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12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

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Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

12 day Guided Pack-Free walk

Walk the Camino is an inspired pilgrimage route drawn from the life and voyages of Australia’s Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and her mentor Fr Julian Tenison Woods. It runs from Portland, Victoria and follows the Great South West Walk trail along the Victorian coast before crossing into South Australia and heading north from Port Macdonnell through Mt Gambier and finishing in Penola. The town of Penola was founded by her uncle Alexander Cameron and where Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods co-founded the Australian Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1866.

On this fantastic 12 day walking holiday, taking inspiration from the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, you will traverse 240km from Victoria to South Australia and marvel at the diversity and beauty of the landscape from a petrified forest and long stretches of stunning beaches to coastal heathland and an extinct volcano.

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Pack Free Experience

Carry as little as your water and lunch

This walking holiday has been designed for those looking for a guided multi-day walking experience where everything is taken care of for you. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight packs for the entire tour, as our tours are designed to be pack-free experiences. This is a big advantage for our guests, in that you will avoid carrying a heavy rucksack on your back every day. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle,  camera and lunch.

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The Macs Hotel (Quality Hotel Bentick)

5 nights in Portland

Originally built in 1856, the hotel has been restored to its former grandeur, boasting original heritage decor coupled gracefully with modern luxury. Just 2 minutes’ walk from Portland Beach, it offers 2 on-site restaurants and a fitness centre. The King guest rooms we will be staying in, offer the convenience of mini bars with tea and coffee making facilities.

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Nelson Cottage

1 night in the waterside hamlet of Nelson

Starting its days as the original Police Station back in the 1880s, Nelson Cottage has been transformed over the years to now offer a charming and historic accommodation experience. Your hosts offer delightfully furnished bedrooms, and an extensive continental-style breakfast will be served in the dining room, which offers lovely views. The 6 bedrooms at the cottage share 2 bathrooms

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Victoria Hotel

1 night in Port MacDonnell, the southernmost town in South Australia

The small port town of Port MacDonnell, originally known as Ngaranga is the southernmost town in South Australia on the Limestone Coast. We will stay in The Victoria Hotel which has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden. All guest rooms in the hotel have a shared bathroom and are fitted with a flat-screen TV.

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Jens Town Hall Hotel

3 nights in Mt Gambier

Jens Hotel combines inner city convenience with old world charm. It was established in January 1884 as the Town Hall Hotel and is listed by the National Trust. It was renamed Jens Town Hall Hotel in 1936. It is one of Mt Gambier’s oldest hotels. There are 22 en-suite rooms. We will be staying in refurbished rooms.

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Coonawarra Motor Lodge

1 night in Penola

Coonawarra Motor Lodge is less than 5 minutes’ drive from the Mary MacKillop Centre which we will be visiting on the last day of our journey. It is also close to numerous Coonawarra wineries. The air-conditioned rooms overlook the gardens and all rooms have a refrigerator, toaster and tea and coffee making facilities. Each room also has a flat-screen TV and a bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

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A la carte dinners in local cafes and restaurants

Fabulous meals featuring local produce

On our last evening we will have a celebratory dinner at Upstairs Restaurant at Hollick’s Winery Estate in Coonawarra.

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A maximum of 12 guests

Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

We refer to our guides as CEOs – Chief Experience Officers whose aim is to deliver you a world-class walk. We pride ourselves on employing a talented team of passionate CEOs with an enthusiasm for their homeland. They are committed to your safety and have a genuine desire to provide an enriching and memorable walking experience.

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21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

including Australia's best Adventure Tourism Company

Life’s an Adventure have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Adventure Company. Awards are great, but our biggest accolade which we value even more, is that our clients come back and travel with us time and time again.

