Join the spirit....be active....live life....build the future!
The youth of today are our leaders of tomorrow... and the Greek Orthodox Church is determined to nurture this
precious resource. The development of the Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre will provide an oasis from the struggles
of everyday living. It will offer an environment for the development of young lives for a positive future in
harmony with nature. As an educational facility it will enhance the spiritual, physical, cultural and intellectual
development of young people of Orthodox faith and from the broader community from throughout Australia. It is also intended that the Centre will
grow to support the broader social, cultural, recreational and educational needs of the wider community.
The master plan incorporates the following:
- Church dedicated to Panagia
- Amenities block (storage/toilets/kitchen)
- Caretaker's residence
- Accommodation for 120 people (12 accommodation cabins)
- Camping grounds including amenities (showers/toilets/laundry)
- Auditorium (dining area/community activities)
- Amphitheatre for open air lectures
- Fields for team sports
- Bush walking tracks and environmental education facilities
- Coach and car parking
Infrastructure connections: electricity, water, sewer, kerb and channeled road access including a creek culvert were completed in 2000. Building construction commenced in 2002 and was completed in 2003. The Church and amenities block together with stair and ramp access and associated landscaping are now complete.
A caretaker's residence, "Kastellorizo House" has been established on site through the generous donation of the Kastellorizian Association of Queensland who had pledged $52,000 towards the construction of the first accommodation cabin. The Federal Government grant of $1.9 million has enabled the completion of this stage and will include:
- An additional 7 modern cabins
- A spacious dining and conference hall to accommodate 250 people with a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and manager's office
- 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
We seek the support of community associations and groups to help fund the furniture, recreation, electronic
and office equipment, kitchen appliances and consumables. The grant is for the construction only of this stage. Please donate.
A donations form is available on the donations page.
The final stage is the construction of the remaining accommodation cabins, amphitheatre and playing field. At completion is will be Australia's most advanced, eco-friendly and energy efficient youth camp and education facility. It will accommodate school, youth and other groups of any size up to 120 people in comfortable cabin accommodation. Larger groups can be catered for with the campground accommodation. It will boast state of the art facilities for conventions and conferences for educationalists from around Australia and beyond.
The camp has been sensitively designed to minimize its footprint on the island environment. The planners and architects have envisioned a facility more than a youth camp. Through ingenious design and planning the accommodation cabins are suitable for families, seniors and special needs groups when not booked by schools and other youth groups. Through ingenious design taking advantage of the natural, subtropical island setting, the Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre will benefit generations of young people from throughout Australia as they grow and develop into the community builders and leaders of the future.