Camino Salvado

14 May 2022
Available: 10 seats
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9 Days / 8 Nights
Availability : May 2022
New Norica
Min Age : 16
Max People : 10
Trek Summary

Given the popularity of our Aussie Camino Pilgrimage, we are delighted to be able to offer you the Camino Salvado Trail in Western Australia, a 183km long walk from Subiaco to New Norcia.

During this experience, we commemorate and retrace the 1846 pilgrimage of Dom Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine monk who walked from Perth to establish New Norcia.

We walk through one of WA’s most beautiful regions, the wine growing Swan Valley, enjoying the contrasting city and rural lifestyles, stunning views and iconic landmarks.

As with the Aussie Camino, our groups are limited to 10 people, allowing us to provide personalised attention and ensure you are not lost in the crowd! 

This is a wonderful experience to see new country, meet new friends, learn about the story of Dom Rosendo Salvado and take time out for reflection and connection with nature.

Departure & Return Location

Perth CBD

Price Includes

  • 8 Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners / glass of bubbles or soft drink at celebration dinner
  • 5 Nights Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the Swan Valley (Twin Share, unless single supplement requested)
  • 3 nights in The Old Convent at New Norcia (Your own single room, shared ablutions - exclusive use for our group only)
  • 2 Experienced & Knowledgeable Guides
  • All Licences & Permits Required
  • National Park Fees & Permission to access to Private Land
  • Daily Transport - You Only Carry a Day-pack

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Pre & Post Trek Accommodation
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Travel Insurance [mandatory]
  • Items of a personal nature


  • Getaway Trekking Camp Polo Shirt
  • Getaway Trekking Certificate of Completion
  • Training Walks in Victoria, Queensland & South Australia
What to Expect

The story of Dom Salvado is a fascinating one. Born in 1814 to a wealthy family, Rosendo Salvado was a talented musician, however his calling superseded his love for music.

He became a monk of the Benedictine Abbey of St Martin at Compostela in 1832, at which time his musical skills saw him him installed as the first organist of St Martin’s. He also continued to study liberal arts and philosophy, however his idyllic existence was disturbed by the Spanish Revolution.

In 1838 he travelled to Naples, was ordained a priest the following year electing to utilise his talents and passion for reclaiming souls in Australia. He sailed from London in the Elizabeth, landing in Fremantle, WA early 1846.

Salvado created a system of Aboriginal education, before settling in a rural area that later became New Norcia, after Norcia, Italy, the birthplace of St Benedict. Here he worked hard to establish a mission for training Aboriginals with whom he developed close relationships. 

  • Retrace Dom Salvado’s footsteps in establishing Australia’s unique & only monastic town of New Norcia in 1846
  • Discover Indigenous history in areas we walk through during this pilgrimage
  • Experience one of WA's most visited wine growing regions - The Swan Valley
  • Enjoy stunning valley views, revel in the Australian bush, and learn the stories behind local landmarks
  • Take the time out from your day to day life for reflection and connection with nature.
  • Form lasting bonds and friendships with your fellow pilgrims

Day 1Gothic St Joseph's to Historic Guildford

After meeting with our group and loading luggage onto our bus, we commence our walk through urban Subiaco from St Joseph’s Church, a Gothic style building opened in 1934.

We continue along St George’s Terrace viewing some other major Churches along the way, then onto East Perth and the Swan River Foreshore.

From here, we follow the Swan, taking us into historic Guildford to finish out our day.

Walking Distance: Approx 25.5km / 7.5 hours

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Villa Style Accommodation

Day 2Swan Valley Vineyards & Walyunga National Park

Our day begins where we finished yesterday at Guildford, and takes us into Swan Valley country where we view many vineyards along the journey.

Make sure you have your camera handy for the magnificent vistas, as we visit Bells Rapids, a series of waterfalls and streams making up part of the Avon River.

We continue to Walyunga National Park, a beautiful location blessed with rich Indigenous history and mythology. The Nyoongar people have used this area as a meeting place for over 6000 years – they believe the the Swan River was carved by the Waugal, and greet the dreamtime serpent here by rubbing sand on their bodies and throwing it in the water.

Walking Distance: Approx 26km / 8.5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the beautiful Swan Valley

Day 3Rich Indigenous Mythology & Valley Views

As we walk through Walyunga today, we recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of Walyunga National Park.

This part of the trail is hilly, though the tree are sure to distract us! We continue through the National Park, past the RAAF Base and into private farmland where we connect with the Lower Chittering Valley. We are rewarded here for our earlier hill climbing with gentle hills and winding roads.

Walking Distance: Approx 25km / 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation

Day 4Chittering Valley Ramble

Our walk continues through the Chittering Valley, a lovely rural area where we will pass many farms and orchards along the way.

We will be walking along the road today, so we need our high viz vest and comfy shoes.

Walking Distance: Approx 21km / 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation

Day 5Julimar State Forest

The Julimar State Forest is our destination today and we experience some varied terrain and foliage during our day’s walk. This area is well known for the beauty of its wandoo woodlands and offers many walking track options.

Today is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, the beauty of the world around us, and the impact of detoxing from day to day life and taking time out for ourselves. 

Walking Distance: Approx 22.5km / 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Comfortable Villa Style Accommodation in the beautiful Swan Valley

Day 6Back Country Walking

Our local landowners have graciously allowed us access to private tracks today, allowing us to get off the beaten track and immerse ourselves in nature.

We will experience some stunning scenery and beautiful flora with native orchids and other hidden treasures.

After today’s walk we will be met by our bus and transferred to New Norcia, our home for the next three nights.

Walking Distance: Approx 24km / 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Your own room at The Old Convent with shared ablutions (All linen included and we have exclusive use for our group)

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7Long Dirt Roads - Reflection & Meditation

Although the distance is less than many other days, we need to prepare ourselves for a challenging day due to the terrain.

We spend most of our time on a long dirt road that offers little in the way of outward beauty. This is where our group dynamic comes into play – by now we are a team and will support each other along the way. When our legs get tired, take the time to think about our early settlers, including , Dom Salvado, and the difficulties they faced without the professionally built infrastructure we take for granted today.

Walking Distance: Approx 16.5km / 5.5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Your own room at The Old Convent with shared ablutions (All linen included and we have exclusive use for our group)

Day 8New Norcia - A Celebration!

Our day continues on the same road as yesterday, until we reach the Great Northern Highway.

Though we need to take care, this is is a beautiful stretch, with fantastic views of the Deep Space Telescope in the foothills to the west.

Take the time to pause and reflect as we approach the Spanish heritage site of New Norcia, thinking about what we have all achieved and how much we’ve grown.

Walking Distance: Approx 22km / 6.5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Your own room at The Old Convent with shared ablutions (All linen included and we have exclusive use for our group)

Day 9The Spanish Heritage of New Norcia

Today is free at your leisure.

We have the option to attend the 6.00am Lauds (Morning Prayer) or 9.00am Community Mass in the Abbey, after which we can visit the Museum & Art Gallery if we choose.

There are opportunities to take up an organised town tour, which will educate us about the history of New Norcia, or we may simply choose to relax and explore at our own pace.

We begin our journey back to Perth early afternoon, arriving back at around 4pm.

Meals: Breakfast