Columba's Backyard – Harvest Journeys Catholic Pilgrimages

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.

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Start Sydney • Blue Mountains • Parkes (2) • ‘The Dish’ – Parkes Observatory • Forbes • Bogan Gate • Peak Hill – Gold Mine • Western Plains Zoo • Dubbo (1) • Narromine • Cobar (1) • 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 • Finish Adelaide.

  • 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • 2023 TBA
  • Sydney to Adelaide
  • With Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE
  • Daily Mass


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

Day 1Sydney to Parkes

Theme: New Beginnings

  • Travel to Parkes via the Blue Mountains

Parkes Overnight (D)

Day 2Forbes, Bogan Gate and the Dish

Theme: God’s Provision
Proposed Mass: Saint Laurence O’Toole

  • 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 3Taronga Western Plains Zoo & Parkes via Peak Hill to Dubbo

Theme: Abundance of Blessings
Proposed Mass: Holy Family Church, Parkes

  • Mass this morning will be held at Holy Family Church, Parkes
  • Visit Peak Hill Open Cut Gold Mine lookout
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Taronga Western Plain Zoo (with Safari Bus & Zoo Guide)

Dubbo Overnight (BD)

Day 4Narromine to Cobar

Theme: Food for the Journey
Proposed Mass: Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church

  • Visit Dubbo’s Shoyoen Japanese Garden
  • Continue to Narromine:
    • Andonbel Alpaca Coffee Shop – Sip a Coffee while feeding the Alpacas!
    • Celebrate Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church

Cobar Overnight (BD)

Day 5Western Outback discovery to White Cliffs

Theme: Grace Through Trials
Proposed Mass: St Laurence O’Toole, Cobar

  • Mass this morning at St Laurence O’Toole, Cobar
  • Visit the Big Bogan statue (photo opportunity) and the Mid-State Shearing Shed Museum
  • 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 6Via Wilcannia to Broken Hill

Theme: Peace & Reconciliation
Proposed Mass: St John the Apostle Church

  • 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 7Broken Hill Exploration

Theme: Identity & Purpose
Proposed Mass: Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral

  • 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 8Broken Hill to Flinders Ranges

Theme: Healing & Restoration
Proposed Mass: SS Philip and James Catholic Church

  • 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 9Flinders Range Exploration Day

Theme: Wonder of Creation
Proposed Mass: Outdoor Mass

  • Choose from varying levels of spectacular bushwalks today, including the Old Homestead and Wangarra Lookout walk, Arkaroo Rock, Brachina 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 10Wilpena Pound via Pichi Richi Railway to Port Augusta

Theme: Empowered to Shine
Proposed Mass: All Saints Parish

  • 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 11Via Sevenhill Winery to Adelaide

Theme: Spirit of the Pioneers
Proposed Mass: St Joseph’s Chapel

  • 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 12Finish Adelaide

Theme: Gratitude & Peace

* All tour inclusions and order of daily arrangements remain subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances, which may arise, or at the discretion of the tour leadership.


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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* 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
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer (as applicable)
  • 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.

Not included

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  • Other meals not listed
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
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  • 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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