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Don Bosco is the ideal venue for youth, school and adult groups to conduct their own retreats, staff seminars and workshops, personal development activities, training programmes, leadership courses, etc.

Depending on if you are conducting a one day or overnight programme, our facilities will suit groups of between 10 – 110 people

Please see the Facilities section for information about our chapel, conference room, dining room, games room, accommodation options and other facilities.

If you wish to make an enquirie about hiring the site, please complete the form below and we will get in touch with you.

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    About Don Bosco Retreat Centre


    The Don Bosco Retreat Centre...

    • Is a Catholic Centre animated by the Salesian charism
    • Welcomes Christian, ecumenical and interfaith groups
    • Seeks to provide opportunities for spiritual and personal growth, especially for young people
    • Offers a range of Salesian-inspired programmes, activities and events for children, young people, young adults and adults

    The Salesian charism refers to the vibrant living spiritual tradition that has its origins with St Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622) and St John Bosco (1815 – 1888).

    From St Francis de Sales derives a spirituality of daily life that is founded upon responding with fidelity and joy to God’s love for us, and from St John Bosco arises a way life that seeks to share with young people the unfathomable riches of God’s love.

    Today the Salesian Family of Don Bosco is a vast movement of people committed to following Jesus Christ and being signs and bearers of God’s love for the young.

    Our History

    ~60,000 BC

    Indigenous Care

    The natural beauty of rolling hills around the future site of the Don Bosco Retreat Centre are expertfully cared for by the Wurundjeri people.


    Don Bosco is Born

    At the age of 9 the young John Bosco has a dream that sets the course of his life 


    Homestead Complete

    The original homestead is constructed originally named “Neather-Lea” and also known as “Leasowes


    Salesians Arrive in Australia

    A group of Salesian missionaries land in Kimberley, WA to begin their ministry. After a few years they relocate to Sunbury, VIC


    Changing Hands

    The property is acquired by the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1964 and established as a novitiate and post-novitiate formation house known as “Auxilium College.”


    Consolidation Era

    As the centre begins to earn a reputation as a high-quality venue for retreats, simultaneously the original classrooms are extended to become the Conference Room, and current dining room and flats are constructed.


    Into the Future

    Under going a few evolutions over time including “Guyura Retreat Centre” and “Salesian Retreat Centre”, the current name “Don Bosco Retreat Centre” is adopted as the site sees a range of renovations to improve compatability with the latest technologies