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Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre

Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre

If Long Point Conference Centre isn’t available on the dates required by your group, then Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre is one of several alternative venues which may be available.

Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre is located about 100 kilometres south-west of Sydney, about 5 minutes’ drive from the small town of Tahmoor. It is set on approximately 170 acres of bushland not far from the Bargo River.

As a Christian venue, Kiah Ridge hosts church and ministry events, school camps and retreats and community groups. They actively support event organisers in planning and running their camps, supplying resources and assistance to make them as successful as possible.

School Camps for All Ages

Kiah Ridge also runs school camps ranging from all levels of primary and high school through to groups of tertiary and TAFE students. Again, venue staff assist in organising and running camps, and can also supply instructors for team building and adventure type activities.

Community groups are also catered for at Kiah Ridge. Guide and Scout groups, sporting teams and craft clubs are some of the groups that come here for their events. There are facilities for a wide variety of activities, whether the purpose of the camp is training or relaxation – or both.

Below is some more detailed information about Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre, to help you decide whether this would be the ideal venue for your group event.

Flexible Accommodation to Suit Your Needs

Kiah Ridge has a number of accommodation buildings such as units and cottages that can be hired in combination or separately, sleeping a total of 150 guests. The minimum booking for accommodation is 4 people. The rooms have various combinations of double bunks and tri-bunks (bunks with a double bed below and single top bunk) and sleep between 4 and 9 people.

Each building has bathroom facilities, either en suite or shared between rooms, and most have air-conditioning. A mattress and pillow are provided. Guests need to bring their own linen and towels, although a limited number of linen sets are available for hire.

The Waratah building has 3 rooms sleeping 4-6 people in each. The Pines building consists of 8 units, all with en suites, and each sleeping 8 people.

The Banksia Lodges (1 to 4) sleep 10 people each in 2 rooms. These also have a kitchenette and lounge area with couches.

The Acacia cottage has 3 rooms sleeping a total of 14 people. The Silky Oak building has 4 rooms sleeping a total of 18 people. This building has a shaded outdoor seating area just outside and is located close to the swimming pool.

Note that, as well as “Full Site” exclusive use bookings, Kiah Ridge hosts “Shared Site” bookings where groups share the venue, each being allocated to their own precinct or section. Prices for exclusive use or shared site bookings are arranged at the time of booking. Ensure you clarify whether your group will be sharing the site with other groups before confirming your booking.

Well Equipped Conference and Meeting Rooms

Kiah Ridge is well equipped with facilities for conferences and meetings. There is one main conference room as well as 7 other meeting rooms of various sizes. In addition, there are a number of outdoor seating areas including an amphitheatre.

The main conference room seats a maximum of 160 people (when set up in “theatre style”) and is allocated to the primary catered booking of a “Shared Site” booking. It is fully equipped with audio-visual facilities including a wide-screen data projector. This room can also be set up with tables if required, for example for a study or craft session.

The Silky Oak Seminar Room seats up to 40 people and is also fully equipped with AV facilities. This room has an adjoining lounge area with a tea and coffee station and is used for smaller seminars, presentations and workshops.

In addition, each of the 4 Banksia Lodges has a lounge seating up to 20 people, including couches, tables and chairs. The Acacia Cottage has a small lounge seating up to 15 people.

If you are part of a “Shared Site” booking, ensure you contact the venue to find out which of the meeting rooms will be allocated to you.

Adventure, Sport and Recreation Facilities

Kiah Ridge has a variety of sport and recreation facilities available for its guests, ranging from instructor-led adventure activities to sport and relaxation. Note that unless you have an “Exclusive Use” booking, facilities may be shared with other groups.

There are many sport, recreation and relaxation options at Kiah Ridge. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis and basketball court, outdoor volleyball court, table tennis tables and a large playing field. Kiah Ridge also has one of the few “Disc Golf” courses in New South Wales. In addition, there is a giant outdoor chess set, a maze and a children’s playground.

