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Min. 4 Max. 8 Walkers plus leader

6 nights/4 days walking/1 day sight seeing

Fitness - Moderate, this country is relatively flat however long days of road walking can be tough on feet.

(modified itinerary for 2024 tours, please scroll down)

Connect - Reflect - Renew

Bunganditj/Boandik Country

Explore the diverse landscape and history of South Australia's Limestone Coast; from the seaside town of Port MacDonnell, to picturesque Penola via the quaint town of Kalangadoo on this Taste of the Aussie Camino.

Whilst traversing this rich limestone landscape you'll see volcanos, sinkholes, wetlands, thriving farmland, pine and native forests. You will walk on back country roads, alongside paddocks and sections of bitumen as we head to Penola over four days.

Awaken your inner pilgrim as we walk and discover the extraordinary work of May MacKillop, Australia'ss only saint, and Father Tenison Woods. Mary travelled extensively across Australia and beyond, our walk begins at Port MacDonnell where Mary boarded a boat in 1867 to continue on her journey to sainthood.

On the final day you will visit the Mary MacKillop Interpretative Centre, enjoy a celebration lunch in the famous Coonawarra.

Slow down and enjoy a pleasant walking pace as we traverse the landscape offering time to connect with others and nature.

Itinerary 2023

Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage Port MacDonnell to Penola - Boandik Country

Duration 6 nights and 5 full days, most meals will be provided, accommodation will be twin share in historic hotels, with shared bathroom facilities. Carry day pack only.


A* Locally owned and operated

A* Aussie Camino pilgrim'ss passport, shell, guide book and Compostela

A* 6 nights twin share accommodation in Historic Hotels, Cabin/Cottages

A* Car parking in Penola

A* Private transfer Penola to Port MacDonnell

A* 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches

A* 3 Dinners

A* Celebratory multi course lunch in Coonawarra Wine Region

A* Luggage transfer to hotels

A* Entry to Mary MacKillop Interpretative Centre

A* Transfer to caves, visit to Father Woods Park and Coonawarra Railway Siding

A* Guided Cave tour, World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves

A* Experienced local hiking guide

Carbon offset via supporting Port MacDonnell Landcare Group in their revegetation efforts in lower Limestone Coast.


A* Travel insurance

A* Beverages and meals not listed

A* Extra taxi services if required




A* Self-drive to Penola where your car will be based for the trip.

A* Fly or bus to Mt Gambier

Transfer departs from Penola at 4pm or Mt Gambier at 4:30pm to Port MacDonnell for 6pm dinner and debrief at the Victoria Hotel.

This evening you will receive your Camino passport, shell, bag tag and guidebook. Your passport shall be stamped at each stop on your pilgrimage and be a great memento to take home.

Choose and purchase own meal this evening



Our pilgrimage begins with a short stroll to the Port MacDonnell foreshore for a welcome to country and very special story from local First Nations Elder.

This site, the Port MacDonnell jetty, is where in June 1867 Mary MacKillop left the region to begin the next chapter in her journey to sainthood.Heading north we traverse back roads on route towards a large cone-shaped volcano, Mount Schank state heritage area/Parreen.

Walking past an original basalt stone cottage built in the late 1800'ss, we make our way up a short steep ascent to the rim of the crater. We shall walk the rim of the crater, soaking in spectacular views looking back to the coast from where we started. You have the opportunity to walk into the centre of the cone if you wish. A unique eco-accommodation featuring geodesic glamping domes can be seen nestled on the lower side of the volcano.

Transfer to our accommodation for the evening in Mt Gambier via the locals' favourite Scroll Queen for a treat!

Meals included B, L, D



Today'ss walk will take us to the rim of another volcano, the beautiful Blue Lake/Warwar, a water filled volcanic crater which turns a stunning cobalt blue during the summer months.

Once past the lake we head out of Mount Gambier along the sealed rail trail to the outskirts of town. Now back in the country blocks we walk past old cottages, quarries, pine plantations and finish off with a stroll through a beautiful Stringybark forest to Mingbool.

