Welcome to the Archdiocese's retreat on Bribie Island, Queensland. Our site transports you back to our homeland of Greece. The white church perched on the hilltop, the sweet scent of the surrounding native bushland and the backdrop of the crystal clear, deep blue Pacific Ocean takes you back to your island village and the memories of a past era.
We have managed to capture these images by replicating an "Eklisaki" on the highest point of the site. A small kitchen allows us to provide barbeque and picnic style lunches after the Divine Liturgy providing that famous Greek hospitality to all who visit. This project offers a unique opportunity to celebrate our Greek and Australian heritage. It will be the first of its kind to be built and managed by a Greek Orthodox community here in Australia.
All this is part of a larger plan - to build a multi purpose youth and community retreat centre to encourage the spiritual, social, cultural and sporting development and education of our youth in an Orthodox Christian framework. The Church will be an integral part of this project.
The 12 acres or 5 Ha of native bushland is only 100 metres from the beach on Bribie Island, one hour's drive north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway. It is fully accessible by sealed road from Brisbane and is connected to the mainland by a one kilometre bridge. The quiet island is nestled between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. The passage of water separating Bribie Island and the mainland is known as the Pumistone Passage, an ecological sanctuary.
It is within a short stroll of the patrolled beach and the Woorim town centre commercial facilities, and within a short drive of municipal playing fields, water sports, beach 4-wheel driving and other water-based recreational activities.
Stage Two will include:
- 8 modern cabins accommodating 52 people. Each cabin has its own bathroom facilities
- A spacious dining and conference hall to accommodate 250 people with a fully equiped kitchen
- An elevated, covered walkway connecting all cabins and the hall that is compliant for disabled access via a ramp
- Carparking and a coach setdown area
- Additional tent camp sites