Symposium Frequently Asked Questions

Quick links

When:  Nature Play Symposium, 11 March, 8.30am to 5pm.

When:  Intro to Forest Learning & Nature Play Spaces Workshops, 10 March, 8.30am to 4pm.

Where: The Gold Coast Recreation Centre is located at 1525 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Qld 4221.  It's just one hour's drive from Brisbane, without traffic. Or 15 minutes from Gold Coast Airport.

Map:  Venue Map here (coming soon)

Program:  View Online. or View as PDF to print


Symposium Registration

Nature Play registration desk will be outside the Recreation Centre Main Entrance. 

Fri 10 March: Registration desk will open for workshops at 8am

Sat 11 March:  Registration desk will open for Symposium at 7.30am.  Please come early so that you have plenty of time to walk to the room and enjoy some tea or coffee before the official welcome starts at 8.30am. At 9am, registration desk will be moved to the Main Presentation venue.  If you are running very late, after 9am, the Tallebudgera Recreation Centre Staff can help bring you through the gated area.


Breakout Workshop Registration

Delegates will be emailed after 5pm on Friday 3 March (after ticket sales close) asking you for your break-out group session preferences.  Please respond as soon as possible, by 2pm Tuesday 7 March.

Find more info here on Break-out speaker sessions and bios to read more about which one interests you.

We will ask for your desired preferences and we will endeavour to provide everyone with their first preference. Colleagues from the same organisation are more likely to be divided into second or third preferences if you’re booked into the same workshop, and if it’s over-capacity.


What to bring:

  1. A thing of nature for the ‘Collective Visioning’ session: If you feel so inspired, bring along a small prop that reminds you of why Nature Play is important or what you like about playing outdoors. It could be a pebble, twig, leaf, shell, hay, grass, fossil, flower, dirt etc. perhaps a photo. The only provisos - keep it small & gather from what is already fallen.
  2. Paper and a pen – please bring your own; this helps us keep the ticket price down.
  3. Sun safety items – a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Some of our sessions are outside.
  4. Water bottle – we’ll have water, but you may want a bottle to take to your breakout workshops or nature play activities.
  5. If you’re doing early morning activities - bring a change of clothes, towel, togs, etc
  6. If you’re doing Madeline Avci’s workshop - please bring a bucket and spade.
  7. Wet weather gear – poncho and umbrella if rain is forecast.  Remember, there’s no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.


What’s the dress code?

Smart & comfortable work attire.  We recommend something that is easy to move and play in, something that will keep you reasonably protected from the sun, and sensible shoes. It’s pretty hard to nature play in heels, and the Welcome to Country is on the beach.


Is there internet?

No. Tallebudgera Recreation Centre doesn’t have Wi-Fi. Please plan to use the data from your phone or device.  Love Twitter?  Use #NaturePlayQLD and #NaturePlaySymposium2017


Transport and Parking

  • Overnight parking - There is dedicated parking for delegates with accommodation.  You will need to gain instructions to drive through to overnight parking.  It might suit you to park temporarily and seek help from our registration desk or staff admin before heading towards the gates to overnight parking.  Please feel welcome to drop your luggage and then find a park.
  • General parking - While there’s a large car-park out the front of Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, it is also popular with beach-going families, so we anticipate some parking traffic on Saturday morning.  Please add time to your journey in case you need to find alternative parking and end up needing to walk an unexpected distance.
  • Car Pooling – got a spare seat in your car? Looking for a lift? Why not car-pool?!  Use the Symposium Facebook Event Page to communicate if you’ve got space or if you’re in need of a lift.  (Feel free to double-check with us that they’re a legitimate Symposium delegate if you’d like, for your safety).
  • Public Transport – There’s a bus stop right outside Tallebudgera Creek Leisure Centre, from both directions along the Gold Coast Highway.  Search busses 700, 764 or 765 on Translink 


Accommodation & checking in

Accommodation is in shared bunk accommodation.  You will be allocated to your room, unless you’ve already requested specific dorm mates.  There’s 30 to 40 delegates staying on-site both nights. 

A towel, bedding (including pillow, sheets and blanket) are included in your accommodation package. Please bring soap and other toiletries.

Check-out is 11am.


