Please note that from October 2020, group tours are only offered by tour companies on homepage.
For self-guided pilgrims the journey may be broken into smaller legs, however this will take longer than the usual 8 days of walking. You should probably allocate around 7 -10 days depending on how far you would like to walk in one day. Not all stages of the camino have accommodation between the towns, but certainly some of the longer ones do. With good planning, the camino could be achieved by walking on average 24km per day. At this stage it is highly recommended that you have some sort of vehicular back-up support to assist you, particularly in the remote parts of the Great South West Walk.
Passports are only available at the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre where the first stamp is issued. So pilgrims should begin the camino at the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre (open 10am – 4pm Mon-Fri)
After signing the ‘Register of Pilgrims’ you may like to take with you some small items of assistance and memorabilia such as.
- Guide Book
- Pilgrim’s scallop shell
- Bag tag
- Pilgrim passport
The guide book contains more detailed information that may be useful for planning purposes. If you are to do the Aussie Camino for a second or third time, bring your old passport and you can use the same pilgrim number.
Getting There and Back
The Mary Mackillop Heritage Centre is located at:
362 Albert Street
(03) 9926 9300
For pilgrims coming from outside Melbourne it is best to stay overnight at a city hotel prior to departure
Sometimes a pilgrim mass can be celebrated in the small chapel. Pilgrims are invited to visit the gift shop and museum both of which have an enormous amount of information on Mary MacKillop and Julian Tennison Woods. If going by train you can walk a short distance to catch a free tram (Route 86 or 96 ) to Southern Cross Station . From there pilgrims will take the V/line train to Warrnambool and then a connecting bus to Portland arriving around 6:20pm.
When arriving at Penola you can stay over one night and catch a bus and connecting train back to Melbourne the following day. This may go via Ballarat or Portland depending on the V/line timetable. Trains arrive back at Southern Cross (Melbourne) around 9pm. For pilgrims wishing to fly out from Tullamarine, there is a connecting Skybus to the airport. It is suggested that flights are booked no earlier than 11:30pm.
If Returning to Melbourne From Penola it is about 30min car trip to Mount Gambier. From there you can catch a bus + train to Melbourne. Look up the timetable on. V/Line Timetable
If Travelling to Adelaide Look up the SA Stateliner bus timetable: SA Stateliner Bus
Bag and Pilgrim Transport Options Self guided pilgrims may seek assistance with local operators.
All About Us Bus
- Phone: Gary 0498 140 115
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allaboutusbus/
Friends of the Great South West Walk
- website: https://greatsouthwestwalk.com/friends-of-the-great-south-west-walk/
- Email: email@example.com
On Completion All pilgrims can sign the register present their passport and receive a ‘credential’ presented at:
Mary MacKillop Pastoral Centre
Penola SA 5277