A Pilgrimage for the Year of St Joseph

The Aussie Camino is a pilgrimage route running from Portland in Victoria to Penola in South Australia, inspired by the life and journeys of Australia’s first Saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop, and her mentor, Fr Julian Tenison Woods.

This year being declared the Year of St Joseph by Pope Francis, is a great opportunity to visit and reflect on the “Josephites” or “Brown Joeys” – the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart – founded by St Mary MacKillop in Penola in 1866.

On average you will walk between 20-25km per day (6-8 hours) for the eight days of walking.  Each day is long, however it is spectacular and is both a spiritual and a human experience.  This Camino includes amazing walks along cliff tops, beaches, sand dunes, goat trails and farm tracks.

Based on the traditions of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, pilgrims receive a guidebook, passport, scallop shell and stay in the local towns along the way. Fr Justin Driscoll will accompany the pilgrims.

10 Days – Portland to Penola:
Departing Ballarat:  Friday, April 30, 2021
Returning Ballarat: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Maximum of 12 people

An information session for this event will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 5.30pm in the smaller hall at St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat.  To register your interest and attend the information session, please contact Leonie at Lifestyle Travel Ballarat leonie@lifestyletravel.com.au