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Get back to nature at Genazzano Retreat, Atherton Tablelands

Welcome to Genazzano Retreat

Located an easy 1 hour drive away from Cairns, nestled in the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, is the idyllic ‘Genazzano Retreat’.

Genazzano Retreat is located a short 7km drive off the Gillies Highway and only 20 minutes from the sleepy town of Yungaburra.

With a focus of getting back to nature, Genazzano Retreat offers wide open spaces, lake vistas and abundant bird life. The perfect environment; for team building activities, reflection, relaxation, rest, for that special function or for just enjoying the great outdoors away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

This retreat boasts a range of accommodation options, food preparation and catering facilities, plus a choice of recreational activities that are perfect for school, social and wedding groups alike.

This has made Genazzano Retreat an ideal choice for groups from all over Australia.

Our Facilities


  • 25 unpowered sites
  • 4 powered sites
  • Communal camp kitchen
  • Communal fire pit


  • 4 rooms with queen and single bed configurations plus shared ensuite facilities
  • 16 rooms with 2 bunk beds per room, each room sleeping 4, amenities block

Conference Room

  • Seats up to 100 guests
  • Equipped with an 80cm remote control TV with DVD, data projectors, overhead projectors and whiteboard


  • Easy access to Lake Tinaroo
  • Remote control TV’s and DVD player
  • Board games, cricket and ball sports equipment available
    Brazier hire

School Groups

School groups and leadership camps

Weddings & Functions

Weddings, parties, corporate events, clubs and group bookings


Camp at the picturesque campgrounds of Genazzano

Contact Us

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About Genazzano Retreat

The purchase of a 90 acre (36.4 hectares) property on the banks of Lake Tinaroo in 1985 made way for the establishment of a suitable retreat and camp centre for the Diocese of Cairns.

Properties at Butcher’s Creek (Emmanuel Meadows) and Yungaburra (Maroubi Ski Park) were bought and sold prior to the eventual decision to purchase the idyllic site on the shores of Lake Tinaroo.

In preparation for the construction and the opening, the land size was reduced in 1987 to focus on the most pristine 25 acres of property, which now forms the roaming grounds that make up the retreat today.

A planning committee under the direction of Mr Ray Anderson soon applied themselves to the design and construction of this magnificent centre at a cost of more than $2 Million. The Centre was blessed by Bishop John Torpie and opened by Father Thomas Hunt O.S.A on Sunday, 26th June, 1988.

About Lake Tinaroo

Lake Tinaroo, also known as Tinaroo Dam, is a man-made reservoir on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia.

It was constructed between 1953 and 1958 on the Barron River close to Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham.

Area: 35 km²
Surface elevation: 670 m
Catchment area: 545 km²
Shore length: 209 km
Outflow location: Barron River
Inflow source: Barron River

The name 'Genazzano' was chosen to commemorate our long association with the Augustinian Fathers and to honour Mary Mother of Good Counsel Patroness of the Diocese.

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