Is there wifi/phone reception?
Presently there is no wifi available onsite, and being in the hills, sometimes there is limited mobile reception.
I have special dietary needs. How is the event being catered?
Amy, our amazing AABAT cook is returning for her third AABAT Forum, this time in her own home town! We can’t wait to see what she and her supporting kitchen crew conjure this year. All dietary needs will be catered for. Please note your particular needs on the application form so that we can gain an idea of your requirements prior to the forum. Please don’t hesitate to notify the committee either before or during the forum to ensure the food tickles your taste buds without setting off your allergies.
Is there a bar?
Yes there is a bar, but alcohol will not be sold. You will receive two drinks vouchers per night as part of your registration fee to redeem at the bar, so that we align with venue values and guidelines on responsible alcohol consumption.
What attempts are being made to reduce the carbon footprint of the forum?
Attendees are encouraged to make use of the bus or use the Facebook carpool network when attending the conference as much as possible. Bicycling to the forum is not recommended due to safety reasons of the freeway and hilly nature of the environment. We intend to minimise paper use and provide as much information as possible in electronic format rather than hand outs. The kitchen will be sourcing local food and produce and minimising using disposable containers as much as possible. We ask for your assistance by bringing your own refillable water bottle, being mindful of water conservation when having your showers, and disposing of all waste appropriately using rubbish and recycle bins. If you have other ideas, we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email at .
Do presenters get a discount rate?
Yes, we are offering a presenters rate of $300+ GST to help cover costs. The term Forum comes from the ancient Greek ‘forum’ which is a marketplace. As such we see the annual networking gatherings run by the association as a ‘marketplace’ of professional skills, knowledge and practice wisdom. We see the diverse community of people who gather and place their work, their ideas, programs or services under the umbrella of bush adventure therapy as active participants in the innovation and generation of what bush adventure therapy is and could become. The analogy of a marketplace, a forum has resonance for our community, where we come to barter ideas, search out new innovative practices, share, be curious and be inspired by what is being created in the far flung corners of this country. As the space and resources used to host the ABAAT forums bear a financial cost (which we look to keep as low as possible), it also means that presenters need to contribute towards their registration.
Is the event family/child friendly?
The planning committee has given careful consideration to the benefits of an open, family friendly forum balanced with regard to some attendees who may not wish to be distracted by the presence of the younger generation. In the past attendees have applied to the committee on a case by case basis to attend with children, with an agreement made to bring children and partners who are not attending the forum for a small fee to cover meals, as well as the understanding that you have the responsibility to keep your children properly supervised so that there is minimal disturbance to presentations. This has worked well in the past and it is our intention to continue this practice where capacity permits. Please note that the bunk bed style dormitory accommodation will be prioritised for attendees, leaving families to either use the camping option (SA Baptist Care Mylor Adventure Camp will charge a fee per person per night for additional campers) or make their own arrangements with offsite accommodation. See the Accommodation section on the website for accommodation suggestions. It is also important to note that the venue is surrounded by native bushland and the unfenced Onkaparinga River and road. Supervision of your children is essential. Please forward an email to if you wish to discuss your situation.
I am staying onsite, what do I need to bring?
Dormitory: BYO bedding, eg: sleeping bag, pillow, sheets etc – the only thing provided is a mattress.
Camping: BYO bedding and tent and any other items you need to make for a comfortable stay – you will need to be self sufficient.
What are the camping facilities like?
Camping will be on the venue oval, with a portable toilet block close by, and a shower block a 2 minute walk away. You will not be able to have your car next to your tent – cars will be parked in one of the top car parks, a 3-4 minute walk from the camping area. There is also a lower carpark closer to the campsites, however once your car is parked here it will not be able to be moved until the forum finishes on Sunday.
Are there other accommodation options in the area if I wish to stay off site?
The Adelaide Hills is a tourist destination, please do a google search of Mylor and surrounds to find accommodation. If you choose to stay offsite you will not receive a refund for accommodation as the registration fee is engineered so we have exclusive access to the venue, thus has been factored into fees.
I am a snorer, and don’t want to impose this on another poor, unsuspecting person in a dormitory. What options are available?
