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Camino Salvado Pilgrims Trail – Adventurous Women

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  • A pilgrimage for women, established in the spirit of Dom Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine
  • See changing landscapes, stunning wildflowers and wildlife, and discover yourself
  • Carry only a daypack and spend each night in comfortable accommodation

When I returned home, I felt refreshed, rejuvenated… – Deb W.

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THE DETAILS

$1,695 per person / $1,595 pensioner (must hold valid concession card)

Take a pilgrimage with like-minded women on the Camino Salvado, a trail established in the spirit of Dom Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine who came to serve the Indigenous people in the early Swan River Settlement. This nine-day trip includes eight days of walking from the city to the bush. Along the way, you won’t just see the changing landscape, stunning wildflowers and wildlife, but you’ll discover yourself, the land and the amazing history behind the trail. With luggage transferred between accommodations for you, you’ll only need to carry a daypack.

INCLUSIONS

  • Transfers from Perth
  • Meals – 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Professional dedicated and friendly tour guide
  • Transport between the start/end of each day’s walking and the accommodation (plus transport of overnight luggage – you will only walk with a daypack each day)
  • Comfortable Twin Share Accommodation in chalets/cottages along the way, with the last evening spent in basic, but clean, comfortable & authentic, accommodation at the Monastery Guesthouse in New Norcia. In a couple of the places, we can offer a ‘single’ room at additional cost ($70 per person, per night) on request. This is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Maximum group size of 10

WHAT TO BRING

  • You will receive a detailed gear list for the trip upon booking.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Walking time: 5 – 9 hours per day (please note that there is no walking on day 9 of the tour)
  • Walking distance: 17 – 26 kilometres per day (please note that there is no walking on day 9 of the tour)
  • Difficulty: You will need to be fit and in good health in order to enjoy the experience.
  • Child friendly: No.
  • We strongly recommend that all people over the age of 50 have a medical check up before walking the Trail, and to consult your Doctor if you have any ongoing health problems that might affect you over a 8 day walk. Then we suggest some warm up walks, increasing in length over a period of 4 to 6 weeks prior to walking the Pilgrim Trail. In that way you will be fit and able to fully enjoy a really memorable experience.
  • Note: This is not your typical ‘pretty’ bushwalk. It’s a pilgrimage. It’s meant to challenge you both physically and mentally. At times, you will walk along roads with traffic passing by, you could be walking in hot exposed conditions..or it could be raining, October is unpredictable, you will encounter flies, ticks, and sore/tired feet. However, you will reap many rewards, as you discover more about yourself, the land and the amazing history behind the trail.

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ITINERARY

Day One 23km walk
Today marks the beginning of our journey, an urban walk from St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco, along Kings Park Road, passing through the City’s financial district, walking via St George’s Terrace. Further along, the route passes the major Churches in the city, then onto East Perth and the Swan River Foreshore. From here, we meander along the river and into historical Guildford.
Day Two 25km walk
We begin our day walking out of Guildford and into the countryside, through the vineyards of the Swan Valley. This section of the trail provides us with stunning views of both Bells Rapids and Walyunga National Park, a place steeped with cultural significance, containing one of the largest known Aboriginal campsites within close proximity to Perth, believed to be still in use by the Nyoongar people, late last century.
Day Three 25km walk
As we walk through Walyunga today, we recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of Walyunga National Park. This part of the trail is hilly and there are some stunning views back to the City, where we began our walk a couple of days ago. Leaving the National Park, we cross through farmland where we connect with the Lower Chittering Valley. Our walk for the rest of the day is made up of winding roads and gentle hills.
Day Four 21km walk
Spring is in the air and today, we enjoy walking through the Chittering Valley when it is at it’s best! Our trail follows the road today, as it meanders through the Valley, so there is a lot of hard surface walking. It may well be more comfy to wear ‘runners/sneakers’ for this section.
Day Five 26km walk
Today we follow the trail through the Julimar State Forest and experience the wide open farmland on one side and the beauty of the Julimar Forest on the other. This time of year the forest is teeming with both birdlife and wildflowers….a photographer’s delight.
Day Six 26km walk
It’s off the beaten track we go today, as we head into agricultural areas belonging to local landowners. The walk takes us through glorious scenery where native orchids lie hidden in the bush. There are also glimpses of some iconic landmarks.
Day Seven 22km walk
Today is going to be tough going, as we follow along Old Plains Road, which is a dirt road and is fairly monotonous, however this day is perfect for reflection and meditation.
Day Eight 17km walk
We continue along Old Plains Road today until it meets the Great Northern Highway. The day offers many rewards, as it’s a beautiful stretch, affording fantastic views of the Deep Space Telescope in the foothills to the west and then on approaching the Spanish heritage site of New Norcia, all the feelings of the past seven days will unfold.
Day Nine Return to Perth
Return to Perth via coach after the 9.00am Community Mass, sightseeing & pub lunch at New Norcia.