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Tumbelin Farm
An Adventure
for a Lifetime

Tumbelin Farm

An Adventure for a Lifetime


Tumbelin Farm is a residential adventure therapy program for young South Australians aged 16 to 21 who want to overcome their alcohol and/or other drug issues and achieve lasting change.


“Tumbelin Farm saved my life. I’m 98% confident of being clean for good. If you want to sort out your life, I recommend coming here.”

– Tumbelin Farm resident


For more information, click here to enquire now or call 0455 345 427




Tumbelin is a Ngarrindjeri word which means “Awaken and Live”.  Building capacity for positive, healthy relationships is at the heart of how young people are supported to become awake and alive. 

Getting out into nature and camping, bushwalking, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking creates opportunities for young people to take responsibility, discover strengths and learn new ways of being.

Located in the Mt Lofty Ranges about 45 minutes from Adelaide, the Farm is a working property and has capacity for 4 young people to stay at a time (8 from April 2020) in a therapeutic, community setting.

The residential rehabilitation program is voluntary and runs for up to 12 months through 4 stages:



Tumbelin Farm is based on the highly successful Tumbelin outreach Adventure Therapy program that Baptist Care has delivered across South Australia since 2009.


This is the story of one young man who took part in a Tumbelin outreach program in 2018…



Your Application



1) Check you are eligible…
  • I live in South Australia
  • I’m male and aged between 16 and 21 (Applications will be open to young women from April 2020)
  • My alcohol and/or drug use is having a negative impact on my relationships, education, employment, health or wellbeing
  • I’m ready to make changes in my alcohol and/or drug use and participate in all aspects of the Tumbelin Farm adventure therapy program
  • I can think of one or more people I can ask to support me before, during and after my stay at Tumbelin Farm. These people will be my ‘Community of Support’ (one or more friends, relatives or other people that commit to supporting you during and after your stay at Tumbelin Farm) 
  • I’m willing to commit to staying at the Farm for at least 2 months (3 to 6 months is ideal)


2) Please make sure you’ve read the FAQs before proceeding.  If you have any questions, please give us a call.


3) Complete the Application Package and return to: 

tumbelinfarm@baptistcaresa.org.au or post to PO Box 185, Mylor, 5153. 
We’ll send you an email to confirm we’ve received your application.




4) Once you receive a confirmation email…

give us a call (between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday) and we’ll arrange a time to discuss your application with you. It’s essential you call us for your application to progress to the next stage.  


For more information, click here to enquire now or call 0455 345 427

Our Purpose

Tumbelin Farm is for young people who are willing to:
  • embark on a journey of change, work at overcoming life-controlling drug and alcohol issues
  • develop a new sense of hope and purpose; and
  • re-establish a fulfilling life in the community.


“Staff have helped broaden the picture of what’s possible and how life can look.”

– Tumbelin Farm resident

Meet our Team


Team Leader & Education/Training Coordinator

I work at Tumbelin Farm because I want to help young people overcome the challenges they face. Many young people find themselves in a place they never asked for, and I want to play a part in helping them regain their confidence, be secure with who they are and work towards an amazing future!


To hear from Travis, click on the Video Links below…

  What is Tumbelin?

  Equipping you for success

  What to do if you’re interested


Family Group Counsellor

I work at Tumbelin Farm because I know that surrounding people with Circles of Support makes the biggest difference in the lives of people wanting to sustain change in their lives.


To hear from Louise, click on the Video Link below…

   Circle of Support




Case Manager

I believe in the power of ‘Adventure’ to change lives. I have seen its value in my own journey and for many others. Answering the call to live life differently is challenging and it is a great honour and privilege to support young people as they seek meaningful change.


To hear from Shea, click on the Video Link below…

  Farm Life


House Parent


To hear from Ben, click on the Video Link below…

  Home Life

About the Program


Before you arrive

  1. If you’re accepted into the Tumbelin Farm program we’ll meet with you and your Circle of Support* a couple of times, and plan your journey together.
  2. Tumbelin Farm is a 100% drug and alcohol free residential rehabilitation program, so you may need to access a withdrawal service prior to entering the Farm to help get your drug and/or alcohol use under control. We’ll help to connect you with a withdrawal service appropriate for you.
  3. As soon as your withdrawal is complete, you’ll enter the Tumbelin Farm community and begin the residential adventure therapy program
*One or more friends, relatives or other people that commit to supporting you during and after your stay at Tumbelin Farm


Each week at Tumbelin Farm you’ll take part in:

  • Daily Routines e.g; morning fitness, cooking rosters, tasks around the farm
  • Outdoor adventure days and camps
  • Education and training
  • Individual & group therapy
  • Community projects
  • Strengthening your community connections

For more information, click here to enquire now or call 0455 345 427

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)




All Tumbelin Farm programs comply with the requirements of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards.


Baptist Care SA - QIC Accredited

Baptist Care SA is accredited against the Quality Improvement Council (QIC) Standards, the highest accreditation standards within the health and community sector, at an organisational level.

We take child protection very seriously and have put in place a number of measures to prevent any potential harm for children and young people under our care. One of those is the voluntary certification under the Child Wise Standards. Our Child Protection Statement of Commitment will give you an insight into how we tackle this.

Baptist Care SA is a registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).



Baptist Care SA’s Adventure Camping Services have the ‘tick’ of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program

Baptist Care SA is a member of TiCSA (formally SATIC), the Peak Body for South Australia’s Tourism Industry.

Our Adventure Staff adhere to Recreation South Australia guidelines.

Need help now?


If you’re in urgent need, these organisations can help:

ADIS – 1300 13 1340

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636

Mental Health Triage – 13 14 65


Lifeline Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800

Homeless Connect SA – 1800 003 308

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