New South Wales – Australian Retreats

Sydney – St Peter Canisius House
Prior to 2012 Peter Canisius House was known as Canisius College and until 2011 it was a centre of formation and training for Jesuit priests and brothers. A small number of older Jesuits still live on the property but a large number of empty guestrooms have now been turned into visitor accommodation. Most guestrooms are ensuite and a small number share a bathroom. The centre is set in spacious gardens and tourists and visitors to Sydney are welcome to stay here. Groups are also catered for and conference facilities are available. The centre is also open for personal and group retreats. Meals are provided by qualified chefs and are all cooked on site. Limited disabled access.

Peter Canisius House, Pymble, is located in extensive grounds on the leafy North Shore of Sydney. The venue is 30 minutes from the CBD by public train transport and 45 minutes by taxi from Sydney Airport.

St Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road
Pymble NSW 2073
Tel: 02 9488 4524


Golden_Grove_01Golden_Grove_02Sydney – Golden Grove

Golden Grove is tucked away in a quiet tree lined street and is conveniently located in Newtown on a hectare of land, just 10 mins from the CBD and within walking distance of the Royal Prince Alfred hospital. The original house was built in 1870 and in 1906 the accommodation wing was added. The building was used as a convent and as a private school. It is now owned and operated by the Healing Ministry Centre, a non profit organisation.

We provide accommodation to tourists and the general traveller as well as to those looking for peace, quiet and relaxation. We also have conference facilities available for groups. Golden Grove can accommodate 38 people, who can stay for up to two weeks. Accommodation consists of single, double, twin and family rooms, some with ensuites. Guests have access to a shared kitchenette and a laundry. Continental breakfast and free car parking are provided.

The Healing Ministry Centre Golden Grove
5 Forbes Street
Newtown NSW 2042
Tel: 02 9557 1642


Sydney – Anderledy LodgeSydney – Anderledy Lodge
The Sisters of St Joseph offer accommodation to tourists and pilgrims at their conveniently situated guesthouse in North Sydney, not far from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and with easy transport connections to the city. Accommodation packages are available and bookings are essential. Continental breakfast and free car parking are provided. Mary Mackillop Place is nearby where guests can visit the tomb of Mary Mackillop, as well as the museum and bookshop and enjoy a cappuccino in the Sister’s café. Wheelchair access and wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

Anderledy Lodge
80 William Street
North Sydney NSW 2060
Tel: (02) 8912 4800


Sydney – Mount St Benedict Centre
Mount St Benedict Centre is a ministry of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan who offer an environment of peace and beauty and hospitality in the Benedictine tradition. A full program of day and residentail retreats, some revolving around artistic pursuits can be found in the downloadable brochure. The Centre is located approximately 2 kms from Pennant Hills and Beecroft Stations. Limited disabled access.

Mount St Benedict Centre
449D Pennant hills Road (entrance off Hull Road),
Pennant Hills NSW 2120
Tel: 02 9484 6208


Sancta_Sophia_collegeSydney – Sancta Sophia College
Sancta Sophia College is situated on the grounds of Sydney University at the edge of the CBD and close to all major transport. Sancta Sophia College offers accommodation to students during term time, but during the university holiday periods (December to early February and limited availability in July) accommodation is available to all members of the public. There are two types of accommodation available:

  • Double, Single and Twin Rooms with shared bathroom facilitie
  • Double, Single and Twin Rooms with ensuite facilities

Breakfast is provided with all room rates. Facilities include 3 x communal lounge rooms, in room Internet connection, laundry facilities and car parking on the premises is available at $10.00 per day (subject to availability). We have 8 ensuite rooms with wheelchair access (please check availability before booking).

Sancta Sophia College
8 Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Tel: (0)2 957 72100
Fax: (0)2 95772388


St-Josephs-Spirituality-CentreSydney – St Joseph’s Spirituality Centre
Throughout the year the Sisters of St Joseph run a diverse program of guided retreats at their spirituality centre in Baulkham Hills. However, those seeking time-out to relax in the peace and calm of a religious environment are also welcome. Groups and conferences are catered for. There are 18 hectares of tranquil gardens to roam, a labyrinth and a chapel. The accommodation has recently been refurbished with ensuite single, double and twin guestrooms, air conditioning and Internet facilities. A lift services all floors, there is a swimming pool, and kitchens and lounges for the use of guests. All meals and snacks are available. Some guestrooms are suitable for the disabled.

