Welcome to the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre

Peaceful Bushland Retreat

Welcome to the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, a wonderful initiative of the Archdiocese of Sydney and Sydney Catholic Schools. The Centre is a place of incredible beauty and tranquillity, a magnificent rural escape. It is a spiritual sanctuary, to which visitors will want to return, again and again.

At the very heart of the Centre is the beautiful, architecturally acclaimed Chapel, an inspiring, peaceful place for Mass, reflection and prayer. The Centre provides the Archdiocese of Sydney, its parishes, agencies, communities, movements, schools, the clergy and other groups a dedicated space for retreats and conferences. The Centre is not limited to Catholic participants, all are invited to use the venue.

I invite you to take spiritual time out to reflect, unwind and reconnect in a most meaningful way with God and those around us. I trust the facilities will support the needs of all who come here and wish each group well as they enjoy all that the Centre has to offer.

About Us


Welcome to the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre


BXVI boasts a magnificent Romanesque
Chapel with traditional pew seating for up
to 150 people. With its beautiful artworks
and comfortable cushioned pews
guests have found it to be a place of
absolute serenity where they can
truly reflect and find peace.

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Thank you to your awesome retreat centre team for looking after all of us so well during our retreat. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed it immensely. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!
Principal, St Aloysius Primary

Activities and Recreation

Indoor/Outdoor Recreation

Extensive sporting and recreational facilities are
available to guests including: tennis/basketball
court, beach volleyball court, table tennis &
board games, swimming pool &
trampolines large playing field for cricket,
rugby, soccer campfires

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Facilitated Activities Programs

Whether guests are looking for adventure,
specific learning outcomes, team building,
opportunities for reflection or simply to have
some fun with their group, our specially
trained facilitators can tailor a program to suit.
Activities include: flying fox archery and more

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Bushland Setting

The glorious bushland setting is
natural and serene which is
16ha of native remnant bushland
at the foothills of the
Blue Mountains with a
wonderful bush chapel

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Safeguarding and Child Protection

The emotional, physical and spiritual safety, well-being and dignity of children is an integral part of the teachings and values of the Catholic Church. Benedict XVI Retreat Centre is wholly committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and dignity of all children, and acknowledges its important legal, moral and spiritual responsibility to create a safe and nurturing environment for those children.