Footsteps of St Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage – Harvest Journeys

Footsteps of St Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage

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

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Departs 13 October 2022 with Fr David Catterall
  • Melbourne to Adelaide
  • Daily Mass


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

Day 1Begin Melbourne

Theme: God’s Provision
Melbourne overnight (D)

Day 2Melbourne via Lara to Apollo Bay

Theme: New Beginnings
Proposed Mass: Mary MacKillop Chapel

  • 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 3Apollo Bay to Portland

Theme: Wonder of Creation
Proposed Mass: Lady of the Sea

  • Morning Mass at ‘Lady of the Sea’ parish church in 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 4Portland Exploration

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

  • 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 5Portland to Penola via Hamilton & Mt Gambier

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

  • Travel north to Hamilton to celebrate Mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church 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 6Penola Pilgrimage Day

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

  • Celebrate Mass at St Joseph’s Church.
  • Join the local community for morning tea after Mass
  • Explore the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre where we will have a light lunch
  • Visit Fr Woods Park (and sculptures) where he would regularly say Mass
  • Visit a local Coonawarra family winery, for a vineyard tour and wine tasting

Penola overnight (BLD)

Day 7Penola to Victor Harbor

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

  • Travel to Robe this morning for Mass at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church
  • See Kingston’s Big Lobster
  • View the stunning Pink Lake at Meningie
  • Stop at Murray Bridge & visit St Joseph’s School founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St Joseph.
  • Arrive at the coastal playground of Victor Harbor
  • Fairy Penguins tour at dusk: enjoy a horse-drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island, home to the wild penguin colony

Victor Harbor overnight (BD)

Day 8Victor Harbor to Barossa Valley 

Theme: Hope & Inspiration
Proposed Mass: St Joan of Arc Catholic Church

  • Celebrate Mass at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Victor Harbor
  • Wander through Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement
  • Visit Lyndoch Lavender farm

Barossa Valley overnight (BD)

Day 9Sevenhill Ignatian Winery & Chateau High Tea

Theme: Abundance of Blessings
Proposed Mass: St Aloysius Church

  • 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
  • Mass in the beautiful St Aloysius Church
  • Return to Lyndoch for a ‘High Tea’ lunch at the opulent Barossa Chateau
  • Remainder of the afternoon to rest back at our lovely hotel.

Barossa Valley overnight (BLD)

Day 10Barossa Valley to Adelaide 

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

  • 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 worshipped from 1867-1871.
  • Farewell dinner celebration.

Adelaide overnight (BD)

Day 11Finish Adelaide (B)

Theme: Empowered to Shine

* 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

Tour Cost
13 - 23 Oct 2022
Fr David Catterall
AUD $3990
More info
13 - 23 Oct 2022
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13 - 23 Oct 2022


Fr David Catterall

Tour Cost

AUD $3990

Tour Code


Single Room

AUD $1190 Supplement

Air & Tour




Prepaid Tips


* 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

  • Airfares
  • Other meals not listed
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Travel insurance - ask Harvest about its preferred Travel Insurance


Fr Michael Dyer
March 2022

Fr Michael Dyer

The Catholic Weekly: The Bishop of Wollongong, Bishop Peter Ingham, ordained Fr Michael to the priesthood 11 months after ordaining him a transitional deacon. Prior to that, Fr Michael had been a Christian Brother, teaching in secondary schools and co-ordinating adult faith formation. read more

Fr John Corrigan
August 2022

Fr John Corrigan

Fr David Catterall
October 2022

Fr David Catterall


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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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