Columba's Backyard – Harvest Journeys Catholic Pilgrimages
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TOUR DETAILS (indicative)
Tour Code CB2201
Starts 24 March 2022
Finishes 03 April 2022
Tour Cost $TBA per person Twin Share
+ Domestic Airfares (if applicable)
Single Room $ TBA Supplement
Deposit $800 upon booking
* Prices are indicative and remain subject to possible changes in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare increases or minimum group size contingencies.
Accommodation at superior standard 3 – 4 star hotels with breakfast and dinner daily • Lunches as per the itinerary • Deluxe Air-Conditioned Touring Coach • Professional Driver / Guide throughout the program • Accompanied by a Harvest Tour Director • All sightseeing and entrance fees as listed • Quality Harvest pilgrim pack including Harvest backpack, Pilgrim Journal and Travel Wallet.
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Columba’s Backyard

Fasten your seatbelts for a fun-filled exploration of the NSW outback and beyond, as Bishop Columba opens the doors to his widespread Church family and reveals the heart of a shepherd among his people

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • 24 March - 3 April 2022
  • Departs Sydney
  • Returns Adelaide
  • With Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE
  • Daily Mass
Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green

Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE
After spending two years with the Conventual Franciscans, Bishop Columba joined the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit (Pauline Fathers) and studied for the Priesthood at Vianney College in Wagga Wagga. He served as an NSW Police Chaplain to the Wagga Wagga and Camden Local Area Commands, before the Police Headquarters in Brisbane, and for the South Eastern Region of Queensland. Bishop Columba is the Bishop for his home diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, as well as the Chair of the Bishops Commission for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. His joyful demeanour along with the regular sounds of his Scottish bagpipes on tour are sure to make this a pilgrimage one you may never forget.

And with Tour Director: Mr Chris Hohnen

Columbas backyard map

HIGHLIGHTS: Start Sydney • Blue Mountains • Parkes (2) • ‘The Dish’ – Parkes Observatory • Forbes • Bogan Gate • Peak Hill – Gold Mine • Dubbo (1) • Western Plains Zoo • Narromine • Nyngan (1) • Cobar • White Cliffs (1) – Underground Motel • Red Earth Opal Mine Tour • Wilcannia • Broken Hill exploration (2) • Wentworth Gaol • Mildura (1) • Murray River Paddle Steamer Dinner • Barossa Valley (2) • Sevenhill Winery / Ignatian Centre • High Tea at Barossa Chateau • Finish Adelaide.


Day 1 – Thursday 24 March 2022 – Sydney to Parkes

  • Travel to Parkes via the Blue Mountains

Parkes Overnight (D)


Day 2 – Friday 25 March – Forbes, Bogan Gate and the Dish

  • Travel south to Forbes and see its famous Heritage trail buildings
  • Join with Bishop Columba in his home Parish, Saint Laurence O’Toole Church
  • Visit Bogan Gate – the birthplace of Bishop Columba!
  • Celebrate Mass.
  • This afternoon visit the Parkes Observatory (‘The Dish’ which tracked and televised the 1969 moon landing)

Parkes Overnight (BD)


Day 3 – Saturday 26 March – Parkes via Peak Hill to Dubbo

  • Mass this morning will be held at Holy Family Church, Parkes (with Fr Barry Dwyer)
  • Visit Peak Hill Open Cut Gold Mine (tour and lookout)
  • Visit Dubbo’s Shoyoen Japanese Garden

Dubbo Overnight (BD)


Day 4 – Sunday 27 March – Taronga Western Plains Zoo & Narromine to Nyngan

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Taronga Western Plain Zoo (with Safari Bus & Zoo Guide)
  • Continue on to Narromine:
    • Andonbel Alpaca Coffee Shop – Sip a Coffee while feeding the Alpacas!
  • Celebrate Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church (with Fr Sabbas Assenga)

Nyngan Overnight (BD)


Day 5 – Monday 28 March – Western Outback discovery to White Cliffs

  • Mass this morning at St Patrick’s Church, Nyngan (concelebrated with Fr Abraham Cheripuram)
  • Visit the Big Bogan statue (photo opportunity) and the Mid-State Shearing Shed Museum
  • Travel to Cobar where we will see the Bourke Hill Lookout and Open Cut Mine
  • Visit the Great Cobar Heritage Centre
  • FEATURE STAY – White Cliffs Underground Motel

White Cliffs Overnight (BD)


Day 6 – Tuesday 29 March – Via Wilcannia to Broken Hill

  • This morning we will tour the Red Earth Opal Mine (closed in shoes are required)
  • Visit Wilcannia for Mass at St John the Apostle Church
  • Sunset Sculptures Symposium

Broken Hill Overnight (BD)


Day 7 – Wednesday 30 March – Broken Hill Exploration

  • Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral, Broken Hill (with Fr Vincent Kamba)
  • Morning City Sights and Heritage Tour
    Afternoon free
  • Sky Show – Outback Night Stargazing Experience

Broken Hill overnight (BD)


Day 8 – Thursday 31 March – Broken Hill to Mildura

  • Travel south to Wentworth – Visit the famous Gaol
  • Mass at St Francis Xavier Church, Wentworth (with Fr Dominic Popplewell FSSP)
  • Murray River Paddle Steamer Dinner Cruise – Mildura

Mildura Overnight (BD)


Day 9 – Friday 1 April – Mildura to Barossa Valley

  • Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Mildura
  • Travel across the S.A border to the German influenced town of Tanunda in the Barossa Valley.
  • Move on to Lyndoch Lavender Farm
  • FEATURE STAY – Lyndoch Hill

Barossa Valley Overnight (BD)


Day 10 – Saturday 2 April – Sevenhill Centre Winery & Barossa Chateau High Tea

  • Visit Sevenhill Centre of Ignatian Spirituality in the Clare Valley
  • Listen to an inspired talk here by one of the local religious
  • Explore Sevenhill Vineyards and enjoy a wine-tasting experience
  • Mass here in the beautiful St Aloysius Church
  • Return to Lyndoch for a ‘High Tea’ late lunch at the opulent Barossa Chateau
  • Remainder of the afternoon to rest back at our lovely hotel.

Barossa Valley Overnight (BLD)


Day 11 – Sunday 3 April – Travel to Adelaide to end tour

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

  • This trip has intensified our spiritual connection with Mary and the time provided gave us time for personal reflections.

    Jocelyn and Jinny
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