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Nothing more to pay

Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine as this is included in the price of the tour and on day 3 your stunning helicopter flight is part of your tour package. Even down to the smallest detail has been taken care of, we won’t ask you to pay additional credit card fees.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

Your 12 day walking holiday includes:

  • Fully supported Pack-Free walk with no overnight packs to carry
  • 5 nights at The Macs Hotel, Portland
  • 1 night Nelson Cottage, Nelson
  • 1 night Victoria Hotel, Port MacDonnell
  • 3 nights Jens Town Hall Hotel, Mt Gambier
  • 1 night Coonawarra Motor Lodge, Penola
  • 11 x Hot and Cold breakfasts
  • 11 x delicious lunches to enjoy whilst walking
  • 11 x a la carte dinners in nearby restaurants or at the hotel you are staying in served with Australian wine
  • Celebratory dinner on the last evening at Upstairs at Hollick Winery Estate in Coonawarra
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy while walking
  • Flight from Mt Gambier to Melbourne
  • Professionally guided by local guides – Our guides are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Transfers to and from Melbourne CBD
  • No Credit Card Fees
Day One: Melbourne - Portland
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

SUGGESTED PRE NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: The Langham Melbourne

DEPARTURE TIME: 7.30am

TRANSFER: Morning: 5.5-hour transfer from Melbourne to Portland with breaks.

WALK ITINERARY: Meet your guides at 7.20am at The Langham Melbourne. From here, we transfer to the start of our Victorian Camino in Portland with short stops along the way. On arrival we’ll check into our accommodation for the first five nights of the journey at The Macs Hotel (staying in King Rooms in the Quality Hotel Bentick part of the hotel). Originally built in 1856, the hotel has been restored to its former grandeur, boasting original heritage decor coupled gracefully with modern luxury. Just 2 minutes’ walk from Portland Beach, it offers 2 on-site restaurants and a fitness centre. The guest rooms offer the convenience of mini bars with tea and coffee making facilities. Other nearby points of interest include the Portland Maritime Museum, Historic Cable Tram and the exquisite Botanical Gardens. After lunch at a local cafe either relax and explore the town or go on an optional 7km walk from Portland to Cape Sir William Grant (approx 1h30mins). Tonight enjoy dinner at The Clock by the Bay, a local restaurant, served with wine.

Day Two: Portland - Trewalla Camp
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRANSFER: Afternoon: 15-minute transfer to accommodation at the end of todays trail.

TRAIL DETAILS: 27kms of mixed terrains from road-side, coastal paths, cliff top, bush and beach walking.

WALK ITINERARY: This morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast, before setting out on our day’s walk. To begin our Camino we will head out on foot through the streets of Portland before veering in a southwesterly direction to Cape Nelson, the southern most section of your walk and a very prominent headland. We’ll walk on the roadside for about 8km until we access the Great South West Walk for the first time, with its spectacular cliff top trail that brings us to the Cape Nelson Lighthouse for a well earned break. Used in part for the setting of the film “South Solitary”, this fine building of local bluestone dates back to 1884. After rounding the Cape we make it onto the beach on Bridgewater Bay for our final stretch through to Trewalla Camp where our driver will be waiting to take us back to Portland. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant served with wine.

Day Three: Trewalla Camp - Bridgewater Lakes
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRANSFER: Morning: 15-minute transfer to the start of the trail. Afternoon: 30-minute transfer to accommodation at the end of todays trail.

TRAIL DETAILS: 22kms of mixed terrains from beach walking, coastal paths and cliff top walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After another hearty breakfast, we depart for a slightly shorter day of walking today following the Great South West Walk. We’ll begin along a coastal clifftop path which brings us to the small but beautiful settlement of Cape Bridgewater where a swim in its gentle waves could be an option. With a coffee in hand from the beachside café we’ll enjoy some of the best and highest clifftop walking in Victoria. Along the way we pass a seal colony, a petrified forest, a set a blowholes and a landscape dominated by wind turbines. Towards the end of todays wonderful walk we descend down to the secluded and peaceful Bridgewater Lakes. A transfer awaits for the brief journey back to Portland where we’ll enjoy a dinner out at Edwards Waterfront Restaurant served with wine.

