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As a complement to group retreats, the centre's activities cater for groups looking for fun, adventure and team building, Activities include archery, bushwalking, flying fox, leadership challenges, communications challenges, camp craft, environmental programs and more.

Discover the scenic beauty of the Grose Vale area on horseback. Trail rides are operated from the Valley View Park, 2 kilometres from the retreat centre.

For breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains and the the Grose River Valley, follow Cabbage Tree Road to the end, and join a short fire trail to the Vale of Avoca lookout.

Cafes, art galleries, antique and gift shops are located at Kurrajong Villag,e 7 kilometres from Grose Vale. Guided tours a military radio museum are conducted most days.

Meet Australia's native animals at the Featherdale Wildlife Park, 35 km from Grose Vale.

The Blue Mountains national park opens to the south and west of Grose Vale, and local residents are familiar with the native wildlife, including wallabies, the Australian king parrot, the kookaburra, the rosella, the rainbow lorikeet, the bellbird, the galah, and the cockatoo.

Benedict XVI Retreat and Conference Centre
Grose Vale NSW 2753

The Benedict XVI Retreat Centre is an initiative of the Sydney Catholic Archdiocese and is located in a peaceful bushland setting, on the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park, between Richmond and the Blue Mountains. The centre is an ideal venue for large meetings, seminars and all group events. A minimum of 30 people per booking is a requirement and this applies to both Australian and international group bookings. No accommodation is available to individuals and travellers.

 The new buildings and facilities are purpose-built so students, teachers and parishioners as well as clergy and other groups can take time out to unwind, reflect and reconnect.The centre aims to ‘provide a peaceful rural setting in which members of the Catholic Community can explore and deepen their faith’. 

The centre has recently undergone a full renovation. All guestrooms are en-suite and fitted with reverse-cycle air conditioning. The centre boasts more than 150 beds in twin and multi-bed configurations. Facilities include a new kitchen, dining-hall (catering with tailored menus to suit can be arranged), a laundry for the use of guests, swimming pool, sporting and audio-visual equipment, meeting rooms and extensive grounds.  Large groups, religious orders, school, families, community, church, special events and conference guests are well catered for. Wheelchair access is provided.

 

Accommodation at the Benedict XVI Retreat and Conference Centre is only available to groups.
To obtain a group quote (minimum 30 people) please click here
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Transportations
Closest airport
Sydney International/Domestic - 80 km
Closest train station
Richmond - 10 km
Distance to nearest town centre
On site parking
Yes
General
Languages spoken
English
Children & families welcome
Yes
Groups accepted
Yes
Open year round
Yes
Services & Facilities
Chapel
Yes
Daily Mass
Yes
Disabled /wheelchair access
Yes
Conference and Meeting Rooms
Yes
Air-conditioning in public areas
Yes
Communal televison
Yes
Meals
Special diets meal
Yes
Dining room
Yes
Lunch
Yes
Breakfast
Yes
Evening meal
Yes
Room Amenities
Towels
Yes
Linen
Yes
Toiletries including soap
Soap provided
Daily housekeeping
Yes
Air-conditioning
Yes

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