Camino Salvado Trail | End to End
(Ex Perth) Western Australia - Sat 27th August 2022

Max Participants:
10
Location:
(Ex Perth) Western Australia
Date:
Sat 27th August 2022
Start Time:
8:00am
End Time:
4:00pm
Duration:
9 days
Meals:
8 Lunches 8 Dinners 8 Breakfasts
Non-Member Cost:
$2795.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2695.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$450.00
Single Supplement:
From $550.00 per person
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The Camino Salvado is a 183km pilgrimage from Subiaco to New Norcia in Western Australia that retraces the footsteps of Dom Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine monk who in 1846 founded Australia's unique monastery town of New Norcia. We follow Salvado's inspirational path to connect with country and community.

 

Along the trail we follow the Swan River, head through historical Guildford, the Swan Valley via Bells rapids, site of the famous white water Avon Descent and pass into Walyunga National Park – a place of spiritual significance for the Whadyuk People. Then it’s onto the rolling hills of the Chittering Valley through to Julimar Forest, along backroads, visiting farms, engaging and supporting small communities until we reach our final destination "The Abbey" at New Norcia.

 

Spring is the perfect time to be walking the trail, as we witness abundant wildflower displays during the renowned WA Wildflower Season, coupled with generally mild weather - If you've ever wanted to visit WA during wildflower season, this is THE TIME!!

 

**By choosing to join Adventurous Women on this pilgrimage, you can be confident you're in good hands. We're WA based and know this trail like the back of our hand, having been the first commercial tour operator to ever walk it.  We've undertaken substantial research and have built solid relationships with locals resulting in being granted permission to enter private properties along the way. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable, very experienced and always go the extra mile to ensure everyone is looked after and included.  Last but not least .... We love food, it's our passion and we love sharing it with our guests.

 


 



 



Gallery

Our group ready to roll
St Charles' Seminary Guildford
Making friends along the way
Quartz & Granite Outcrops Darling Scarp
Pretty little wildflower displays
Beautiful kangaroo paws

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● Retracing Dom Salvado’s footsteps in 1846 when he established Australia’s only monastic town of New Norcia

● Walking this iconic trail during WA's Wildflower Season

● Discover the Indigenous history that evolves during this pilgrimage

● Complete one of the world's Camino's

● Be part of creating history, by completing a Camino that is uniquely Australian, where future pilgrims from all over the world will follow in your footsteps.

● Experience one of WA's most visited wine growing regions - The Swan Valley

● Enjoy stunning valley views, Australian bush, rural life and iconic landmarks

● Small group pilgrimage

● Time to reflect, connect & renew

Itinerary

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 to finish out our day.

Walking Distance: Approx 25.5km

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the beautiful Swan Valley

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.

Walking Distance: Approx 26km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the beautiful Swan Valley

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.

Walking Distance: Approx 25km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the beautiful Swan Valley

Spring is in the air and today, we enjoy walking through the Chittering Valley when it is at its 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.

Walking Distance: Approx 21km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the beautiful Swan Valley

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!

Walking Distance: Approx 22.5km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the beautiful Swan Valley

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.

Walking Distance: Approx 24km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Your own room at The Old Convent with shared ablutions (Hostel style, all linen included and we have exclusive use for our group)

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... and of course we always throw in a couple of quirky bits to keep you motivated.

After today's walk, we're transferred to our base camp at New Norcia where we'll stay for the next two evenings.

Walking Distance: Approx 16.5km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Your own room at The Old Convent with shared ablutions (Hostel style, all linen included and we have exclusive use for our group)

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.

Walking Distance: Approx 22km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Your own room at The Old Convent with shared ablutions (Hostel style, all linen included and we have exclusive use for our group)

Today is free at your leisure. You may choose to attend the 6.00am Lauds (Morning Prayer) or 9.00am Community Mass in the Abbey, visit the Museum & Art Gallery, join an organised town tour to learn about the history, or take a stroll around the Monastic town and explore at your own pace. We begin our journey back to Perth early afternoon, arriving back at around 4pm.

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

2 Adventurous Women Experienced & Knowledgeable Guides

Detailed Risk Management Plan

All Licences & Permits Required to Operate Commercial Tours in WA

National Park Fees & Permission to access to Private Land

Public Liability Insurance

Daily Transport - You Only Carry a Day-pack

Quality meals (including pre-dinner nibbles) as per Itinerary / Glass of Bubbles or Soft at Celebration Dinner

5 Nights Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the Swan Valley (Twin Share, unless single supplement requested)

3 nights in The Old Convent at New Norcia (Your own single room, shared ablutions - exclusive use for our group only)

A Memento of your Journey

Adventurous Women Peak Cap & Drawstring Backsack

Hi Viz Vest to wear while on any main roads

8 Lunches

8 Dinners

8 Breakfasts

Excludes

Meals not included in the itinerary

Items of a personal nature

Accommodation

THE FIRST FIVE NIGHTS:

We have secured Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the beautiful Swan Valley.  There is the option to twin share with another member of the group at no additional cost, or pay the extra single supplement of $550 to have your own room within one of the shared villas for the 5 nights.  Please note we cannot guarantee an en-suite if you choose the single supplement, however you will be allocated a bathroom to yourself. 

