Camino Salvado Pilgrim Trail
The Camino Salvado follows the Pilgrims Trail from Salvado Road in Subiaco, where St Joseph's Church is found, to New Norcia. The trail is approximately 145kms long and travels through the City’s financial district, past places of historical interest and out of the metropolitan area via the beautiful Swan river foreshore. It travels via Bells rapids, where the white water Avon descent passes and into Walyunga National Park, a place of spiritual significance for the Noongyar People. Then it’s the Chittering Valley to Bindoon and a gentle 50kms to the Monastery Town of New Norcia.
The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James) is an ancient Pilgrims route that runs from several points in Spain and France to Santiago in Western Spain. Over the course of centuries, small communities have sprung up along the route to provide the Pilgrims with shelter and food, this makes it an amazing experience. In 1993 it was declared a World Heritage Site and now attracts tens of thousands of walkers each year.
Salvado Road, where St Joseph’s Church is located, is named after Bishop Serra’s famous confrere, Dom Salvado, who accompanied him from Italy to the West Australian Mission of New Norcia in 1850: and it was Dom Salvado who was the towering figure behind the first 50 years of his beloved New Norcia, and who often walked into Perth to help raise funds for their work amongst the indigenous people of Victoria Plains.
The first walkers on the Pilgrim Trail walked from Subiaco to New Norcia in 2009.
The Camino Salvado is about reflection, connection and renewal. It is not always an easy path to follow but should you choose to follow the Pilgrim Trail, you will not be disappointed. It is a walk for all peoples – those of faith, those with no faith and those who seek faith. Materials will be provided telling some of the stories of Dom Salvado and there are reflective readings available for those who would like them too – and maps! It is an “informal” walk made up of people who come from around the country, from all walks of life: some will like to walk in groups and others to walk alone – we ask you to respect your fellow Pilgrims and their choices.
In the spirit of Pilgrimage, the volunteer organizing group have attempted to keep costs as low as possible, so you will have to share rooms, and meals will be “plain, honest fare”! But from the experiences of those who have gone before you – the memories of friendships made, stories told, and spiritual rewards gained – you will find this a gift for life.
If you would like to find out more information about the Pilgrim Trail and to register please visit Camino Salvado.