“On Country” Aboriginal Cultural Experience – Full Day Tour
Delegates will take a bus to the fabled Blackall Range (formerly Bunya Mountains) in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland. These were home to the legendary Bunya Festival, the largest pre-colonial gathering of Aboriginal people on the mainland, a time of feasting, story-telling and community reconciliation. Partnered with Queensland Baptists’ camping ministry, the TribalLink Cultural Awareness Centre, led by Aboriginal Christians, is a place of national reconciliation pointing to a spiritual narrative.
Participants will be provided with an experiential approach to the pre-contact lifestyle of the local custodians, the Jinibara and Kabi Kabi People. The day will include a rainforest walk on Queensland Baptists’ 55-acre camp property, including a bush tucka trail and interpretation of local flora and fauna (including a world class butterfly display) before a bushfood inspired lunch. A corrobboree and story-telling experience will also take place in TribalLink’s Rainforest Arena, including a Q & A on Aboriginal customs and society, and how the TribalLink leaders integrate a Christian worldview and approach into the TribalLink program.
Baptist Camping in Queensland (A Study Tour) – Full Day Tour on Tuesday, July 8
Camping Ministry has been an integral and integral part of worldwide Baptist witness. Australian statistics suggest 1 in 2 conversions or rededications take place at camp. In 2025, Queensland Baptists’ camping ministry, Queensland Conference and Camping Centres (QCCC), will be in its 99th year of ministry. It began as a ministry to returned World War I veterans on a steamboat in Moreton Bay.
In Australia, the focus of camp venues is less on summer or holiday camps (though these still take place), and more on partnership with schools – both Christian and secular. QCCC is Queensland’s largest provider of outdoor education programming across its 4 venues and expedition programs. This tour will take place in QCCC’s largest venue, the custom-built QCCC Mapleton venue, situated on a spectacular 55-acre rainforest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Your tour guide, QCCC’s Director of Camping Andrew Grant, will lead you through QCCC’s values-based approach to camp programming (based on Romans 12 and the Beatitudes) and QCCC’s Triple Mandate Ministry strategy. The tour will take place while it is operationally hosting a denominational youth camp and will include lunch and a tour of the innovative TribalLink Cultural Awareness Centre.
- Live Business Session
- Worship Session
- Online Networking / Connection Time