Fitzroy Falls Conference Centre
A Brief History
Fitzroy Falls Conference Centre has been operating since 1978,
providing wonderful memories for thousands of people who have
attended church and school camps here. The very first camp was
held by Deakin High School.
Martin and Robyn Reurich began the task of clearing the land of
trees, erecting buildings and landscaping the grounds back in
1975 and, with the help of family and staff, continue to run the
Churches from all denominations and Christian organisations run
family, youth and children' camps during the weekends and school
holidays. Craft, quilting and potters camps, music weekends and
family reunions, all find this a very functional venue.
School groups of up to 200 students and staff visit midweek and
run their own retreats, peer support camps, regional music and
performing arts camps, career camps (even maths camps!). Many
schools use the recreational facilities and plan their own
programmes or we can run fully or partly programmed camps with
skilled outdoor education instructors.
Starting with their first facility, consisting of dining/conference and
recreational rooms, 6 dormitories and 3 leaders' rooms, housing
100 beds, it soon became apparent that they needed a second,
more family-oriented area. By 1981, they had a second, fully
self-contained area available with 8 motel-style rooms and a large
dining/meeting room and kitchen.
Dormitories and family units all have ensuites, carpet and heating.
As God provided the funds for them, they added Park Cabins for
families, a special staff retreat for teachers and bus drivers, indoor
swimming pool and games room.
Tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, mini golf, archery, low
ropes, canoes and bikes, Giant Swing, and Tree Climb have all
become popular activities.
The campsite has a beautiful log chapel for worship and
meditation. Back in 1980, students with Youth with a Mission
assisted in its construction. On the walls of the chapel, burned
into cut log sections are many of the words of Jesus, such as "I
am the way;" "I am the Good Shepherd." Over 20 couples have
been married in the chapel.
About the Owners
Martin and Robyn have now retired from the day to day running of
the centre. Their son Luke manages the centre and a great team
of young workers coordinate the outdoor education and recreation
programmes, children's programmes for church groups, catering
and general administration.
Their aim has always been to use their property to the Glory of
God whereby young and old can study God's word in a natural
environment and through this, come to a knowledge of Jesus
Christ as their Lord and Saviour. They stand amazed at what God
has done over these many years!
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