“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.