Red Centre Pilgrimage – Harvest Journeys Catholic Pilgrimages
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Tour Code RC2101
Starts 7 September 2021
Finishes 14 September 2021
Tour Cost $4,790 AUD per person Twin Share
+ Domestic Airfares (if applicable)
Single Room $1,590 AUD Supplement
Deposit $800 upon booking
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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.
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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.
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Red Centre Pilgrimage

Something deep and mystical calls all Australians to journey to the heart of our nation to honour its symbols, stories and beauty in a prayerful spirit of awe and thanksgiving.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • 7 - 14 September 2021
  • Start: Alice Springs
  • Finish: Uluru
  • With Fr Ken Barker MGL
  • Daily Mass
Fr Ken Barker MGL

With Fr Ken Barker MGL
Fr Ken Barker is the founder of the Missionaries of God’s Love (MGL), a new religious congregation in the Australian Church with some 30 priests, and many serminarians and novices. He also co-founded the MGL sisters, who move under the same charism. He is involved in many works of evangelization and spiritual renewal and is the author of many popular books, including Becoming Fire, Young Men Rise Up, A Radical Way of Love, His Name is Mercy, Amazing Love, Alive in the Spirit, The Wonder of the Eucharist, The Way of Jesus,  Fire to the Earth, Go Set the World on Fire and Mary, Dsiciple and Mother. What a rich and spiritually colourful journey this promises to be under his experienced and inspiring leadership through the spiritual heart of Central Australia.

And with Tour Director: Selina Hasham (Harvest CEO)

HIGHLIGHTS: Alice Springs exploration (3) • Santa Teresa Mission – Spirituality Centre, Keringke Arts Centre & Mass at the Santa Teresa Parish Church • Ewaninga Rock Carvings • West MacDonnell Ranges • Standley Chasm • Ellery Creek • Hermannsburg – Finke River Mission / Albert Namatjira • Kings Canyon Resort stay (2) • Karrke Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tur­al expe­ri­ence • Curtin Springs Station • Uluru – Ayers Rock Resort (2) • Kata Tjuta National Park – The Olgas outdoor Mass • Field of Lights sunset encounter

Itinerary

Day 1 – Tue 7 Sep 2021 – Begin Alice Springs
Meet your group leader and get to know your fellow travellers as we come together to share our first group dinner.

Alice Springs Overnight (D)

 

Day 2 – Wed 8 Sep – Alice Springs Day

  • Mass – Our Lady Of The Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Alice Springs City tour – a morning tour beginning with panoramic views from Anzac Hill overlooking the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges, visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air and the Telegraph Station. Wander through the Museum of Central Australia which tells the story of the region’s unique natural history. See also the Strehlow Research Centre, one of Australia’s most important collections of film, sound, archival records and museum objects relating to Indigenous ceremonial life.
  • Alice Springs Desert Park experience
  • Outback Bush BBQ Dinner & Show

Alice Springs Overnight (BD)

 

Day 3 – Thu 9 Sep – Santa Teresa Mission Day

  • Santa Teresa Mission. Established as a Catholic Mission in the 1950’s by the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Santa Teresa is today an Indigenous Catholic Community of over 500 residents with a strong Christian faith with the church being a focal point of the community. Visit the Spirituality Centre for morning tea. Spend time at the famous Keringke Arts Centre where you have the opportunity to meet the artists. On the way back to Alice Springs we will visit the Ewaninga Rock Carvings.
  • Celebrate Mass at the Santa Teresa Parish Church

Alice Springs Overnight (BD)

 

Day 4 – Fri 10 Sep – Alice Springs to Kings Canyon via Hermannsberg

  • Walk into Standley Chasm – Known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, meaning “Gap of Water”, Standley Chasm is a 3-metre-wide, 80-metre-high gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. The walking trail to the Chasm and those in its surrounds offer chance encounters with a variety of inhabitants, including diverse bird species, lizards, wallabies, as well as native flowering plants and ancient cycad palms. Here we will hold an outdoor Mass.
  • Visit Ellery Creek Big Hole – a spectacular waterhole fed by the West MacDonnell Ranges (Tjoritja) and surrounded by tall red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek.
  • Stop in Hermannsberg – the fully restored Historic Precinct of Hermannsberg was established in 1870 as a Lutheran Mission and is the birthplace of Albert Namatjira the renowned Indigenous Artist.
  • Arrive at Kings Canyon – a majestic destination featuring 300 metre high sandstone walls, palm-filled crevices, and views that stretch across the desert.

Kings Canyon Overnight (BD)

 

Day 5 – Sat 11 Sep – Kings Canyon

  • This morning you may wish to walk the Kings Canyon hike – a gentle 2.6 kilometre walk that follows a trail between the two soaring canyon walls. As you arrive at the lookout point, you will be welcomed by spectacular views of the sheer cliff face at the far end of the canyon. The more athletic may want to explore the iconic Kings Canyon Rim Walk – a six-kilometre circuit that will take you down into the Garden of Eden, a beautiful rockhole surrounded by rare plants, before ascending to 360 degree panoramic views over the red sand dunes.
  • This afternoon we will visit the Karrke Indigenous Experience for a one-of-a-kind authentic Aboriginal cultural experience. The tour is a short walk and talk on areas of importance in local cultural knowledge on bush tucker and bush medicines, as used by the Luritja and Pertame (Southern Aranda) people.
  • Mass at Kings Canyon with sunset viewing

Kings Canyon Overnight (BD)

 

Day 6 – Sun 12 Sep – Kings Canyon to Uluru via Curtain Springs

  • Visit Curtin Springs Station – a working cattle station – where you will learn about the legacy of the Severin family and their outback heritage. Relax and enjoy a true Aussie-style barbecue lunch
  • Arrive Uluru – afternoon at leisure.
  • Uluru Sunset & Fields of Light Experience (includes pre-dinner Mass) – Experience the changing colours of Uluru as the sun sets, followed by the world renowned “Field of Lights” installation featuring 50,000 slender stems topped with radiant frosted glass spheres spread over an area of seven football fields in the foreground of Uluru

Uluru Overnight (BLD)

 

Day 7 – Mon 13 Sep – Uluru Discovery

  • Guided walk around the base of Uluru (Mala Walk)
  • Visit Kata Tjuta National Park (also known as the Olgas) recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area for both its natural and cultural values. to experience the Olgas along the Valley of the Winds Walk
  • Celebrate an outdoor Mass in Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  • Remainder of afternoon at leisure

Uluru Overnight (BD)

 

Day 8 – Tue 14 September – Depart Uluru
Mass at the Yulara Community Shed. Depart Uluru Airport (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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