday Anglican School venues vary, so final venue allocation is determined according to the number of tickets purchased for a session. Those who hold the Festival Booking Confirmation will be greeted by a volunteer at the entrance of the school and directed to the correct venues, together with an outline of venue allocations for all Student Sessions.

Festival Map

View 2021 Festival Map Here

Festival access

Access to the Festival is via Celeber Drive, with drop off at the front of the School. Buses are to only use the Celeber Drive drop off point.


Private cars and small groups are to use the internal roundabout off Nicklin Drive.

Information booths are located at both entrances. These booths are manned by volunteers who are easily identified.


For more information, please contact the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival office.

General Enquiry: Tracey Gurdler on 07 4969 2076

Booking Enquiry: Liz Russell on 07 4969 2018

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Address: Whitsunday Anglican School,

Celeber Drive, North Mackay, QLD 4740


"Lots of gratitude here to so many people for coordinating and facilitating the opportunity for our children to attend the Whitsunday Voices Festival. Events like this certainly help bridge the gap for our distance learners. I know my boys have been inspired and intrigued with this exposure to quote "real life" authors and have some take home messages about story outlines and creating characters. This event has expanded the imagination, knowledge and experience of 2 little boys in our household and of course inspired even more reading ..... and that is a very good thing."

Ainsley McArthur, July 20, 2014