This week one of Sunshine Coast’s larger Outdoor Education facilities, Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) Mapleton, commenced work on new accommodation facilities to cater to a growing waiting list of schools attempting to access their award-winning Outdoor Education programs. In the first significant redevelopment of the site in twenty-five years, the Baptist Union of Queensland is investing $300,000 to create a third accommodation block of fully ensuited rooms, a renovation of existing amenities blocks and a new storage area for QCCC’s growing expeditions programs. Continue reading
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Expedition
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk wraps around QCCC Mapleton, the base for QCCC Expeditions. Gorges, waterfalls, rock pools, scenic views, warm subtropical rainforest and tall open eucalypt forest feature on this Great Walk through Kondalilla, Mapleton Falls and Mapleton national parks. Wildlife recorded in this area includes more than 100 species of birds, about 70 reptile species and more than 30 frog species.
QCCC has recently secured an increased permit for the area from the National Parks and Wildlife Service as well as the lease of the former Scout Camp on Kondalilla Falls Road from Sunshine Coast Regional Council. By combining this with camping grounds at Mapleton, the expedition potential of this Great Walk for school groups is able to be realised.
QCCC Tamborine hits 600!
I’m a graduate of Townsville’s Kirwan State High School, back in the day when it was one of the largest State Schools in Queensland. In the early grades there were nearly 500 of us in each year level and even in Grade 12 we numbered more than 300. With the exception of some theme specific camps (eg Biology and Leadership Camps) the sheer size of each of our cohorts meant we were denied the opportunity of a camping program.
Since becoming Director of Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) one of my driving desires has been to make sure no Queensland school student is denied the opportunity of a camping program on the basis of the size of their cohort. I’m pleased to announce a campsite capable of catering to the largest of year groups in Queensland schools. Through greater collaboration with adjoining facilities our Mountain Campus at Mount Tamborine (Gold Coast Hinterland) can now cater for single group bookings of up to 600 people. Continue reading
Port of Brisbane funds Expeditions in its own backyard
QCCC’s Expeditions programs have been given a shot in the arm through the provision of a generous grant from Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL). PBPL has provided $6,000 towards the purchase of a sea-kayak and extensive safety gear to enable QCCC to operate a Coastal Discovery Program and Moreton Bay Expedition to local and interstate schools.
QCCC: Key Statistics
3 sites containing a total of 800 beds – Brookfield in Brisbane (150 beds), Mapleton on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland (300 beds) and Tamborine Mountain on the Gold Coast Hinterland (350 beds).
- Growing offsite expeditions offered in Queensland and Northern NSW.
- Largest single provider of Outdoor Education Programs in Queensland.
- Catering to 50,000 guests annually (1000 per week on average).
- More than 300,000 meals served annually.
- Partnering with over 400 school groups annually.
- Capable of offering a differentiated sequential program for schools – on provider with different sites capable of constructing a varied program all the way from Grade 2 to Grade 12. Continue reading
Gold Coast Theme Park Camping Packages for schools
QCCC Tamborine is just a short drive away from the major Gold Coast Theme Parks, making it the perfect base for a Theme Park treat for school and church groups. Spend the days in the fun and sun of some of the Gold Coast’s most famous attractions before coming home to a sumptuous meal and modern accommodation.
The QCCC Tamborine packages include Theme Park entry and the option for packed lunches to accompany your group. Contact the QCCC Tamborine bookings staff for more details and pricing or click here for a brochure.
Outdoor Movies at QCCC Mapleton
QCCC Mapleton has recently installed an outdoor movie screen, a great new night time activity for both school camps and weekend groups. The unit is “plug and play”, enjoying a permanent data projector and DVD player in a weatherproof housing. QCCC Mapleton also has 150 camp chairs available exclusively for outdoor movies. It couldn’t be easier. Sit out under the stars and enjoy high quality movies. What camp memories are made of!
QCCC Tamborine ideal for Grade 7 “bonding” camps
With Grade 7 moving into High Schools in 2015 QCCC Tamborine is the ideal venue to consider for schools to establish a tradition of memorable Grade 7 “bonding” camps. Entering High School is always a big transition and schools will be drawing their cohort from multiple Primary Schools. Camp is a great way to “bond” an incoming Grade 7 cohort, setting them up to not just survive High School, but to thrive.
QCCC Tamborine’s size and flexibility means it’s well positioned to entertain Grade Seven, particularly for large schools searching for a campsite to cater to big groups. Not only does Tamborine boast 350 beds, there is also provision for another 150 students to camp in tents, providing a frontier feel to programs. QCCC Tamborine has 35 acres of glorious property overlooking Brisbane and Moreton Island, ideal for recreation, games and outdoor education. And it’s only a short drive away from the major Gold Coast theme parks for groups looking for a fun day out.
As a fully catered facility Tamborine can make your Grade 7 bonding camp easy, memorable and significant. For more details contact QCCC Tamborine or download our Grade 7 Camping Brochure and Information Sheet here.
QCCC wins major Outdoor Education Award
In a major coup for the Sunshine Coast Hinterland a local Outdoor Education Centre has received the 2013 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Award for Excellence in Outdoor Instruction and Education. Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) are this year’s recipients of the prestigious industry award recognising excellence in Outdoor Education programs.
QCCC’s largest Outdoor Education facility has been a vital part of the Mapleton community for more than thirty years. QCCC Mapleton is one of the busiest school camping venues in Queensland entertaining 30,000 guests annually. More than 20,000 of these are school students attending camps with more than 200 individual school groups. QCCC Mapleton is one of Mapleton’s largest employers with 50 staff and a significant attraction to the local area.
QCCC Director Andrew Grant believes a large part of QCCC’s success comes from locating its largest site in the natural beauty of the Blackall Range. “There’s no doubt we enjoy a natural advantage by bringing city kids into the mountains where they’re immersed in the stunning beauty of the Range. We must have one of the most stunning classrooms in Queensland”.
Throughout 2012 QCCC Mapleton created and built eight new activities specifically designed around the Australian Curriculum. This was a staff-driven effort with the initial “draft activities” significantly altered and enhanced through the participation of staff members primarily responsible for their delivery.