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Welcome to Ridgecrest Christian Education & Convention Centre

The Ridgecrest Centre, which is owned & operated by the Western District Baptist Association, is located at an altitude of 550m on 100 ha of mountainous bush land with magnificent 360 degree river valley views over Lake Burrendong, which holds over three times the volume of Sydney Harbour when at full capacity.

A prime location …

Located only 50 minutes from Dubbo & Orange, and 20 minutes from Wellington, Ridgecrest is ideally situated to explore Central Western NSW. Local attractions include Western Plains Zoo, Wellington Caves and Burrundong Dam.

Ideal for school, church & youth camps of any description!

Ridgecrest Christian Education and Convention Centre is the perfect place for your next church, school or youth group camp. While we do not run school camps, Ridgecrest is an ideal location for specialist teacher led camps such as debating, music, orienteering or spiritual retreats.

Great Facilities

Our facilities include both catered and non catered accommodation options for up to 150 people, caring & helpful Christian staff to support your camp needs & healthy, delicious food to feed and refresh you.

It's Impossible! A story of Faith in Action.

The story of the purchase and building of the Ridgecrest Christian Education & Convention Centre is a remarkable story! Many have contributed to the building of this invaluable Christian resource. Here's a brief overview…

A perceived need

A long term project of the Western District Baptist Association, Ridgecrest began with the purchase of the site in the late 1960's to fill the need for a site for christian camps & retreats in the region, when these camps outgrew their current sites. What followed was many years of site development, building & support by passionate members of the local Baptist churches to develop the Ridgecrest facility as we now know it.

An ongoing ministry

This has culminated in a wonderful ministry and relationship building resource which has been instrumental over many years in the development of many church, school and small groups, and with prayer and your support will continue to offer this valuable resource into the future.


It's Impossible! The Ridgecrest Story

Download A PDF of the complete Ridgecrest history


Our Accomodation

Main Campsite

· 7 Cabins with 3 bedrooms in each totalling 99 Beds. Includes 10 single beds which can be converted to double if needed.

· Separate lounge area in each cabin, two internal bathrooms & gas heating.

The Lodge

· 4 bedrooms with 26 beds, bathroom & extra 2 toilets

· Large double kitchen with the option of self catering for groups of 26 campers or less

· Air conditioning & gas heating

Holiday Cottages

· 3 Bedrooms / 6 beds each (including one double/queen)

· Kitchen, lounge and laundry, Internal toilet & bathroom

· Can be used with ‘The Lodge’ for extra beds.

Site Map and Cabin Layout

Click on the coloured cabin links to view a detailed cabin layout

Our Facilities

The LakeView room

Seats 200 people with an impresssive view over the Macquarie river valley. Comes equipped with a PA system

The Grevillea Room

Seats 120 people and is perfect for workshops, children or youth activities that need to be run separately to the main meeting area in the Lakeview room.

The Chapel and the Kurrajong Room

Seat 50 people and can be used as required.

Sporting Facilities

Ridgecrest is equipped with a floodlit main oval as well as a floodlit basketball / volleyball / tennis court . Other Facilities Include TV and DVD players, 2 overhead projectors, pool & table tennis tables and a dart board. A campfire is also allowed when conditions are appropiate.

Quality catering options for every situation

At Ridgecrest healthy, delicious food is our speciality, whether a scrumptous roast dinner with all the trimmings to a light but healthy continental breakfast.

Fully catered

Our dedicated staff utilising our commercial standard kitchen is able to cater for your large camp needs in our comfortable, air conditioned 150 seat dinning room.

Self Catering Options*

For smaller groups, both The Lodge and holiday cabins are set up with internal kitchens, allowing for self-catering.

Special Dietary Considerations

Our experienced, well trained catering staff are able to assist with special dietary needs of your group from vegetarian, to coeliac, or to lactose intolerant provided adequate time is given prior to the camp.

* NB: Camps of more than 26 people must be fully catered by Ridgecrest staff.

The Bathurst Motor MuseumEasy Bus & Coach AccessOur spacious dining hallOnsite bush walking opportunitiesVisit the Old Dubbo GaolEnjoying Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Cooling off at the local pool & waterslide facilityTime to reflect outside our onsite Chapel facilitiesExploring the Wellington Caves & Phosphate MineStrolling through the Osawana Japanese GardensCooling off at the local pool & waterslide facilityHands-on at the Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre

School Camps

Ridgecrest is an ideal venue for school camps.

Whether year group, personal development or specialised curriculum retreats, Ridgecrest not only provides you with great food, facilities & accommodation on site, but can arrange day trips that cover a variety of curriculum outcomes. We not only provide a packed lunch to enjoy while away, but can also host a great range of fun activities to keep students entertained between outings.

A recent student visitor commented …
"This has been the best camp ever!"

Local Curriculum Opportunities

Here are just some of the local places of interest that that can provide some wonderful learning opportunities for students studying subjects in HSIE, Science, Maths, English, History and Technology:

Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Burrendong Dam Hydro & Spillway

Old Dubbo Gaol

Dolittle Farm Reptile Seminars

Wellington Caves

Burrendong Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Osawana Japanese Gardens

Lake Burrendong State Park & Waterslide

Specialised Retreats

Specialised curriculum retreats or extra-curricular groups will also love the peace & quiet at Ridgecrest to achieve quality outcomes in:

• Debating & Music
• Orienteering
• Crusader or ISCF groups
• HSC study camps

For more information on any specific requirements you may have for your next school based camp, please don't hesitate to contact us on (02) 6846 7434 or info@ridgecrest.org.au.

Ridgecrest Christian Education & Convention Centre

621 The Circle Road, Mumbil NSW 2820

Tel/Fax: (02) 6846 7434

Email: info@ridgecrest.org.au

Upcoming Ridgecrest Events in 2016

7 - 9 October

Marriage Enrichment Weekend

 Here is an opportunity for you to make your marriage work even better than it does at the moment.
Come away, relax and give your marriage a boost.

CLICK HERE to register online.


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Pricelists and Terms & Conditions

Catered Camp Pricelist 2016 Download Now

Holiday Cottage Pricelist 2016 Download Now

Lodge Pricelist 2016 Download Now

School Camps Pricelist 2016 Download Now

Campsite Hire Terms & Conditions (A new version is coming soon) Call the office on 68467434 if you need a copy in the meantime.

"How to Get Here" Map Download Now

It's Impossible! The Ridgecrest Story

Download A PDF of the complete Ridgecrest history

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