Day Four: Bridgewater Lakes - Swan Lake
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRANSFER: Morning: 30-minute transfer to the start of the trail. Afternoon: 35-minute transfer to accommodation at the end of todays trail.

TRAIL DETAILS: 25kms of mixed terrains from farmland, forest/bush and plantation walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we depart back towards Bridgewater Lakes to start our walk by heading inland as we slowly and steadily walk towards Mt Richmond. This mountain has some prominence in the local landscape and offers us splendid coastal views but sits in its own national park at a peak height of 224m. It’s a sand-covered volcanic crater now rich in flora and fauna, so we’ll rest here awhile before heading downhill through pine forest to then skirt the edges of Discovery Bay Coastal Park and eventually to Swan Lake. This picturesque coastal lake sits well back behind the foreshore dunes and adjoins a licenced dune buggy area. Once here we’ll be collected and transferred back to Portland to rest our legs and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day Five: Swan Lake - Lake Monibeong
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRANSFER: Morning: 35-minute transfer to the start of the trail. Afternoon: 50-minute transfer to accommodation at the end of todays trail.

TRAIL DETAILS: 17kms of mostly plantation walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast, we’ll be transferred to the start of todays walk. Instead of venturing out to the beach adjoining Swan Lake (because there is no shortage of sand walking) we’ll stay inland to skirt the coastal park with its adjoining pine plantations and use their access roads to make our way to our third set of coastal lakes as we reach Lake Monibeong. A shorter and easier day today can provide some rest in the afternoon. An hours drive or a little less will get us back to Portland for our last night there. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel served with wine.

Day Six: Lake Monibeong - Nelson
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRANSFER: Morning: 50-minute transfer to the start of the trail.

TRAIL DETAILS: 23kms of both coastal bush and beach walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we depart Portland to the start of our walk. From Lake Monibeong we return to the Great South West Walk choosing the inland route through sand dune tracks for about 7km before eventually rejoining the beach and an 8km stretch of usually hard sand towards Nelson. Along the way we may pass aboriginal shell middens containing pipis, whelks and mussels along with stone flints which must be left undisturbed as we press on. To access the lovely coastal and river settlement of Nelson we leave the beach and follow the beach road into town where we will walk straight to our accommodation for the night at Nelson Cottage. Starting its days as the original Police Station back in the 1880s, Nelson Cottage has been transformed over the years to now offer a charming and historic accommodation experience. Your hosts offer delightfully furnished bedrooms, and an extensive continental-style breakfast will be served in the dining room, which offers lovely views. The 6 bedrooms at the cottage share 2 bathroom. Tonight enjoy dinner at the cottage served with wine.

Day Seven: Nelson - Port MacDonnell
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRAIL DETAILS: 34kms walking along a highway verge, rural roadside and beach walking

EASIER OPTION: 21km walk to Brown Bay Carpark with a transfer to our accommodation for the night in Port MacDonnell

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast, we’ll leave Nelson in Victoria by foot and enter South Australia soon after. We’ll walk a stretch of highway roadside for almost 7km. Needless to say we will be very careful and at every opportunity we’ll move away from the road itself to walk along fence lines and cleared roadside which improves into SA. We’ll turn south again and use a limestone road through to the quaintly named Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park which contains a wetland of international importance and an underwater cavern known as The Cathedral which is popular with divers. After a rest here we’ll continue on a 10km walk along the beach. After another break, we return to some quieter road walking by following the Eight Mile Creek Road all the way into Port Macdonnell. Here again we walk directly to our accommodation at The Victoria Hotel which has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden. All guest rooms in the hotel have a shared bathroom and are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The small port town of Port MacDonnell, originally known as Ngaranga is the southernmost town in South Australia on the Limestone Coast.  After a long day of walking enjoy dinner in town at the Shipwreck Bistro, served with wine.