Our destination is Bush Haven Cottages where we can relax and soak up the peace and bird song of this rural property.

We will share a BBQ for dinner tonight.

Meals included B, L, D

Note: After the Blue Lake there is the opportunity to catch a taxi to the outskirts of town and cut a few kilometres of bitumen walking off the trail.



Today we head to Kalangadoo through beautiful red gum country, these trees are an integral part of the landscape and culturally significant to all, providing important food, shelter and materials for animals and humans.

Comfortable walking on flat limestone lanes and roads. This agricultural district, contains apple orchards, cattle, potato farms and timber.

A highlight of this walk is the beautiful avenue of eucalypts which welcome us into town towards our destination for the evening a good ole country pub the Kalangadoo Hotel.

Meals included B, L, D



Our last day of walking today as we leave Kalangadoo, walking past beautiful Red Gums to Penola/Pina Ngula.

This section takes us along back farm roads and can be a bit overgrown in parts, long pants/gaiters recommended today. The last leg into Penola is along a bitumen road.

In Penola our pilgrimage ends where the story of St Mary and Father Woods began. Together they established St Joseph'ss School, which was the first free Catholic school and created a congregation of Sisters, known as the 'Josephites's or 'Brown Joeys's.

Time for a celebration drink! You shall enjoy a meal and rest your weary feet at the historical limestone Royal Oak Hotel for the next two nights.

Meals included B, L

Choose and purchase own meal this evening



An exciting day planned today!

Kicking off at 10am with a tour through the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre, you will learn more about St Mary and Father Woods as you explore the gallery, detailing Mary'ss life and the work of Woods. You may like to view the beautiful stained-glass window dedicated to Mary whilst finding some time for quiet reflection at St Joseph'ss Catholic Church.

At the centre your Camino Passports will be stamped and official Compostela issued, recognising your pilgrimage on the Taste of the Aussie Camino.

You will then be escorted to a Coonawarra winery restaurant for a celebratory three course lunch showcasing regional food and wine. After lunch a side trip to the famous Coonawarra rail siding for a photo prior to travelling to the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves. Here you will be treated to a private guided tour into a beautiful naturally lit cave, Blanche Cave, explored and written about by Father Woods.

Your pilgrimage guide will bid you farewell at the Caves. On the drive back to Penola you will stop at Father Woods Park. This park is home to a series of sculptures depicting the life of Father Woods and Saint Mary. Returning to your accommodation in Penola the evening shall be at your leisure.

Meals included B, L

2024 Itinerary - Please note change to itinerary for 2024 bookings.

Day 1 to 4 are the same.

Day 5 includes Mary MacKillop Centre in morning and celebration lunch in the Coonawarra, the afternoon is at your leisure.

If you are a group booking and wish to experience a private guided cave tour at the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves National Park and visit Father Woods Park to view the wood carvings, please email tour operator below to inquire.

You can also reduce your stay to 5 nights and depart after lunch on the Friday if preferred.

Please contact Tour Operator for all inquiries

Packing List for Taste of the Aussie Camino

5 days 6 nights


A* Overnight luggage bag, soft, lockable, max 15kg when packed

A* Good day pack backpack waist strap suggested

A* Rain protector for pack or line with garbage bag

A* Worn in walking shoes or hiking boots

A* Small first aid & blister kit e.g. Strapping tape, Second skin Band-Aid, space blanket

A* Personal medication

A* Sun hat

A* Sunscreen

A* Toilet paper, hand shovel & hand sanitiser

A* Layers e.g. short and long-sleeved tops thermal (e.g. merino, no cotton)

A* Jumper/jacket

A* Shorts/leggings/hiking pants (no jeans or cotton as they retain water)

A* Raincoat with hood

A* Gaiters (long grass sections)

A* Capacity to carry 2 litres water

A* Head torch

A* Snacks

A* Change of clothes for evening


A* Small thermos

A* Hiking poles

A* Neck buff

A* Wet weather pants

A* Warm Gloves

A* Sunglasses

A* Umbrella

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