We will be making every effort to accommodate people’s needs, however our main limitation is the nature of the venue. The venue is aimed mainly at school groups, so there are no individual rooms. Rooms are dorm style with bunk beds accommodating 6-12 people. We’re not sure if a soundproofed dorm for all the snorers would be popular! Other options are camping, the camping area is large with plenty of space to spread out. Of course you can research accommodation in the Mylor and surrounding area and stay offsite.
I am NOT a snorer, can I have my own room?
Is car parking available?
Car parking at SA Baptist Care Mylor Adventure Camp is limited, there are a couple of parking areas that will be signposted at the venue, and some on street parking on Wingrove Road. You may wish to leave your car at the Mylor Oval and carpool to the venue.
What temperature/climate can we expect? Isn’t SA still cold in October?
The average temperature in Mylor in October is 19 degrees during the day, and 9 degrees at night. That said, these days you cannot predict the weather so make sure you dress in layers and check the forecast prior! If it rains the site can get a bit wet underfoot you you might need a spare pair of shoes.
Can I go swimming, visit the beach, surfing?
The nearest metropolitan beach would be Brighton/Glenelg, approx 1 hour from the venue. Surf breaks are ‘down south’, meaning you will have to travel further eg: up to 1.5 hours to South Port/Port Noarlunga, Moana, Snapper Rocks at Aldinga and Port Elliot/Middleton.
Why do we call our annual gatherings Forums instead of Conferences?
We have deliberately chosen to gather around the notion of a Forum, rather than a Conference because of the different emphasis that it places on who brings knowledge. In its modern form the structure of conferences often highlight a difference between the professional ‘keynote’ speakers and the ‘delegates’ who are the ‘receivers of knowledge’. The term Forum comes from the ancient Greek ‘forum’ which is a marketplace. As such we see the annual networking gatherings run by the association as a ‘marketplace’ of professional skills, knowledge and practice wisdom. We see the diverse community of people who gather and place their work, their ideas, programs or services under the umbrella of bush adventure therapy as active participants in the innovation and generation of what bush adventure therapy is and could become. The analogy of a marketplace, a forum has resonance for our community, where we come to barter ideas, search out new innovative practices, share, be curious, inspired by what is being created in the far flung corners of this country. It is also a place where we can discuss what the bedrocks of safe and effective BAT practices might include, deepen our knowledge and how we understand the effects and intersections of need that people face when they come and seek us out, and how we can respond.
Terms and Conditions
1. Photography: The Event Organiser AABAT has all rights to film, photo and video production of this event to use at its discretion (eg: social media, website etc). It is the responsibility of the purchaser to advise the event organiser upon attendance if they do not want images of themselves to be used, and to take responsibility for removing themselves from appearing in photo’s/video etc.
2. Program: The Event Organiser AABAT reserves the right to change the line-up/program without notice.
3. Refund Policy: The Event Organiser AABAT does not offer refunds for the following reasons:
- Failure or inability to attend the event
- Change of mind
- Late attendance
- Refused entry or eviction from the event
- Changes/alterations to the line-up/program
- Event dissatisfaction
- Severe weather – this is an all-weather event, no refunds will be made if you choose not to attend due to inclement weather.
The Event Organiser AABAT may offer discretionary refunds for extenuating circumstances. Supporting documentation may be requested. Full refunds include the value of the ticket only less a small admin fee.
4. Accomodation: If the participant chooses to forfeit accommodation and stay offsite this is at their own cost. All efforts will be made to ensure accommodation requests are met however final room configurations are AABAT’s decision.
5. Covid Policy: We look forward to at last being able to meet in person, following SA Health Covid-19 guidelines.
6. Responsible Alcohol Policy: AABAT supports the values of the SA Baptist Care venue at Mylor and will therefore not have alcohol for purchase during the event. We are also mindful of health considerations pertaining to excess consumption of alcohol and respectful of individuals’ rights to consume alcohol responsibly. We therefore wish to advise that for evening meals participants will be given two vouchers which can be exchanged for two standard alcohol drinks or two soft drinks with evening meals on Friday and Saturday night.