Encompassing the traditions of Edmund Rice Retreat and Conference Centre

Edmund Rice Centre ‘Amberley’ is a Retreat and Conference Venue situated on a bend of Melbourne’s Yarra River in Lower Plenty overlooking Westerfolds Park to the Dandenong Ranges. Amberley is approximately 20 kilometres from the heart of Melbourne and 40 minutes from Melbourne’s International Airport and has easy access to both the Western Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway.

Originally built in the late 1920’s as a private residence and after almost 30 years a centre for the Christian Brothers.

Amberley now operates as a school camp and retreat venue, conference and function centre, catering for school, church and community groups. Nestled on 20 acres of native bushland, Amberley has become a place of reflection and spirituality for all who enter its doors. Guests to Amberley comment on the calm and serene atmosphere of this place so close to the bustle of Melbourne.


At Amberley Centre Melbourne, you are surrounded by the peace and tranquillity that only the natural bush setting can provide, and at the same time you can enjoy the comforts, facilities and accommodation to cater for upwards of 100 people. The grounds of Amberley offer walking tracks, tranquil gardens and a Chartres’s replica labyrinth.

The dedicated team at Amberley Retreat and Conference Centre Melbourne, look forward to welcoming and helping you arrange your special function.

Feel free to contact us to discuss your ideas.

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Community Groups

When hosting your next event for your church group, music / craft / dance group, community leadership group, make Edmund Rice Centre Amberley your venue.


And Amberley Centre is the perfect peaceful setting for meditation / mindfulness / yoga retreats.


We offer a variety of rooms from large conference rooms, small meeting rooms to versatile break out areas. First class facilities, audio / video equipment, can be arranged to suit your requirements.

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Family Functions

Amberley Centre Melbourne is flexible as a function venue for a variety of family life celebrations and special occasions... from milestone birthdays, wedding ceremonies and engagements to christenings and confirmations, even funeral wakes for local churches.


Amberley staff will cater to your special needs and requests, help you with planning to make your event a truly memorable occasion.


What people say about Amberley...

"Each year we hold 8 conferences at Amberley and love coming back to a venue that feels like home. The staff are so friendly and accommodating, working hard to make sure everything runs well for us and our participants. With many different conference rooms and stunning grounds, we love how versatile it is, working for our small group breakouts to large banquet dinners. It is always a joy working with Amberley to create memorable events."

Liesel Houghton
Program Event Manager | ARROW LEADERSHIP
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