Mimburi means "continual flow" in the language of the traditional owners of the land, the Kabi Kabi peoples. It is not just of a river, but of all living things.
In 2016 Mimburi was gifted to Noosa District State High School as a third campus to extend the education and challenge the young people of the district, and create connections with the wider community. The site at Belli Park is a 121.5 hectare (300 acre) farm and shares its boundaries with the Mary River, Belli Creek and Blackfellow Creek, and is home to important species including the Mary River cod, Mary River turtle, barred frog, platypus and is an important breeding zone for mullet.
Whilst Mimburi is still undergoing infrastructure improvements to facilitate day visits, overnight camps and a range of activities and educational experiences, many groups not only from NDSHS, but also nearby schools, community groups, corporate groups and University of Queensland have already made the most of current facilities, property features and the quiet beauty Mimburi has to offer. These opportunities have all extended participants educational outcomes, brought groups closer together and allowed individuals to reconnect with a back to basics environment they have thoroughly enjoyed – for a few hours or a few days.
Noosa District State High School has established many partnerships within the community to assist in developing Mimburi. These include Cooroy Earthworks and Civil Construction, local fencing contractors, Noosaville Bunnings, The Men's Shed, The Salvation Army, as well as parents and individual community members. These are welcome contributors to Mimburi and have contributed through the donation of materials and labour to assist in the development to the current stage.
Mimburi also has also established partnerships with the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC), Noosa Landcare and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to assist in developing sustainable, environmental practices. This includes the eradication of undesirable flora such as cats claw, major replanting along the waterways to replenish the riparian zones, frog counting, fauna studies and monitoring for feral species.
Mimburi, currently has the capacity for approximately 80 people at one time for overnight camping. Camping for the maximum number is across two campsites situated some distance from each other. Current infrastructure provides capacity for one camp site to have full toilet and shower facilities at close hand, with full kitchen and dining facilities, whilst the second site caters for a more "rustic" experience.
Day camps can be catered for effectively, with a designated Camp Facilitator (teacher) who can tailor a program to suit the individual needs of the group. Activities available include Archery, Orienteering, Raft Building, an ever expanding range of Team Building Challenges – with Mountain Biking and remote camping experiences soon to be added.
Strong Links to Education
Within the 21st Century, the skills of collaboration, creative thinking and problem solving are vital to prepare our young people for careers that, as yet, may not be in existence. Mimburi, through its programs and unique setting will develop these skills in our young people, as well as connecting them to the environment, each other and social issues.
We hope to welcome you to Mimburi one day soon.
Mimburi Campus Location
Phone: (07) 5472 2222
280 Newspaper Hill Rd,
PO Box 564
Cooroy QLD 4563