Instructor-led activities can be booked for recreation purposes, or for training in leadership, initiative or problem solving. Activities offered include archery, orienteering, raft building and team initiative challenges.

There are bushwalking tracks on site and adjacent to the property. Staff can take guests on bush or nature walks or for a bush barbecue lunch. There is also a large campfire circle.

Catering Options – Fully Catered or Self-Catered

Kiah Ridge commonly provides full catering for events. Self-catering is also an option, but only for smaller groups (up to 24 people).

Meals provided for fully catered events are breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as morning and afternoon tea and supper. The food is prepared from locally sourced, seasonal produce. In addition, guests at catered events have all-day access to a tea and coffee station including barista quality coffee.

Meals are served from buffet-style serveries in one of two dining rooms, the Main Dining Room and the Courtyard Dining Room. For larger groups, these rooms are combined and can seat a maximum of 140 guests.

Make sure you contact the catering team prior to your event to discuss any special dietary requirements your guests may have.

Distance from Sydney

Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre is located just on 100 kilometres south-west of Sydney, or up to 1½ hours’ drive, near the small town of Tahmoor.

To get there from Sydney, follow the M1, M5 and Hume Motorway (M31) to the Picton Road exit. Take the Picton Road exit, turn right, and travel through Picton and Tahmoor.

Turn right onto Bargo River Road. After crossing two bridges, the first road to the left is the private access road to Kiah Ridge.

Follow the signs to Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre.

Comparison between Kiah Ridge and Long Point Conference Centre

Kiah RidgeLong Point Conference Centre
AccommodationUp to 150 guests
Exclusive or shared use bookings
Up to 150 guests
Exclusive use bookings only
On-site Facilities160 seat conference room
140 seat dining room
Swimming pool
Children’s playground
Other sport and recreation facilities
Instructor led activities
200 seat auditorium
160 seat dining area
Swimming pool
Children’s playground
Sports field with flood lights
Other sport and recreation facilities
CateringFully catered or self-cateredFully catered or self-catered
Distance from SydneyUp to 1 1/2 hoursUp to 1 hour

Local Attractions

There are several attractions within a short drive of Kiah Ridge that cater for a variety of interests and age groups. 

The historic Weir Fire Trail passes through Kiah Ridge along the Bargo River. 

This is a track suitable for walking which leads to Picton Weir. Binoculars are recommended for bird-watching. However, there are no toilet facilities, picnic tables or drinking water along the track or at the Weir, so make sure you come prepared for your walk.

Mermaid Pools is a beautiful natural waterhole on the Bargo River. 
It is approximately 5.4 kilometres or about 10 minutes’ drive from Kiah Ridge. From the car park, the waterhole is a one hour bushwalk. 
Note that swimming in Mermaid Pools is not recommended and is at one’s own risk. However, there are other smaller waterholes along the walking track which are safe to swim in.

The NSW Rail Museum is located in Thirlmere, about 7 kilometres or approximately 8 minutes’ drive away. 

This museum has Australia’s largest collection of heritage rolling stock. The museum includes the Main Exhibition Building with highlights such as a Governor-General’s carriage, and the Great Train Hall which includes carriages that you can climb on board. 

Facilities available include toilets, and extensive lawns with barbecues and shaded picnic areas. A café is open on weekends.

Not too far from Thirlmere is the Thirlmere Lakes National Park
This park is about 7.5 kilometres or 14 minutes’ drive from Kiah Ridge. It’s a great place for birdwatching as more than 140 species of birds are found in this area. There is also a Heritage Pump Station which was once used to pump water to steam locomotives. 
The park has walking tracks around the lakes and picnic facilities.
Note: The above is provided for information purposes only. Long Point Conference Centre does not formally endorse Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre, and we recommend you to make your own enquiries if you plan to book a stay at any venue not affiliated with us.