If you arrive on Friday for the workshops and you’re staying overnight.

Register at 8am for the 8.30 am start. We will direct you to leave your bags safely in the cloakroom within the squash court of the Leisure Centre.  Check-in with Tallebudgera Centre Staff after your workshop ends.  

If you're a Symposium delegate, you'll need to re-register as a Symposium delegate on Saturday morning at the Nature Play registration stand between 7.30am and 8.20am.  If you are not staying overnight Saturday, you can keep your bags safely in the squash court cloackroom during the Symposium on Saturday, which opens at 7am.


If you arrive on Friday night as a delegate for Saturday morning:

Check-in with the Tallebudgera Recreation Centre Administration between 4pm and 8pm.  Return to the Symposium registration desk on Saturday morning to check-in as a delegate between 7.30am and 8.20am.


If you arrive on Saturday, just in time for the 6am activities:

You can use the amenities in the Tallebudgera Leisure Centre to shower after your activities and you may leave your bags in the squash-courts, serving as our cloakroom, which opens at 7am.  You will be able to check-in to your accommodation after 5pm.


If you arrive on Saturday from 7am:

Depending on parking traffic, you may wish park temporarily while you drop-off your bags to keep in the squash court of the Leisure Centre, which we're using as a cloakroom; it opens at 7am.  Then you can be shown through the gates to overnight parking.  The Nature Play Symposium registration desk opens at 7.30am outside the main Recreation Centre building.  You can check-in to your accommodation after 5pm.



  • Delegate meals:  Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be served at the Symposium.  Dietary requirements have already been obtained at ticket purchase.  Tea and coffee is available from 8am in the main presentation venue after registration.
  • Pre-purchased breakfasts: will be served between 7.30am and 8am in the dining hall.
  • Kiosk: The Tallebudgera Creek Leisure Centre also has a kiosk upon at its entry, which is open Friday 6am to 8.30pm, and 7am to 5pm on the weekend.  They sell coffee, snacks and some hot food.
  • Dinner:  If you’re staying-on site we recommend Surf Lifesaving Club Talle for dinner, which is very close walking distance.  This is the unofficial place to expect to see other delegates for dinner. 



If you're participating in the Saturday morning activities, please meet at 6am.  Bushwalking, meet Hyahno outside the main Leisure Centre entrance at 6am.  Stand-up Paddle-boarding, please go down to Tallebudgera Creek at 6am and meet at the paddle-boards.

You may shower with amenities found within the Tallebudgera Leisure Centre main building, or in your accommodation if you booked in on Friday.


It might be nice to go to the beach with other delegates on Saturday afternoon too!

Want to discover further afield?  Check out these things to do and places to go in and around the Gold Coast:



There will be a Nature Play Village Bazaar of Nature Play organisations for you to meet and find more about.  Organisations represented are:  Barefoot Nature Play, ECW, Green Edge Catalysts, Journey Outdoors In Nature, Natura Education, Phoenix Support For Educators, Sundicators and The Re-Wilding Project.



Weather predicted for Tallebudgera is warm with scattered clouds and a slight chance of rain:

Fri 10 March: 19 to 28 degrees, patchy rain possible.
Sat 11 March:  22 to 26 degrees, patchy light rain.


Can I transfer my ticket?

Yes. If you can not come for any unexpected reason, you may transfer your ticket to a friend or colleague. Please email [email protected] with your ticket transfer request, and the new name and contact details.  We will require the new person to sign a form upon registration at the event for photography and other approvals.


Special needs and mobility needs:

Special needs or medical conditions have been identified to us during the ticketing process. If you have a special requirement that you would like to make us aware of prior to the Symposium date, please call or email us [email protected]  We have not been advised of any delegate’s mobility needs and as such we plan to hold the Welcome to Country on the beach.  


Who's attending?

There is a fantastic array of industries represented at this Symposium; from primary schools, early childhood centres, family daycare providers, environmental educators, OSHC providers, not-for-profit organisations, local and state governments, community groups, child health professionals and more!  We will distribute a delegate list, without contact details, prior to the Symposium event date. As part of our follow-up delegate communications via email, we will ask you to identify if you do NOT wish to be included in that list for any reason. 

Proudly supported by