Beach to Bush

Moreton Bay Regional Council is launching an Expression of Interest for up to 20 local school students currently in Year 5 and going into Year 6 in 2018, to visit Winton in April next year, as part of our region’s Sister City Program with Winton Shire Council.

Moreton Bay Region and the former Redcliffe City Council has been sister cities with Winton since 1995 and over that time this close relationship has supported student exchange and tourism promotion between our two great regions.

Students from primary schools across the Moreton Bay Region are invited to participate in this exciting exchange program where they will have the opportunity to visit outback Queensland land-marks and attractions including Lark Quarry and the Age of Dinosaurs museum, and Waltzing Matilda Centre as arranged by Winton Shire Council. A reciprocal arrangement will be offered to Winton students to visit our region in 2019.

Key Dates

Key dates
Date What's happening
6 November 2017 Expressions of Interests open for students and teachers
21 December 2017 Expressions of Interest close
24 January 2018 Students are informed about successful and non-successful applications
24 January 2018 Teachers informed about successful and non-successful applications
18 April 2018 Students depart Moreton Bay for Winton
25 April 2018 Students return from Winton

Expressions of interest

Return completed EOI forms by 21 December 2017:

Trip information

Dates for trip

Wednesday 18 April 2018 - Wednesday 25 April 2018.

Mode of transport

Students will be travelling via chartered bus to and from Winton.


Winton has sent through an itinerary which includes activities such as:

  • Waltzing Matilda Festival Activities including the opening of the Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Visit the Age of the Dinosaurs museum
  • Tour of Lark Quarry
  • Helicopter Trip over Winton
  • Dinner and Games with local scouts


Winton Shire Council has offered for students to stay at the Winton Youth Centre which includes assigned bunks, pool tables, games room and bathroom facilities. The Winton Youth Centre will also provide the students with daily breakfasts and dinners. Lunches will be provided throughout the trip.


This trip is complimentary and has been sponsored by Winton Shire Council as part of our Sister City Program of engagement.


Moreton Bay Region will send up to 20 students, one council officer and three teachers to Winton for the duration of the trip.


Teachers and students who reside within the Moreton Bay Region or attend school within the region will be eligible to complete an Expression of Interest form for the trip.

Application Process, Dates and Criteria

Council will send out Expressions of Interest forms to all eligible schools and students within the Region, the forms are also available online. Students are required to complete and return their Expression of Interest by 21 December 2017.

Students must provide a short statement with a maximum of 200 words in their application answering the following questions:

  • What do you like about outback Queensland?
  • What do you know about Banjo Patterson?
  • What do you hope to learn from this trip?
  • What stories could you take back to your school?

Students will be assessed on how well they answer the above questions, using imagination, and correct grammar and punctuation.

Students must also receive a letter of recommendation from their immediate teacher or principal.

An assessment panel will review each submission and make a recommendation of up to 20 students to participate in this opportunity. Council will notify students and families of these results by 24 January 2018.

Council will also be sending out an Expression of Interest to eligible teachers from across the region to assist in the delivery of this program. Preference will be given to teachers with students applying from their school.

Council will plan an information day in February 2018 for successful students, families and teachers to attend to provide further information pertaining to the trip, including where to meet for buses, a detailed itinerary and emergency contact numbers.

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