Day Eight: Port MacDonnell - Mount Gambier
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRAIL DETAILS: 28kms walking along rural roadside, highway verge and urban street walking

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we head off north on foot using rural roads and tracks towards Mt Schank, a 100m high dormant volcano that erupted around 5000 years ago. There is a picnic area here so we’ll have a rest and for those keen they’ll have the opportunity to climb the steps to look inside the crater rim. Afterwards, we’ll carry on more rural roads and tracks before we join the highway that leads us into Mount Gambier. Fortunately an ice cream shop on the highway may well motivate us along the way, with flavours like licorice and jaffa! We will pass by the beautiful Blue Lake, a large monomictic lake in another volcanic crater, that supplies fresh water to South Australia’s second largest city. From here we’ll  walk straight to our hotel in Mount Gambier. Jens Town Hall Hotel will be our accommodation for the next 3 nights staying in refurbished rooms. After a long day of walking we’ll most certainly enjoy dinner in the hotels restaurant tonight!

Day Nine: Mount Gambier - Dismal Swamp
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRANSFER: Afternoon: 20-minute transfer to accommodation at the end of todays trail.

TRAIL DETAILS: 17kms of urban streets, rural roads and track walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast, we’ll enjoy a shorter day on foot today walking directly from the hotel out onto urban streets, then rural roads and tracks, again heading north. Our destination is the unfortunately-named locality of “Dismal Swamp”. The surface changes a number of times as we move rapidly into the last few days of our journey. After todays walk we’ll be transferred back to our hotel to enjoy a relaxing evening and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant nearby.

Day Ten: Dismal Swamp - Kalangadoo
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRANSFER: Morning: 20-minute transfer to the start of the trail. Afternoon: 35-minute transfer to accommodation at the end of todays trail.

TRAIL DETAILS: 20kms of rural road walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we transfer back to where we left off yesterday. The second last day takes us via rural roads to the town of Kalangadoo. This village of 300 people flourished originally around the rail line from the late 1880s. However whilst the railway closed in the 1990s, a pub and general store remain. After todays walk we’ll be transferred back to our hotel in Mount Gambier for our last night here and enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner at the hotel, served with wine.

Day Eleven: Kalangadoo - Penola
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRANSFER: Morning: 35-minute transfer to the start of the trail.

TRAIL DETAILS: 28kms of rural road and disused overgrown railway walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After another hearty breakfast, we depart Mt Gambier and start where we left off yesterday in Kalangadoo. It’s recommended that long pants are wore today as the route follows the disused railway in parts where its overgrown vegetation could be a little scratchy. Relief comes as we continue to also utilise quiet rural roads on a still challenging distance of 28km towards Penola – the gateway famous for the Coonawarra wine region. It is a great place to pull our boots off and stop and learn more about the amazing Mary McKillop in the town founded by her uncle Alexander Cameron and where Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods co-founded the Australian Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1866. After a creditable journey of 240km we’ll walk directly to our accommodation for our final evening at Coonawarra Motor Lodge in Penola. The air-conditioned rooms overlook the gardens and all rooms have a refrigerator, toaster and tea and coffee making facilities. Each room also has a flat-screen TV and a bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Tonight we’ll celebrate and enjoy a final dinner at Upstairs at Hollick Winery Estate restaurant, served with it’s very own wine.

Day Twelve: Penola - Melbourne
12 Day Walk the Camino – Victoria, Australia

TRANSFER: Morning: 5-minute transfer from accommodation to Interpretive Centre. Afternoon: 40-minute transfer to Mount Gambier Airport.

ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast before we visit the Mary Mackillop Interpretive Centre to learn more about the inspirational woman who we have embarked on this incredible journey for. We will then be transferred to Mount Gambier Airport for our flight back to Melbourne.

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Solo travellers willing to share a room with someone of the same gender will pay no extra.

Those wanting their own room will need to pay a single supplement cost. Only one room available per tour.
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PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds or cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

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  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
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