Furniture Making Packages

Time always runs away from us and holidays could always be a little longer. In a first for Australia, Sweetwater Lodge provides you with an outstanding experience and memories that you can literally take home with you!

Creative Furniture Workshop, Accommodation and Dining Packages

Take a Slice of Sweetwater home with you… Literally!
Hone your creative skills and enjoy the satisfaction of building your own piece of timber furniture while holidaying in sublime comfort in your private luxury retreat in Sweetwater’s beautiful surroundings on the northern tip of the Atherton Tablelands.Ever since Sweetwater opened its doors, our guests’ feedback has always reflected on the beautiful landscape together with the quality of the lodges, and in particular the timber furniture and kitchens that were exclusively designed and made by owner/facilitator Glenn Cambage.
Now we are delighted to offer you an opportunity to stay in our exclusive accommodation, eat the finest quality food and learn to make your own piece of furniture to take home with you and cherish forever. (For non local guests items can be packaged and transported at an additional cost).
Furniture Workshop Packages are open to couples or individuals. If only one half of a couple wish to partake in the creative workshop that is welcome too. Please see prices provided.
*Please note:  Shipping of furniture items if required is an extra charge at cost.

Explore the Area

After two days in the workshop the rest of your time is free to explore the area whether it is a drive through the magnificent Atherton Tablelands, the Daintree Rainforest or a day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Here at Sweetwater we encourage you to explore the region that we are proud to call home. However Sweetwater is also the ideal location to simply relax and get away from it all, have a walk through our rainforest, swim in our many creek waterholes or simply enjoy watching the fabulous nature around you from the comfort of your own private retreat.


Your teacher/facilitator

Glenn, a furniture designer and maker will tutor you on how to master the tools and build your own piece of furniture chosen from his APS range, (affordable, practical and stylish.), which was developed to meet a gap in the market place. Over the past 20 years Glenn has been designing and creating individual pieces for shops, homes and luxury holiday lodges. Passionate about Australian timber, Glenn is a wealth of knowledge and his optimistic and creative approach to the craft is addictive.


Your days at Sweetwater are catered for by Wendy who has created  a varied menu using best quality produce, to suit guests’ individual culinary preferences. Passionate about food and fresh produce Wendy was trained from an early age in catering and food preparation. All food is freshly prepared and delivered to your lodge ready for you for you to cook at your leisure and eat in the privacy of your own al fresco kitchen. Each luxury lodge is well equipped with a four burner cooktop, a Weber BBQ and good quality utensils.

Our Fully Inclusive 4 night Accommodation/Dining and Creative Workshop Package

Monday to Friday


$2230 – includes all food and luxury accommodation for 2 people for 4 nights, plus 1 Person Creative Furniture Workshop + your own hand crafted piece of furniture to take/ship home.

$2750 – includes all food and luxury accommodation for 2 people for 4 nights, plus 2 Person Creative Furniture Workshop and two pieces of hand crafted furniture to take/ship home. (This price includes a $ 100 discount on the furniture workshop for couples undertaking the workshop together.)

  • Arrival Monday pm, welcome drinks and dinner at Sweetwater Lodge.
  • 4 day Gourmet Breakfast Hamper with the best of local produce.
  • All gourmet dinners catered/prepared for you.
  • 2 day furniture workshop, (Tuesday and Wednesday) plus freshly prepared morning tea and lunch.
  • All materials to make your own piece of furniture
  • One full free day ,Thursday (while Glenn lacquers your finished pieces). Relax at Sweetwater or explore the best the region has to offer including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands.
  • Thursday evening: Farewell drinks and canapés together with presentation of finished furniture pieces.
  • Friday 10:00am check-out.
View the Calendar for available dates

Example Dinner Menu

2 dips and ciabatta bread – choose from home-made hummus, roasted red capsicum and chili, tuna,capers onion and mayo, herb and fetta cheese dip, black olive tapenade, tzatziki, guacamole (seasonal)

Main Event:
Fresh Cajun coated salmon fillets ready for the char-grill or BBQ
Served with:  Freshly Prepared Kipfler Potato Salad – baby capers, parsley, shallots, lemon/lime mayo, garnished with snow pea sprouts 
together with Mixed Salad of Seasonal Produce – lettuce leaves, tomato, cucumber, capsicum, red onion, fresh herbs and French vinegarette.

To Finish:
Dessert Cake of the Day – Examples:  Lemon Tart, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Cherry Tart, Lemon Cheesecake, served with whipped cream.

Alternative Self-Catering Packages

3 or 4 nights
3 Night Self-catering Midweek Packages – Monday to Thursday

Check-in Monday, workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, depart Thursday


$1485 – includes luxury accommodation for 2 people for 3 nights, plus 1 Person Creative Furniture Workshop + your own piece of furniture to take/ship home. Price also includes freshly prepared morning tea and lunch for workshop participent only.

$2045 – includes luxury accommodation for 2 people for 3 nights, plus 2 Person Creative Furniture Workshop + 2 pieces of furniture to take/ship home. Price also includes freshly prepared morning tea and lunch for workshop participents.

4 Night Self-catering Midweek Package – Monday to Friday

Check-in Monday, workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, free day Thursday, depart Friday.


$1735 – 2 people for 4 nights luxury accommodation, 1 person workshop, inclusions as per 3 night package above

$2295 – 2 people  for 4 nights luxury accommodation, 2 person workshop, inclusions as per 3 night package above

Frequently asked questions

Are all the materials supplied?
Yes! All the materials for the workshops are supplied – all you need to bring is yourself and a can-do attitude!
Can I participate if I don’t have any woodworking experience?
Yes! Beginners and experienced crafts people are welcome to participate and create a project that you are proud to put your name to. No previous woodworking experience is necessary.
We are a couple looking to have a holiday, but only my husband wants to participate in the workshop.
No problem. The workshop is open to both parties of a couple or just one half of a couple staying. There are prices to suit both options.
Can we purchase this package as a gift?
Yes! Gift Certificates are available. We feel it is a great gift for a cherished family member/friend or that difficult to buy for person who would love an experience, or even a fantastic idea for a  wedding present! A course date must be fixed within 6 months of issue.
Are our meals included in the package?
Yes! With the all-inclusive package all meals are catered for with the exception of lunch on Thursday. No need to bring any food unless you would like to bring your own snacks.
I have special dietary requirements, is this a problem?
We are able to provide for people with special dietary requirements if notified in advance.
Will we be given an itinerary?
Yes! A detailed itinerary is forwarded to you upon booking, together with a menu from which to pre-select your dinner choices.
Are there Self Catering options instead of having meals included?
Yes! There are self-catering options available. Please see prices provided.
How many people will be participating?
The workshop is run with two guests up to a maximum of 4 guests.
How can I take my furniture piece home after my holiday?
It is possible to have your item of furniture shipped following your departure. However there is an additional charge depending on delivery address.
Is dinner included on the night we arrive?
Yes! Dinner is cooked for you on your first night and enjoyed with a glass of wine together with your hosts alongside Sweetwater’s beautiful freshwater creek. This will give you a chance to get to know your friendly hosts, Glenn and Wendy. *Does not apply to self-catering options, but can be ordered at time of booking at an additional cost.
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