St Joseph’s Spirituality Centre
64 MacKillop Drive
Baulkam Hills NSW 2153
Tel: 61 (0)2 9634 2317
Fax + 61 (0)2 9899 4249

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St.-Clements-Retreat-CentreGalong – St Clements Retreat Centre
St Clements Retreat Centre is situated in a peaceful location on the outskirts of a small country town in rural NSW, approximately 4 hours drive south west of Sydney, in an ideal setting for prayer and retreat. Redemptorist priests and Josephite nuns run structured retreats for clergy, religious and lay people. Those wishing to make a private retreat are also welcome here. All guestrooms at St Clements have a view over the gardens or the surrounding farmland. Comfortable single and double rooms are available, many with ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. A rustic self contained hermitage (air conditioned) accommodates up to three people. All bed linen and towels are provided along with laundry facilities. Disabled access but please check details before making a booking.

St. Clements Retreat Centre
Galong, NSW
Tel: (02) 6380 5222 Fax: (02) 6386 7353


Benedict XVI Retreat Centre Accommodation BlockGrose Vale – Benedict XVI Retreat Centre

The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre is run by the Sydney Archdiocese and is located in an area of bushland between Richmond and the Blue Mountains. The centre aims to ‘provide a peaceful bushland setting in which members of the Catholic Community can explore and deepen their faith’. The centre has undergone a full renovation and now boasts modern accommodation facilities, kitchen, dining-hall (catering with tailored menus can be arranged), laundry, sporting and audio-visual equipment. Large groups, religious orders, school, families, community, church, special group events and conference guests are catered for. Wheelchair access is provided.

Benedict XVI Retreat Centre
347 Grose Wold Road
Grose Vale NSW 2753
Tel: 02 4572 2899 (business hours)
Tel: 02 4572 1075 – Managers residence, office after hours website:


jamberoo-accommodationJamberoo – Jamberoo Benedictine Abbey
The Benedictine sisters of Jamberoo Abbey were the subject of the ABC television series The Abbey, in which cameras documented the experiences of five women living the life of a Benedictine nun for five weeks. The Abbey is situated in beautiful mountainous bushland in the Southern Highlands, 110 kilometres south of Sydney. Comfortable, self-contained cottages are available for those who wish to make a retreat or spend some quiet days. No wheelchair access.

Jamberoo Benedictine Abbey
Cottage Bookings
695 Jamberoo Mountain Road
Jamberoo NSW 2533
Tel: (02) 4236 0533
Fax: (02) 4236 0533


Edmund Rice Retreat Centre = CottagesMulgoa – Edmund Rice Retreat and Conference Centre

The centre is located in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Mountains and can comfortably accommodate up to 120 guests. The facilities are particularly suitable for school retreats, church and parish meetings and conferances (all denominations welcome), business seminars, weddings, craft and hobby groups and day groups. Accommodation is available is 3 x 8 bedroom, air-conditioned cottages with TV, microwave, toaster, tea and cffee making facilities, small refrigerator, crockery, cutlery, iron and coin operated laundry.Full catering and disabled access is provided.

Edmund Rice Retreat and Conference Centre
1315 Mulgoa Road
Mulgoa NSW 2745
Tel: 02 4773 5555


Mt Schoenstatt Conference and Retreat CentreMulgoa – Mount Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre

Mount Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre
230 Fairlight Road
Mulgoa, NSW 2745
Tel: 02 4773 8338

Mount Schoenstatt is located in the Nepean Valley just 10 minutes from the M4 Mulgoa Road exit to Penrith, in Western Sydney. Situated on 50 acres the Schoenstatt Shrine is a place of pilgrimage for people of diverse faith backgrounds. A place where many find peace and tranquility away from their busy lives. The Centre offers catered accommodation for groups of 2 – 42. Accommodation, linen and all meals are offered for a very reasonable rate. A self-catering facility is also available for up to 33 guests with mainly bunk style accommodation, set in the valley the local Kangaroo mob visit almost daily. Two large, air-conditioned conference rooms cater for up to 150 people with audio visual equipment available. Conference catering can be arranged to suite your requirements.


The-Monastery,-StroudRossmore – Meadow View Retreat
Treat yourself to the beauty and healing of Mother Nature. Our spa and retreat centre is located on the beautiful NSW south coast, 5 minutes from the township of Berry in the Shoalhaven area and 1½ hrs drive from Sydney. The property is situated on 200 lush, green acres, in the foothills of the Berry Mountain with access to walking tracks and majestic views over the Shoalhaven.
We hold weekend and monthly Christian meditation and spiritual healing retreats allowing guests to connect to their inner-selves while indulging in pure botanical and organic spa therapies. We invite you to nurture the body, mind and soul through our exclusive therapeutic and holistic treatments, tailor made to your individual requirements.
Our weekends away are ideal for those seeking inner peace, to detox and unwind or to relax and reconnect to the silence and beauty of the healing culture of the land.

