Location: Carrah Farm to New Norcia
Trail Marker:The Pilgrim Trail Markers
Duration: 7 - 8 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 22nd July 2017
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The final section of our Camino was from Carrah Farm to New Norcia, a 28km adventure.
This was another big day and even though we were excited to get to New Norcia, it was quite a mentally draining day because he trail is very similar to Day 7, wide open gravel track from Calingiri Road to the highway, and it seemed to take forever.
After a slower day yesterday, Lisa was in power mode today, keen to get it done and dusted so she powered on ahead. The rest of us just paced on as normal trying to take this last day in. Sophie (my little girl) joined us for a section along Calingiri Rd.
The creation of the New Norcia By-Pass has dramatically shortened the time needed to walk the reserve at the edge of the Great Northern Highway but you will still need to cross the Highway. THIS IS A VERY BUSY ROAD AND EXTREME CARE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN CROSSING IT. The western side of the Highway offers the greatest distance from the traffic although there is a short section where you need to stay alert!
The shoulder along the highway is lacking in width making it quite a scary experience with road trains flying past so please take care when walking this final section. It was bitter sweet seeing the 5km to New Norcia sign.
We were welcomed by the Monks in a special service at Abbey Church, Salvado's final resting place. It was a pretty emotional experience, the realisation of the magnitude of the journey we had just completed.
The Monastery settlement of New Norcia is unique in Australia, and it’s where the Trail ends. Please be aware that this is a very fragile environment and all overnight Accommodation has to be booked well in advance – months in advance during the walking season – as casual vacancies do not normally exist. Also, if you haven’t booked accommodation at New Norcia it is essential that you organise transport out of the settlement as public transport is not available. Please help us to protect this fragile environment and respect the wonderful heritage of New Norcia.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.