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School Groups

Since the opening of ‘Genazzano Retreat’ in the late eighties, hundreds of school groups from not only the Cairns region, but from ingham, Townsville and interstate have visited and made use of the facilities.

With a number of accommodation options available and flexibility with regards to catering, schools have been able to use the Genazzano Retreat for leadership camps along with Grade Camps and the site has endeared itself to Music and Choir camps with many amazing nights spent listening to choral celebrations and band concerts under the stars.

Genazzano Retreat has available sporting equipment and recreational items to provide hours of entertainment, team building exercises and the like. The lake also provides a magnificent fresh water swimming opportunity – contrary to any myths of croc sightings!

An abundance of fresh water fish and some spectacular bird life, along with wallabies, roos and lizards and probably the extent of the fauna experience on offer!

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Block A

  • Comprises 10 rooms. Each room has 2 bunk beds per room (ie, sleeps 4) and a vanity. There is an amenities block attached.

Accommodation Blocks B & C

  • Comprises 10 rooms per block, with shared ensuite facilities between each room. The end rooms on Blocks B & C contain a queen size bed and 1 single bed. The 8 rooms in-between have 1 bunk bed and 2 single beds per room, ie, sleeps up to 4.

Ablutions Block

  • Male and female toilet and shower facilities
  • Toilet and shower facilities for the disabled, with ramp access
  • Portable ramps are available

Common Rooms

  • TV’s
  • DVD facilities
  • Fireplaces
  • Seating for 10 (sofas and single chairs)

Group / Function Bookings Availability


Groups / Functions Reviews

Trinity Anglican School have been utilising Genazzano Retreat to accommodate our leadership camps for nearly 15 years. We have found the site to be engaging, interactive and able to comfortably house our senior leaders.

Trinity Anglican School, Cairns

We stayed for a work conference/retreat. The staff there are fantastic. The location let's you get away from it all. I'd go again.

James W.

St Margaret Mary's College, Townsville, has been using Genazzano now for a number of years for our Year 11 Retreat. We have found the centre to be ideal for the environmental focus which this retreat has.

The Conference Centre staff have always been most obliging and accommodating and our programme runs more smoothly because of their support.

Our College teachers and students regard our trip north as a highlight of their year and we are most appreciative of being able to use this wonderful facility in the Cairns Diocese.

St Margaret Mary's College, Townsville

I have been going to Genazzano Retreat on Tinaroo Lake for about 10 years. Genazzano is great for group functions, we use it for Scrapbooking Craft Retreat once a year in September. Our groups is usually 30-plus, we get together for what started as a weekend away grew to 5 days doing what we love.

Anyone is welcome and they come from all over, for me it's the escape from normal mundane work life and the enjoyment of getting together with others once a year. Many often bring and share new exciting craft ideas to the mix.

It's only an hour from Cairns to get to lovely, serene peaceful outdoors. We hire the hall for the duration setting up our own crafting areas which you can access 24 hours a day and some go all night. The best part is no cooking or cleaning, it's all done for us. The catering is planned to your needs by our great hosts even for those with special requirements. The dining room is alongside the hall - all very accessible, tea/coffee making available all day.

There is a variety of sleeping quarters, I have tried them all over the years and every unity has a superb view of the lake of bushland. You can partake in a walk, swim or read a book if you like a break away from your crafts, the time is your own to do as you will. It's safe, clean, comfortable and is assessable to most mobile networks allowing contact with family for those that don't fully escape.

Each block of units has a common room that is set up with kitchenette, furniture to relax and watch television and a wonderful open fire place - one day I will try to spend time in the winter so I can use thse facilities. There is plenty of fridge space to keep your own drinks/snacks cold.

I would highly recommend this venue to any groups planning functions of some kind, if there is some special touch you require you only need to ask.

Vicki W.


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