Footsteps of St Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage • Holy Trinity Parish – Harvest Journeys

Footsteps of St Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage • Holy Trinity Parish

Holy Trinity Parish Pilgrimage departing Monday 17 October 2022
Set out together on a true Australian Pilgrimage through the life and times of Mary MacKillop, as we rekindle the story, landscapes and spirit of our nations’ first Saint.

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Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre • Town of Lara • Apollo Bay (1) • Great Ocean Road • The Twelve Apostles • Portland (2) • Hamilton • Mt Gambier (Blue Lake) • Penola (2) • Coonawarra winery visit • Town of Robe • Murray Bridge • Victor Harbor (1) • Hahndorf German Village • Barossa Valley (2) • Sevenhill Winery / Ignatian Centre • MacKillop Adelaide highlights • Adelaide (1)

  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Departs Monday 17 October 2022
  • With Fr Raju Jacob MST
  • And Tour Director Donrita Reefman
  • Melbourne to Adelaide
  • Daily Mass


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

Day 1Mon 17 October – Anniversary of the Cannonisation of St Mary Mackillop - Melbourne via Lara & Lorne to Apollo Bay

Theme: New Beginnings
Proposed Mass: Mary MacKillop Chapel, Melbourne

  • Tour the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre and Museum where we will hear the story of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and her life and work and the work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. 
  • Enjoy morning tea at the Heritage Centre.
  • Travel west to Lara and visit the home of Peter MacKillop, Mary’s uncle.
  • Travel south along the Great Ocean Road for an exhilarating drive via Lorne.

Apollo Bay overnight (BD) 

Day 2Tue 18 October - Apollo Bay to Portland

Theme: Wonder of Creation
Proposed Mass: Lady of the Sea, Apollo Bay

  • Continue along the stunning Great Ocean Road.
  • See the Twelve Apostles, the magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s dramatic coastline.
  • Travel on via the colourful seaside village of Port Campbell.

Portland Overnight (BD)

Day 3Wed 19 October - Portland Exploration

Theme: Food for the Journey
Proposed Mass: All Saints Catholic Church, Portland

  • Explore the sites of Mary Mackillop including Bay View House & Stables.
  • Celebrate Mass at the All Saints Catholic Church in Portland where Mary was once a sacristan. Also see here the stained glass window depicting the young Mary teaching her students.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Sunset drive option to nearby Cape Bridgewater.

Portland Overnight (BD)

Day 4Thu 20 October - Portland to Penola via Hamilton & Mt Gambier

Theme: Springs of Living Water
Proposed Mass: St Mary’s Catholic Church, Hamilton

  • Travel north to Hamilton, where Mary MacKillop spent her time during the 1860s.
  • Visit the grave of Mary MacKillop’s father at the Hamilton Cemetery.
  • Travel into South Australia via Dartmoor & Nelson to Port MacDonnell jetty where Mary sailed to Adelaide on the SS Penola in 1867.
  • Visit Mt Gambier and the stunning Blue Lake.
  • Arrive Penola.

Penola overnight (BD)

Day 5Fri 21 October - Penola Pilgrimage Day

Theme: Grace Through Trials
Proposed Mass: St Joseph’s Church, Penola

  • Join the local community for morning tea after Mass.
  • Explore the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre where we will have a light lunch.
  • Visit a local Catholic family winery, for a vineyard tour and wine tasting.

Penola overnight (BLD)

Day 6Sat 22 October - Penola to Victor Harbor

Theme: Spirit of the Pioneers
Proposed Mass: St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Robe

  • Travel to Robe this morning.
  • View the stunning Pink Lake at Meningie.
  • Arrive into Murray Bridge & visit St Joseph’s School founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St Joseph.
  • Continue onto Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor overnight (BD)

Day 7Sun 23 October – Victor Harbor to Barossa Valley

Theme: Hope & Inspiration
Proposed Mass: TBC

  • Wander through Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement.
  • Visit Lyndoch Lavender Farm.

Barossa Valley overnight (BD)

Day 8Mon 24 October - Sevenhill Ignatian Centre and Winery

Theme: Abundance of Blessings
Proposed Mass: St Aloysius Church, Sevenhill

  • Visit the 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.
  • Remainder of the afternoon to rest back at our lovely hotel.

Barossa Valley overnight (BLD)

Day 9Tuesday 25 October - Barossa Valley to Adelaide

Theme: Peace & Reconciliation
Proposed Mass: St Patrick’s Church, Adelaide

  • Travel south to Adelaide, the City of Churches.
  • Join the “Mary MacKillop’s Tour” visiting the St Mary MacKillop precinct in Adelaide. Follow the Mary MacKillop Walk through the suburbs of Kensington and Norwood which became an important part in Mary’s story. Visit the Mary MacKillop Museum and St Joseph’s Chapel. 
  • Mass at St Patrick’s Church on the site where Mary MacKillop worshiped from 1867-1871.
  • Farewell dinner celebration. 

Adelaide overnight (BD)

Day 10Wednesday 26 October - Finish Adelaide

Theme: Empowered to Shine

Transfer to the airport for your homebound flights. (B)

* 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.

Dates & Prices

STARTS Mon 17 October 2022
FINISHES Wed 26 October 2022
TOUR COST AUD $3990 (twin share) *
SINGLE ROOM AUD $1348 Supplement
PREPAID TIPS $60 per person

* 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 (25)


  • Economy flights – Adelaide to Melbourne
  • Twin share accommodation in moderate /superior Hotels
  • All touring in a deluxe coach with professional driver/guide
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • A Harvest Travel Pack – Backpack, Travel Wallet, Journal

Not included

  • Any meals not listed
  • All beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips / gratuities / donations (refer to the Prepaid Tipping allowance)


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  • Let us all resign ourselves into His hands, and pray that in all things He may guide us to do His Holy Will… When thoughts of this or that come I turn to Him and say: “Only what you will, my God. Use me as You will.

    St. Mary MacKillop
  • When I want something very much, I thank God beforehand for I feel God will certainly grant what he has been thanked for.

    St. Mary MacKillop
  • Courage, courage, trust in God who helps you in all things we feel our crosses hard at times, but our courage should rise with them. 

    St. Mary MacKillop


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