The Camino San Francisco 2022 will commence at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Geraldton
at 3pm on Friday 29 July.
The bus will be located in the Cathedral Car Park accessed from Maitland St. You are encouraged to make arrangements to be dropped off as the carpark is not secure and there will be limited space.
Before departing from the Cathedral there will be an opportunity for pilgrims to 'switch on' to the Camino by walking the unique labyrinth located in the forecourt of the Cathedral.
After this, you will be issued with your Pilgrim Shell and Camino Passport, with your first stamp in the passport being given inside the Cathedral immediately before the bus departs at 4 pm.
We then have a very picturesque 80km drive through the Chapman Valley to Yuna and we plan to arrive there while there is still enough light to set up your sleeping arrangements and settle into the Yuna Community Centre.
The first day will be mostly off-road, along the firebreaks and tracks of the McGauran Farm, the McGauran Arboretum and the East Yuna Nature Reserve. The flora and fauna encounters promise to be amazing, especially if the early wildflowers are blooming.
The second day will take us through the wheat and canola fields west of Mullewa through to the Mass Rock and the “jewel in the crown” of Hawes' churches, Our Lady of Mt Carmel and Sts Peter and Paul, Mullewa.
The walk will also take us to the Pioneer Cemetery to see two grave monuments built by Hawes for two small children who died in Mullewa when he was parish priest.
What You Need to Bring
World's Worst Tie
Bring along an old tie or make something for the occasion to take part in the 'World’s Worst Tie' competition to be judged at the Camino Dinner on Saturday evening!
Bring along a bottle of wine to share with your fellow pilgrims during the evening meals or around a campfire! You might even like to be creative and design your own label like this one from the 2021 Camino!
Don’t forget the one clothing item you must have and wear when walking is a High Visibility Vest These can be purchased at work clothing stores, Kmart and sometimes Vinnies
THANK YOU TO
Latitude Direct and McBoats for providing our Abrolhos Scallop Camino Shells