21-24 August 2018

Manly Village Uniting Church
4 West Promenade, Manly NSW 2095
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Most morning and afternoon teas are included in your registration. Lunch on Wednesday is included in your registration. Other meals are an additional cost to the registration price. We recommend you budget approximately $25 per meal.

Arriving on Monday
If you arrive early on Monday, please feel free to join us for dinner at Hotel Steyne in Manly at 6:00pm. You may also like to stay in the Sydney CBD on Monday night and take the ferry to Manly on Tuesday morning.

Opal Cards
We suggest you purchase an Opal Card when you arrive, putting approximately $65 AUD on the card. For more information on the Opal Card, visit the travel to Manly tab.

August in Sydney is very cold, particularly on the coast where there is often a coastal breeze. Temperatures average around 15 degrees celsius each day, and colder at night. We encourage you to bring warm clothes, including a coat and scarf.

Manly can be accessed via public transport or car. Public transport in Sydney is easy to use and we recommend you use public transport during your time in Sydney, as parking in Manly is expensive and there is limited space available.


If coming from Sydney Airport:

  • Take the train from the Domestic or International Airport to Circular Quay Station (you may need to change trains at Central Station)
  • Exit the train station on the wharf side and head towards Wharf 3
  • Board the F1 ferry to Manly
  • Ferries to Manly leave approximately every 30 mins from Circular Quay
  • The church is approximately a 5 minute walk from Manly Wharf


Public transport in Sydney predominantly uses an Opal Card. We suggest you collect an Opal Card from one of the shops at either the domestic or international airports. The card is free and you need to add money to the card. This will allow you to travel on public transport in NSW during your stay without having to purchase a ticket for each trip. The best option is to collect the card from the Domestic or International train station.

Other shops at the domestic airport that supply Opal Cards include:

  • Newslink Sydney T2 Domestic Airport, Terminal 2, Pier A
  • Sydney Domestic Airport Train Station
  • WH Smith Sydney Domestic Arrivals Store, Shop 1T, 198 Arrivals Level, Terminal 2
  • Relay – Terminal 2, Shop 2T, 144 and 145

Other shops at the international airport that sell Opal Cards include:

  • WH Smith – Syd Intl Arrivals, Store 1070, Ground Floor, Arrival Concourse
  • International Airport Train Station
  • WH Smith – Syd Intl Arrivals, Store 1065, Ground Floor, Arrivals Concourse

Look for the Opal Card symbol when trying to find a shop to purchase your Opal Card. We recommend you put approximately $65 AUD on your Opal Card. This should pay for a train each way to the airport, and 4 ferries from Circular Quay to Manly and back.


You may want to download a free public transport app called Tripview Lite before you arrive in Sydney. This app allows you to see all current timetables for public transport in Sydney and helps you plan your journey.

View the Android version

View the Apple version


If you hire a car in Sydney, please be aware most major roads incur a toll. Please ensure your hire company has included a toll pass in your car to avoid large fines.

If coming from Sydney Airport:

  • Take Southern Cross Drive (also called M1) into the city, using the Harbour Tunnel to cross Sydney Harbour
  • Once on the North Sydney side of the harbour, take the Falcon St Exit, turning right onto Military Rd (also called A8)
  • Follow this road until you cross the Spit Bridge, continue along this road
  • Turn right onto Sydney Road and follow the road to Manly
  • Turn right onto West Promenade

If coming from the Western Suburbs:

  • Take the M2 Toll road heading towards the city
  • Take the Military Rd exit, turning left onto Military Rd (also called A8)
  • Follow this road until you cross the Spit Bridge, continue along this road
  • Turn right onto Sydney Road and follow the road to Manly
  • Turn right onto West Promenade

Please note: the Spit Bridge opens at set times throughout the day to allow harbour traffic to pass underneath. See the Manly Ferry Timetable here. Please allow an extra 10 mins travel time if you need to cross the Spit Bridge during its opening times.


There is a paid parking station 100m up the road from the church, accessed from the corner of Gilbert St and West Promenade. Parking in Manly is expensive and there is limited parking available. There is no free parking available at the church.

There are many accommodation options in Manly.

Novotel Manly Pacific
The Novotel is approximately 600m and less than a 10 minute walk to the church.

Sebel Manly Beach
The Sebel is approximately 1km and about a 10 minute walk to the church.

Quest Apartments
Quest is approximately 200m and less than a 5 minute walk to the church.

B and B’s
Various B and B options
Make sure you choose a B&B within Manly itself, that is within walking distance of the church.

Alternatively you can try Air BnB or last minute hotel booking websites.

The program is below. You can download a more detailed program here.


Tue, 21 August Wed, 22 August Thur, 23 August Fri, 24 August
9:00am Welcome
Steve Bartlett
9:00am Devotions
Ben Mano
9:00am Devotions
Matthias Lima
9:00am Devotions
Stephen Baxter
9:30am Ministry in
Complex Times
Mark Wilson
9:30am Championing
Baptist Values
Melinda Cousins
9:30am Communication,
Complex World
Brad Entwistle,
Stephen Baxter
9:30am Taking Care, the
Vivian Grice
10:45am Morning tea 10:45am Morning tea 10:45am Morning tea 10:45am Morning tea
11:15am Adaptive

Daniel Bullock
11:00am Championing
Baptist Values
11:15am Communication
11:15am Reflections and
the Future
Keith Jobberns
12:30pm Lunch
(not included)
12:00pm Group activity
including lunch
12:30pm Lunch
(not included)
12:30pm Finish
2:00pm Adaptive

2:00pm Breakouts
(see below)
3:30pm Afternoon tea 3:30pm Afternoon tea
4:00pm Changing Place
of the Church

Craig Vernall
4:00pm Breakouts
5:30pm Free time 5:30pm Free time
6:30pm Dinner
(not included)
6:30pm Dinner
(not included)
6:30pm Dinner
(not included)
7:30pm Gender Identity
Karina Kreminski,
Mike Mills

a) Forum focusing on Pacific nations –strengthening and enabling existing institutions in our churches in thePacific, the role of Aus/NZ Baptists,West Papua. Facilitated by Keith Jobberns
b) Church mergers & transition of dying churches – stories, learnings andways forward. Facilitated by Mike Mills

The cost is $225 per person to attend the Trans Tasman gathering. This includes:

  • Attendance at the gathering
  • Morning and afternoon tea most days
  • Lunch on Wednesday
  • The group activities on Wednesday afternoon

Group Activity
Our group activity on Wednesday afternoon will consist of lunch in one of the many restaurants in Sydney’s historic The Rocks district. After lunch we will walk to the Harbour Bridge and do a tour of the South Pylon. We will then walk around to Circular Quay to the iconic Sydney Opera House where we will do a tour of the Opera House.

Your spouse is welcome to join us for the Wednesday lunch and tours. It is $105 per person for extra guests wishing to attend.

The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT does not accept responsibility for any losses incurred, including but not limited to, transport and accommodation booked for the event. The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT reserves the right to change any of the published event details without notice and have the final say on any matter relating to the event.

Refund/Cancellation Policy
The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT understands circumstances change and offer the following alternatives to assist you should you need to alter your registration. Cancellations and refunds can be arranged by writing to The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT before Friday, 10 August 2018. Cancellations made prior to this date will incur a $40pp cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after this date. The Baptist Association of NSW/ACT can allow for special consideration of your circumstances in regards to this policy. If this is the case, please email Kylie to discuss your circumstances.

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