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.


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 (2) • Coonawarra winery visit • Robe • Murray Bridge (1) • Hahndorf German Village • Barossa Valley (1) • Sevenhill Ignatian Centre and Winery • High Tea at Lyndoch Hill • Adelaide (2) • MacKillop Adelaide highlights

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • 03 - 13 August 2023 with Fr John Greig
  • Melbourne to Adelaide
  • Daily Mass


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

Day 1Begin Melbourne

Theme: God’s Provision

  • Meet the group at the hotel by 3pm for a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral followed by Mass at St Francis’ Church, Victoria’s oldest Catholic Church.
  • Return to the hotel for our welcome dinner.

Melbourne overnight (D)

Day 2Melbourne 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.
  • Visit the birth site of Mary MacKillop and view the beautiful statue of Mary.
  • 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, Apollo Bay

  • Celebrate Mass at the beautiful Lady of the Sea Church, 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, 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.
  • Travel out to Cape Bridgewater for lunch.
  • Afternoon at leisure (optional tram ride or visit to the Botanical Gardens).
  • Sunset drive option to nearby Cape Nelson.

Portland Overnight (BD)

Day 5Portland 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.
  • Celebrate Mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church and meet some of the local parishioners.
  • Travel into South Australia via Dartmoor where we will have a lunch break and view the Avenue of Honour, where Atlantic Cedars have been creatively carved to commemorate the WWI service men and women from the region.
  • Visit Mt Gambier and the stunning Blue Lake.
  • Also visit the impressive Umpherston Sink Hole with its sunken cave garden.
  • Arrive Penola.

Penola overnight (BD)

Day 6Penola Pilgrimage Day

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

  • Visit Father Woods Tree for morning prayer as well as the old stable at Mary MacKillop Park.
  • Celebrate Mass at Mary MacKillop’s church of St Joseph’s.
  • Explore the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre where we will have a light lunch. View here the finely crafted chalice that belonged to Fr Julian Tenison Woods.
  • Visit a local Catholic family winery, for a vineyard tour and wine tasting or spend the extra free time in Penola.

Penola overnight (BLD)

Day 7Penola to Murray Bridge

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

  • Travel to Robe this morning.
  • See Kingston’s Big Lobster.
  • View the stunning Pink Lake at Meningie.
  • Arrive at the riverside town of Murray Bridge.

Victor Murray Bridge (BD)

Day 8Murray Bridge to Barossa Valley 

Theme: Hope & Inspiration
Proposed Mass: Most Holy Redeemer Church, Murray Bridge

  • Wander through Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Take time to take in the atmosphere of this lovely town.
  • Visit Lyndoch for a late lunch with a lovely ‘High Tea’ experience.
  • Continue to Barossa Valley for our overnight accommodation, if time permits, visit Maggie Beer’s Farmshop.

Barossa Valley overnight (BLD)

Day 9Sevenhill Ignatian Centre

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.
  • Enjoy time in the groups of Sevenhill Vineyards (weather dependent) to eat your lunch.
  • Travel south to Adelaide, the City of Churches

Adelaide overnight (BD)

Day 10St Mary Mackillop Precinct, Adelaide 

Theme: Peace & Reconciliation
Proposed Mass: St Joseph’s Chapel, Mary MacKillop Centre

  • Begin at St Mary’s College Convent on West Terrace to pray in the Chapel where St Mary was excommunicated.
  • Visit St Patrick’s Church on the site where Mary MacKillop worshipped from 1867-1871.
  • Visit the St Mary MacKillop precinct in Adelaide, where we will celebrate Mass at the St Joseph’s Chapel. Free time to wander around the centre and visit the Mary MacKillop Museum. Optional walk to St Ignatius Church at Norwood.
  • Free time this afternoon to visit the Adelaide Markets.
  • Farewell dinner celebration.

Adelaide overnight (BD)

Day 11Finish Adelaide (B)

Theme: Empowered to Shine

After breakfast, the pilgrimage concludes and we bid goodbye to go our separate ways, carrying the blessings of our journey home.

* 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
03 - 13 August 2023
Fr John Greig
AUD $4290
More info
03 - 13 August 2023
More info


03 - 13 August 2023


Fr John Greig

Tour Cost

AUD $4290

Tour Code


Single Room

AUD $1290 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
  • 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 John Greig

Fr Greig is currently the Parish Priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Miranda and Our Lady of the Way, Sylvania. He was ordained by Cardinal Clancy in 1984 and has served parishes across the Archdiocese over that time, including ten years as Parish Priest of Bossley Park parish. He has also worked as a Hospital Chaplain to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Childrens’ Hospital at Randwick and as Vice Rector at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd. He is Chair of the Council of Priests, a member of the Consultors and the Trustees of the Archdiocese and the Dean of the Sutherland region of the Archdiocese of Sydney.


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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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