Sacred Coast & Country – Harvest Journeys Catholic Pilgrimages

Sacred Coast & Country

From stunning coastlines to lush valleys and spectacular mountain heights, this Southern adventure will not disappoint. Encounter faith communities, captivating stories and moments of sublime prayer in places of wonder and beauty.


Bowral • Berrima • Fitzroy Falls • Sutton Forest (2) • Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy – Penrose Park (Feast of Divine Mercy) • Jamberoo Abbey – Community Mass • Berry • Ulladulla • Batemans Bay (2) • Mogo Wildlife Park • Braidwood • Clonakilla Winery • St Clement’s Retreat Day, Galong • Young (2) • Cowra • Bathurst (1) • Perthville – St Joseph’s Convent • Katoomba – Carrington Hotel (2) • Govetts Leap lookout • Scenic Skyway & Echo point • High Tea at the Hydro Majestic • Leura • Mount Schoenstatt Shrine

  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Departs November 2023
  • Sydney to Sydney
  • Daily Mass


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

* 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.

Day 1Depart Sydney for Sutton Forest

Theme: New Beginnings

  • Begin our pilgrimage with a visit to Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney and St Mary’s Cathedral.
  • Visit Bowral, Berrima, and Fitzroy Falls in the Southern Highlands

Sutton Forest Overnight (D)

Day 2Penrose Park Sunday Pilgrimage

Theme: Abundance of Blessings
Proposed Mass: Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy

  • Anzac Day Dawn Service  – Optional visit for April 2023 departure
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy – Penrose Park 

Sutton Forest Overnight (BD)

Day 3Sutton Forest to Batemans Bay

Theme: Healing & Restoration
Proposed Mass: Jamberoo Abbey

  • Visit Jamberoo Abbey (Mass with the Benedictine Sisters).
  • Visit Berry. Maybe have a leisurely lunch or do a bit of shopping.
  • Travel via Milton & Mollymook for an encounter with the local church community on the way to Batemans Bay.

Batemans Bay Overnight (BD)

Day 4Batemans Bay Exploration

Theme: Food for the Journey
Proposed Mass: Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church, Bateman’s Bay

  • Visit Mogo Wildlife Park
  • Explore the Eurobodalla Shire.
  • Afternoon at leisure

Overnight Batemans Bay (BD)

Day 5Batemans Bay to Young

Theme: Food for the JourneyProposed Mass: TBA

  • Stop by the historic town of Braidwood.
  • Visit Clonakilla Winery (Murrumbateman) – It has been a remarkable journey for Clonakilla. When Irishman John Kirk planted the first vines in 1971 he had no idea that his vineyard would one day be celebrated as one of the best in the country. Meet his son Tim Kirk, a prominent Catholic and world celebrated Winemaker who will share the Clonakilla story with us and maybe sing us a song or two on one of his precious guitars!
  • Continue onto Young for our two-night stay.

Young overnight (BD)

Day 6Retreat Day - St Clement's Retreat Centre

Theme: Peace & ReconciliationProposed Mass: St Clement’s Retreat Centre Chapel

The historic St Clement’s Retreat Centre is a mission of the Redemptorists, and has a rich and colourful history dating back to the 1830’s. Set in more than 300 hectares of rural land, the centre’s peaceful location is conducive to reflection and prayer. Spend a guided retreat day here, reflecting on the pilgrimage so far and allowing God’s presence to bless your life.

Young overnight (BLD)

Day 7Via Young & Cowra to Bathurst

Theme: Identity & Purpose
Proposed Mass: St Mary’s Catholic Church

  • Visit the old gold rush town of Young and stop by for Mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church (1876).
  • Visit the classic wool store in town or indulge at Poppa’s Fudge & Jam factory shop.
  • Continue north to Cowra (Aboriginal for ‘eagle on the rocks’) where the largest prisoner breakout occurred during WWII of nearly 400 Japanese who were held captive in barbed-wire compounds along with Koreans, Chinese and Italians.
  • While here we will visit the POW camp to pray for peace in our world.
  • Visit the popular and scenic Japanese Gardens.
  • Visit St Raphael’s Church (1939) once serviced by priests travelling on horseback from far and wide.

Bathurst Overnight. (BD)



Day 8Bathurst to Katoomba

Proposed Mass: St Joseph’s Heritage Retreat Centre Chapel, Perthville

  • Tour Bathurst, home of the famous car race held every year in October.
  • Visit the heritage listed and recently renovated Bathurst Cathedral of St Michael and St John.
  • Visit Perthville and the St Joseph’s Convent visited on two occasions by Mary MacKillop and now housed within a beautiful Heritage Retreat Centre run by the Sisters of St Joseph.
  • Travel to Katoomba via the beautiful Mayfield Gardens near Oberon, and the historic town of Hartley.

Katoomba Overnight (BLD)

Day 9Katoomba Exploration

Theme: Joyful Summits
Proposed Mass: St Canice’s Catholic Church

  • Mass at St Canice’s Catholic Church, Katoomba
  • Scenic Skyway & Echo point (The Three Sisters)
  • Blackheath and Govetts Leap lookout
  • Enjoy a High Tea lunch at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel
  • Remainder of the afternoon at leisure

Overnight Katoomba (BLD)

Day 10Katoomba to Sydney

Theme: Empowered to Shine
Proposed Mass: Mt Schoenstatt Shrine, Mulgoa

  • Explore Leura village
  • Visit Mt Schoenstatt Shrine in Mulgoa. Take the opportunity to visit, pray and walk the grounds of this beautiful national shrine to Our Lady, a spiritual oasis for people from all walks of life.
  • Return travel to Sydney

Dates & Prices

* Prices are indicative and remain subject to possible changes in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations or minimum group size contingencies.

Tour Cost
24 Nov - 03 Dec 2023
Bookings Closed
AUD $4390
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24 Nov - 03 Dec 2023
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24 Nov - 03 Dec 2023


Bookings Closed

Tour Cost

AUD $4390

Tour Code


Single Room

AUD $1390 Supplement

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Prepaid Tips



  • 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


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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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