Meadow View Retreat
710 Fifteenth Avenue Rossmore NSW 2557
Tel: 0419 440 530
Fax: (0)2 960 695 535


The-Monastery,-StroudStroud – The Monastery
The sisters of the Anglican Community of St Clare came to live and work at The Monastery in Stroud in the mid 1970s. After some years and with the assistance of the local parishioners a new monastery, meeting centre and a guesthouse were erected. However, in March 2000 the Sisters of St Clare decided they could no longer maintain community life in Stroud and moved to another location. The Monastery, meeting centre and guesthouse are now available for rent, for short-term stays, either in connection with The Monastery or for short breaks and holidays. The Monastery is in a quiet, peaceful location and has 24 individual guestrooms and a large kitchen. The Guest house sleeps 9 to 10 and a large hall has a commercial kitchen. The complex is run by the Friends of The Monastery for use as a gathering place for workshops, retreats and functions. The adjacent Stroud County Club is open for meals. Please remember that the Monastery presents very real challenges to anyone who has a physical disability, as the floors are extremely uneven and the outdoor terrain is rough.

The Monastery
Bucketts Way Stroud NSW 2425
Tel: (02) 4969 0000

© Stroud Monastery


The-Hermitage-of-St-BernadiStroud –The Hermitage of the Brothers of the Society of Saint Francis
The Hermitage is occupied by Anglican Franciscan Brothers who are members of the Society of St Francis. The Hermitage is a haven of peace, set in 20 acres of bushland, just 3 kilometres outside of Stroud, 80 km north of Newcastle, NSW. The Brothers invite guests for prayer, study, reflection and retreat for up to one week. Guests may join in religious services with the Brothers, though there is no obligation to do so. The Hermitage guest house has 4 single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Overnight guests take meals with the Brothers. The Brothers have no set charge for accommodation but suggest an average of $65.00 per person per night would allow them to cover costs. No disabled access.

The Hermitage of the Brothers of the Society of Saint Francis
47 St Clairs Road, Stroud NSW 2425
Tel: (02) 4994 5372
Fax: (02) 4994 5572

© Society of St Francis


Mount Carmel Retreat Centre
Mount Carmel Retreat Centre is a Christian centre, under the auspices of the Discalced Carmelite Friars. It is a place for individuals and groups to develop their spirituality by means of retreats, conferences and study groups. The Retreat Centre offers 31 ensuite rooms and three meals a day for those staying here.

The Retreat Centre is set in semi-rural surroundings in a peaceful setting, with interesting bird life that usually attracts the attention of retreatants. The Centre has been used as a place of retreat for nearly 50 years. It is an ideal place for the individual to get away from the stresses and strains of modern day life, a chance to sit, relax, reflect and marvel at God’s creation.

Mount Carmel Retreat Centre
247 St Andrews Road,
Varroville NSW 2566
Tel: (02) 8795 3400
Fax: (02) 9603 1007


Wangi_wangi_01Wangi Wangi – Anawim Retreat Centre
Anawim Prayer and Retreat Centre, a ministry of the Sisters of St Joseph, Lochinvar, is situated on the Wangi Wangi peninsula on the western shores of Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle and the New South Wales Central Coast. The natural beauty and quiet of the surroundings encourage relaxation and reflection, while the lakeshore and nearby bushland reserve provide opportunities for easy walking. A ten metre swimming pool is available for exercise and relaxation. Anawim provides single accommodation for 6, shared accommodation for 8, and a self-contained hermitage. No disabled facilities.

Anawim Prayer and Retreat Centre
16 Wangi Point Road
Wangi Wangi N.S.W. 2267.
Tel: (02) 4975 1436
Fax: (02) 4975 3831


Yamba_Star_of_the_SeaYamba – Star of the Sea
Star of the Sea is a unique accommodation and conference centre set opposite Wooli Bay beach in the seaside resort town of Yamba on the north coast of NSW. The centre is the former holiday house of the Sisters of Mercy, and these days ensuite single and double rooms and family suites are available to small or large groups for overnight stays. Celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries are catered for and a professional catering team is based at the centre. Limited disabled facilities.

Star of the Sea
17 Clarence Street
Yamba NSW 2464
Tel: 02 6646 2244
Mob: 0417257678