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Why choose us?

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Reasons to visit BIEEC

BIEEC is in a unique location allowing our curriculum to emphasize the natural coastal, marine and reef environments and human use of these areas. Our range of activities aims to be enjoyable, exciting, challenging, practical, first-hand experiences with various aspects of the environment.

A Baker’s Dozen

1. BIEEC is a curriculum driven facility.

Children preparing for kayaking

Activities undertaken are directly linked to the Australian Curriculum or to a school’s Health and Wellbeing Framework. We are not just another camp site.

2. BIEEC is staffed by educational professionals

Our staff are teachers who have had to undertake additional training. Teachers have, in addition to their teaching qualifications, Certificates in Public Safety, Outdoor Recreation, Maritime Operations, Workplace Training and First Aid.

3. BIEEC provides educational experiences for students beyond the capacity of the classroom

Children under a tree

The outdoor environment and the specialised equipment of the centre allows for learning experiences simply not possible in a classroom.

4. BIEEC provides educational experiences that meet the specific needs of your students

Individual programs are personalised in consultation with the class teacher for each visit.

5. BIEEC staff deliver the program

Children in a field

Why visit a location and then have to deliver most or the entire program yourself?

6. BIEEC has access to the widest diversity of habitats compared to other locations

Studies undertaken emphasise a unique combination of freshwater coastal, reef and marine environments and human use of these areas.

7. BIEEC integrates the use of ICTs into its program

Girls siting by a computer
Whether it is data loggers, music synthesisers, environmental monitoring gear or using our computer laboratory, ICTs are integrated into a program.

8. BIEEC is the best equipped state-run outdoor or environmental education centre in Queensland

Our range of environmental monitoring gear, ICTs and outdoor education equipment, such as high and low ropes, boats or canoes, is second to none.

9. BIEEC is conveniently located

As a curriculum driven education facility, the concept of a ‘bush camp’ is not accurate. Our convenient location in the seaside township of Boyne Island means that transport costs are reduced. We cater for a busload of people (54); that is, around 2 classes.

10. BIEEC has comfortable facilities

A building 

Although modest, we have everything you require for a comfortable stay. You stay in Safari Cabins that have electric lighting and bunks. We can also supply linen as an optional extra. Kitchen, dining room and classroom are all air-conditioned. There are 3 toilet and shower blocks which means that when we are at our maximum capacity there is still one toilet or shower for every 6 people.

11. BIEEC allows catering options

There is a catering option for every budget and convenience. Whether you want caterers to provide for you or cook your own, the choice is yours. Even if you cook your own, we can provision for you to save bringing food long distances but you can also bring your own. Local supermarkets mean that you can purchase food at Boyne Island. You can try bush cooking on open fires, a BBQ or cook pizzas in our wood fired ovens.

12. BIEEC is safe

Safety is part of our culture rather than simply a CARA form that is ticked off. We strive to ensure that all risks are “As Low As Reasonably Possible (ALARP)”. It is only in a safe environment that children can feel confident to learn and grow.

13. BIEEC has conveniently located emergency services

We have an enviable safety record. However, if something were to happen, we have immediate access to medical, dental and ambulance services. Gladstone hospital is only 30 minutes away by car and there is a bulk billing medical centre 500 metres from the centre.

BIEEC is not just a camp venue, it is:

A partner in the education of your students

However,

If you are seeking a great location for your self run camp, we are still available. Our ancillary staff will ensure that your stay is as smooth running as possible.

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Last reviewed 26 March 2019
Last updated 26 March 2019