Columba's Backyard – Harvest Journeys Catholic Pilgrimages
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TOUR DETAILS (indicative)
Tour Code CB2201
Starts 24 March 2022
Finishes 04 April 2022
Tour Cost $4390 per person Twin Share
+ Domestic Airfares (if applicable)
Single Room $1450 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.

  • 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • 24 March - 4 April 2022
  • Depart Sydney
  • Arrive 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

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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  • Broken Hill (2)  • Wilpena Pound (2) • Flinders Ranges • Quorn township • Pichi Richi Steam train experience • Port Augusta (1)  • Clare Valley – Sevenhill Winery •  Adelaide (1) • Mary MacKillop Precinct.


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 in the Bishop’s childhood Parish of All Saints Church, Bogan Gate. 
  • 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 
  • 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

Nyngan Overnight (BD)


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

  • Mass this morning at St Patrick’s Church, Nyngan
  • 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
  • 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 Flinders Ranges

  • Travel westward along the Barrier Highway viewing saltbush and rural mountain scenery. 
  • Crossing into South Australia, visit the historic railway towns of Peterborough and Hawker.  
  • Travel on to Wilpena Pound at the base of a remarkable bowl-shaped natural amphitheatre in the heart of the northern Flinders Ranges. 
  • Enjoy a sunset walk with the kangaroos amongst the ancient Red River gums before dinner.

Wilpena Pound Resort Overnight (BD)


Day 9 – Friday 1 April – Flinders Range Exploration Day

  • Choose from varying levels of spectacular bushwalks today, including the Old Homestead and Wangarra Lookout walk, Arkaroo RockBrachina Gorge and the Cazneaux Tree being one of the most photographed trees in Australia. 
  • Remainder of day at leisure to relax and enjoy our unique surroundings

Wilpena Pound Resort Overnight (BD)


Day 10 – Saturday 2 April – Wilpena Pound via Pichi Richi Railway to Port Augusta

  • Set out west to the historic outback railway town of Quorn to browse the shops and enjoy a morning tea in one of the quirky cafes. 
  • All aboard the Pichi Richi Railway as we step back in time on our classic Steam train adventure through gorgeous parts of the Flinders. 
  • Arrive at beautiful Port Augusta on the Spencer Gulf where the Outback meets the ocean 
  • See main highlights of the town 
  • Share a Vigil Mass tonight with the Port Augusta Catholic Community of All Saints Parish 

Port Augusta Overnight (BLD)


Day 11 – Sunday 3 April – Via Sevenhill Winery to Adelaide

  • Travel South to visit the Sevenhill Winery and Centre of Ignatian Spirituality in the Clare Valley 
  • Pray here in the unique St Aloysius Church 
  • Continue on to beautiful Adelaide, the City of Churches 
  • We will prioritise a visit this afternoon to the Mary MacKillop Precinct to celebrate the life of Australia’s first saint. Here we will also visit the Mary MacKillop Museum before entering into the peaceful St Joseph’s Chapel (Mary’s much-loved place of personal prayer) for our final Mass. 
  • Farewell dinner celebration. 

Adelaide Overnight (BD)


Day 12 – Monday 4 April – Finish Adelaide (B)

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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