QCCC Tamborine hits 600!

Tent Camping Queensland Schools
LArge School Campsite Queensland
Outdoor Education at QCCC’s Mountain Campus

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

QCCC wins major Outdoor Education Award

WINNER 2013 Award Logo
Queensland Conference and Camping Centres is the winner of the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Award for Excellence in Outdoor Instruction and Education.

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.

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Wedding Package at QCCC Tamborine

Budget Wedding on Mount Tamborine
Wedding Package on Mount Tamborine with Accommodation!

QCCC Tamborine now offers a very affordable wedding package for your special day (or weekend). Using the breathtaking CMS Centre on Tamborine Mountain you can have your wedding and reception in one beautiful location and accommodate travelling guests, all for an unbelievable introductory price. The Reception venue sits on the very edge of the escarpment enjoying jaw-dropping views through a National Park over Moreton Bay and Brisbane.

The starting package of $5,000 includes:

•Beautiful garden setting for the ceremony (or have your ceremony at several other mountain locations).
•Buffet-style reception for 80 guests.
•Use of all onsite accommodation for two nights (80 beds).

The reception venue can cater to up to 120 guests and QCCC Tamborine staff will gladly quote a price specific to your needs. For more information contact QCCC Tamborine. bookings@tamborine.qccc.com.au

Australian Curriculum Activities in 2013

Environmental awareness school camp
QCCC Mapleton’s amazing Nature Display will feature heavily in a new activity on Environmental Awareness.

The Australian Curriculum is a major development in the Australian educational sector and QCCC have spent most of 2012 planning new and improved methods to assist schools to achieve the outcomes expected of the new regime. Now we’re hard at work building seven new activities based on the Australian Curriculum to be ready for Term One next year. 

Programs and activities developed by Mapleton’s Outdoor Education team will also make their way to QCCC’s two other sites at Brookfield and Tamborine, though with slight adaptations to make them appropriate to the client base at those Centres.

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QCCC expands to cope with schools demand

School camp Sunshine Coast Queensland
QCCC Mapleton's capacity has increased to 300 beds

Queensland Conference and Camping Centres has finalised expansions at two of its facilities.  QCCC Mapleton and QCCC Tamborine have both increased their capacity by a further 50 beds, and each site can now accommodate 300 guests at a time.

The expansion at QCCC Mapleton is particularly welcome as it is currently fully booked during school terms and turns away numerous groups seeking to access its innovative outdoor education programs.   The expansion provides the opportunity for QCCC Mapleton to cater to two extra school groups each week of the academic year.  It can also cater to larger conferences and events on the weekends.

QCCC Mapleton introduces the “Acacia Complex”.  Acacia Room A is an air-conditioned dormitory sleeping 32 guests, next to a large ablution block and not far away from the Mapleton swimming pool complex.  Acacia Rooms B-D are converted ensuite cabins, sleeping 10 people each, in air-conditioned comfort. 

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“This is what it is all about!”

Participants at the recent Father-daughter camp at Pioneers

A reflection from one of our staff members at QCCC Tamborine on why we do what we do.

Hi everyone

Just have to share something quickly on the weekend….it impacted me big time! As you know, the pressure was on for us to get the Pioneers site finished, and we were completely worn out by Friday night leading into Saturday.

My Mum and her friend came to visit for Sunday Lunch and so I took them for a stroll around the camps on the Sunday morning, with the 3 groups on site.  We got to Pioneers and got chatting with Andrew and Darren from Fathering Adventures, in the hall.  I went outside to control our dog, who was with us, and a little girl from the Fathering Adventures camp, came to us to pat him. Continue reading

Introducing Pioneers @ Tamborine

Sunset at QCCC Pioneers

Extensive renovations on QCCC Tamborine’s newest facility are close to completion.  The QCCC Tamborine Pioneers campsite is an exciting new option for niche groups to consider on Tamborine Mountain.

QCCC Pioneers has several points of difference.  Firstly the rooms are significantly smaller than the average campsite, with the campsite containing 16 modern rooms sleeping only three people in each room (for a total capacity of 48 people).  This is likely to prove popular for adult groups who want fewer people to a room and also has significant potential for couples’ retreats.

Pioneers has also been established to be a site to cater to groups on a budget.  All QCCC sites are fully catered, but basic catering options will be available at QCCC Pioneers with fully-catered weekend packages starting at $84 per person for a two night, catered getaway. 

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Aaron Parry plays QCCC Tamborine

Aaron Parry QCCC TamborineQueensland Conference and Camping Centres are proud to partner with and promote Aaron Parry and his message in music to teenage groups. A member of staff at QCCC Tamborine, Aaron is able to perform for guest groups at Tamborine, making available his talent to connect with the heart of his generation.

At 17 years of age, Aaron Parry is a rare ambassador inspiring his generation. Aaron’s compelling story of high school bullying, suicide attempts and the rescue of heaven draws his audience towards a message of HOPE.

Throughout the year Aaron performs and shares at high school events, youth groups, public events or recovery facilities for youth. Experiences on the road and practice in serving the visions of others make it easy for Aaron to bring exactly what’s needed at any event. His servant heart and passion, affords dedication and professionalism.

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EXLR8 your Leadership Camp at QCCC

Leadership Camps Queensland Schools High Schools
Team initiatives are an essential part of the EXLR8 Leadership experience

The EXLR8 Leadership Development Program is an innovative and highly sought after Leadership Development program in Queensland schools. Queensland Conference and Camping Centres are proud to partner with EXLR8 to make their programs and format accessible to schools in South East Queensland.

Exlr8  is more than a tick and flick approach to leadership development that presents the technicalities of becoming a leader, or employing a seminar based methodology that simply acknowledges and espouses the processes and procedures of how leadership works, exlr8 focuses on developing the priority and principles of leadership within a student leader. 

Utilising an intrinsic action/reflection approach is purposely designed to help students develop character based decision making capacity through helping them reconstruct their personal story and growing in their understanding of who they are as people and helping them to understand how they influence others around them.

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