Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition details

QCCC intends to conduct several Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions throughout 2011.  Details of proposed dates appear below, however please note the proposed trips will only proceed if minimum participant numbers are reached.  For more details please contact QCCC Mapleton.

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Camping on a sea-kayak trip

Training Day- 8th July 2011

Training Exped- 18th-19th July 2011
Assessment Exped- 1st & 2nd August 2011
Training Day- 19th September 2011
Training Exped- 11th-13th October 2011
Assessment Exped- 6th-8th December 2011
Training Day- 10th October 2011
Training Exped- 17th-20th October 2011
Assessment Exped- 5th-8th December 2011
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Making the news

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Some of the views off the Blackall Range (Image via Wikipedia)

The Hinterland Times is a monthly publication covering the Blackall Range (home of QCCC Mapleton) and the areas immediately inland from the Sunshine Coast (eg the small towns around the Glasshouse Mountains like Beerwah and Landsborough).

Each month the Times has a column called “Tree Changers” featuring people who have recently re-located to the Hinterland from further away, asking them why they have relocated and what they like about living in their new location.

Anyone who has visited QCCC Mapleton would need no convincing that moving to the Blackall Range is not a tough ask.  The rain-forest beauty of the mountains in such close proximity to the large population areas of South East Queensland is exactly what makes Mapleton one of Queensland’s most sought after destinations for camping and conferencing.

The November edition of the Hinterland Times featured our very own Director of Camping, Andrew Grant and wife Anne, talking about their relocation from Dubbo to Mapleton to assume the position.

It can be found online here:  http://www.hinterlandtimes.com.au/2010/11/04/andrew-anne-grant/

Outdoor Education the Mapleton Way

Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC) Mapleton proudly takes an holistic approach to its outdoor education programs. 
QCCC Mapleton has an extensive range of outdoor education focussed adventure activities for guests to enjoy.

We have a team of highly qualified, full-time, outdoor educators whose sole purpose is to provide programs of excellence that build into the lives and programs of our guests. Because of this QCCC Mapleton cannot always match the monetary price of the other options but we will always back our safety record and the quality of our product and experience.

Mapleton Centre’s programmed activities are perfect for school, corporate, youth and family groups whose goals are to have fun while challenging themselves by stepping out of their everyday environment.

Built within our spectacular rainforest setting, high on the Blackall Range, our guests enjoy a wide range of challenges and activities that promote teamwork, communication and build self confidence. Our activities are a great opportunity for people of all ages to embark on a uniquely different series of mental and physical activities that will challenge you as an individual and groups as a whole.  Our guests choose from the following activities:

QCCC Tamborine’s new Meeting Centre

QCCC Tamborine will offer a new Meeting Centre facility in 2011 to enhance its growing reputation as a quality provider of affordable retreats, conferences and school camps.  With breathtaking views over Brisbane and just a short drive from the Gold Coast, the Meeting Centre will be a welcome addition to QCCC Tamborine’s quality accommodation and catered facilities.

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The new Tamborine Meeting Centre enjoys spectacular views from a beautiful garden setting.

Available from early January 2011 the Meeting Centre is located next to QCCC’s CMS site and enjoys sweeping views off the escarpment over Moreton Bay. The building is set in tranquil garden surrounds and also has a deck to enjoy the view, the trees and the bird life.

Inside the Meeting Centre contains a main meeting/performance area that can hold up to 70 people and several smaller seminar rooms that can contain up to 20 people.  This makes the Meeting Centre ideal for a range of applications including conferences and seminars, music and drama camps and school spiritual retreats. 

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Take a fresh look: QCCC Tamborine

We’re going to start a series on the changes at our three South East Queensland conference and camping sites in recent years.

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An overhead shot of Tamborine Lodge and the WEC Centre. QCCC Tamborine.

If you haven’t been to a QCCC site for a few years you’ll likely be surprised by the changes and improvements to each site. Take a Fresh Look will guide you through some of the major developments.

QCCC Tamborine is on top of Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It is located 35 kilometres from the Gold Coast, with the road there twisting up the mountain to an elevation of 500 metres above sea level.

The Tamborine property is at the end of Beacon Road and consists of over 50 acres of breathtaking open space. The Beacon Road property was originally a farm that was given over to a Convention ministry. Over the years one acre blocks were parceled off and various congregations and ministry organisations developed them into sites to complement the main Convention site.

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Activities on camp at QCCC


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The climbing wall at QCCC Mapleton


Anyone who has visited QCCC Mapleton will know it has an amazing range of outdoor education activities to choose from – a massive climbing wall, abseil tower, canoeing, flying foxes, giant swings and archery, to mention a few. 

Each of our sites cater to different guest needs and event styles.  QCCC Tamborine is a wonderful location for retreats, conferences and has close proximity to the major Gold Coast attractions.  QCCC Brookfield is conveniently located near the heart of Brisbane and is a great destination for schools doing Brisbane camps.  Its up-market facilities also make it highly sought after for conferences and corporate retreats.

Our Director

Queensland Conference and Camping Centre’s newly appointed Director of Camping is 39 year-old Andrew Grant.

QCCC's new Director of Camping, Andrew Grant

Andrew was appointed to the position in late 2009 response to the growing success of QCCC’s three main sites.  His role is to oversee operations at its three South East Queensland facilities, ensure that QCCC maintains its high standards and take responsibility for the development of new programs and services.

Andrew and his family, wife Anne and three boys Joseph, Timothy and Elijah moved to Mapleton from Dubbo, NSW, where Andrew was the Director of Business and Finance with Cornerstone Community.  Andrew’s previous role included being a franchisee of two outlets of Domino’s Pizza and provided a thorough grounding in the business and youth work roles essential to a successful camping operation. 

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