 

THE LAST THREE NIGHTS:

You will be accommodated at New Norcia:  We have secured the New Norcia Convent (Hostel style accommodation) for our private group only.  Each lady will have her own room, all linen included, however you will share toilet/bathroom facilities with other ladies from our group.  There is a communal lounge and kitchen/dining area within the hostel and we have this all to ourselves.  It's Basic, but neat an tidy and having your own room is a little bit spesh!!! 

 


What To Bring/Wear

- Pre-Departure Trip Notes will be provided well in advance of your departure

More Information

DISTANCE & STYLE OF TRAIL:

The Pilgrim Trail is generally anywhere between 180 - 202k in length, depending upon possible diversions put in place at the time you walk it, new roads (bypasses), changing land ownership & permissions.  Our itinerary (total of 183 kms walking the way of Dom Salvado) follows the Pilgrim Trail Foundation Camino Salvado markers at the time of publishing this itinerary and more recently we've gained permission to access private land, however this may change prior to our departure due to the above factors.   The style of this walk is not your 'typical' pretty bush walk, it's a pilgrimage, it's 'The Way' and is meant to challenge you both physically and mentally. You will however you will reap many rewards, as you discover more about yourself, the land and the amazing history behind the trail, along with stunning wildflowers, Aussie wildlife, changing landscapes and our own hidden gems (there's nothing like the AW Style)  

 

FITNESS/HEALTH REQUIREMENTS:

You will need to be fit and in good health in order to enjoy the experience. We strongly recommend that all walkers have a medical check up before walking the Trail, and 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. 

 

GROUP NUMBERS ON TOUR:

We will take a maximum of 10 ladies ONLY on this tour - be early to secure your place.

 

TRANSPORT: 

Transport is in a comfortable Private Bus from Perth, all pickups to/from track and main luggage transport to and from accommodation while you're out walking.  (You will only walk with a day pack each day)

 

WHY BOOK THE CAMINO SALVADO WITH US:

Adventurous Women is local - a Western Australian Owned and Operated Company.  We've been walking the Camino Salvado Trail for years and have shared our experience with many guests along the way.  We have established relationships with locals, have access to private land and know this trail like the back of our hand.  


No Princess Policy

Princess crossed out

If your reason for booking on this pilgrimage is all about the journey and not the destination, then this trip is for you! 


During the Camino Salvado, you will be reminded by Dom Salvado's journey as you become aware of his unwavering persistence through your own experience. Understanding that not all things go to plan, that chance and change is ok, looking for a deeper meaning and connection, learning patience & resilience, appreciating another's reason for their journey and making small sacrifices along the way (ie: putting up with annoying habits, being aware of others needs, sore feet, blisters, aches & pains)

 

The Camino Salvado Pilgrim Trail will attract people from all walks of life, including those who have faith, those who are seeking faith.... or those who have no faith.  We ask that there is no judgement passed, no forceful opinions and that everyone respects one another's choices for taking this pilgrimage. This is a journey about digging deep .... learning more about yourself, about others, connection with nature & land and/or a higher good, reflection & renewal.  It's not an easy walk in the true spirit of a pilgrimage, so the most important thing is to bring along with you is 'a pilgrims attitude' and you won't be disappointed.



Cancellation & Refunds

Final Balance is Due 6 weeks prior to departure date.

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Adventurous Women with the following conditions:

  • 60 days plus prior to trip departure - Deposit will be held as a Credit for 12 months to be used on an alternative Adventurous Women Tour (unless a replacement can be found for you, or you can't travel due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • 59 - 31 days prior to trip departure - Loss of Deposit (unless a replacement can be found for you, or you can't travel due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • 30 - 0 days prior to trip departure - Loss of 100% of Tour Cost 

    **We recommend taking out Travel Insurance in the unlikely event that you have to cancel your holiday prior to departure for circumstances beyond your control**  We cannot recommend any particular insurer and encourage you to do your research

  • No refund is available after departure of a walk or tour has commenced. 

    COVID - Guarantee
    We recognise that for many, there is still a degree of uncertainty regarding making travel bookings. hence we are providing a deposit guarantee.If you unable to travel on your selected departure date due to: having contracted COVID-19, requiring quarantine due to a family / household member contracting COVID-19, living in an area that restricts travel in the region of your booked trek; you will be offered a full refund.Your final payment, normally due 60 days from departure, will be due 30 days from departure. We believe this will provide an added layer of confidence for you.

    Please note, the refund guarantee relates only to COVID-19 restrictions, and not to a change of mind, circumstances, illness or injury.  


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