Monthly Archives: May 2015

Pilgrim trail in the news

The Pilgrim made the news in the Hills Gazette. Here is the article content

“A NEW bush walk through the natural Julimar State Forrest near Toodyay will enable modern day pilgrims to find spiritual peace.

The Pilgrim Trail is a contemporary journey that terminates at the Monastery of the Benedictine Monks in New Norcia.

Organiser Duncan Jefferson said the journey began with the idea of taking time out to think about who we are and where we’re going in our lives.

“The journey itself can be as important as the destination,” Mr Jefferson said.

Mr Jefferson said the trail took eight days but people could start or finish anywhere along the trek without having to walk the full eight days.

“If you only have a four-day window then by all means start in Toodyay and finish in New Norcia,” he said.

The inspiration for the trail was the established route which had been set up in 1846 by Father Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine monk who came to Perth to serve the Aboriginal people in the Swan River Settlement and then moved to New Norcia where the mission was established.

The spiritual side of the tour offers ancient Aboriginal cultural heritage information in WA as well as the exercise and meals.

Back packs are carried by car to each destination and meals are provided en route.

Those completing the walk can deepen their understanding of the European Christian influence that came to WA and links the city with the bush.

Mr Jefferson said the walk offered people the opportunity to “leave their footprints in the story of the trail.”

“The two current walks for August and September are full and there are no more places for 2015.”

He said if others were keen to complete the walks this year they could organise their own walk on the developing camping areas on the trail.

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New Norcia By-Pass to open in 2017

The State Government Minister for Roads recently announced the the proposed Bye-Pass for New Norcia will proceed and it is intended that it will be open for traffic in 2017. The pilgrim Trail Foundation have worked closely with the Main Roads during the development of the plans and as a result we have made some changes to the final days of the trail – all of which are for the safety and greater experience of the walkers.

Main Roads will be incorporating a safe crossing on the new highway and are proposing to help create a new entry into New Norcia across the river to the south of the town. The Pilgrim Trail Board are very grateful for the manner in which Main Roads have taken our needs into consideration.

The other great news is that the Department of Parks and Wildlife are helping us in marking the Trail through Walyunga and Julimar Parks. This should be completed by the end of June. This has cemented a great relationship between our two organisations and we thank them enormously for their support and encouragement.

Our next big challenge is to create world class camping sites along the trail and discussions are already well under way to action this goal.

Finally, we’re working on Membership. So if you’re interested in receiving an email newsletter or becoming an active member to support the Pilgrim Trail, please send me your contact details to