Location: Subiaco to Caversham
Trail Marker: This section is not signed so a map is required
Duration: 7 - 8 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 15th July 2017
Kml Map File: Please click here.
The Pilgrim Trail is 180 km walking trail from Subiaco WA to the Benedictine Monastery town of New Norcia, and the Camino Salvado is a contemporary pilgrimage which follows The Pilgrim Trail.
I came across it after watching 'Wild' with Reece Witherspoon and 'The Way' with Emilio Estevez which is based on the El Camino de Santiago in Spain. I was inspired from his journey and wondered if there was anything like that near home, couldn't believe it when I came across our Western Australian version, which had actually only officially been opened the year before so it was then that I decided that I was going to walk it. My first big multiday hike, as an adult anyway. Family thought I was nuts hahaha
"When you walk the trail, you become the trail.” Noongar Elder
The Pilgrim Trail not only links the city with the bush, it also links us to our past and to our future.
I won't go into the history of the trail itself here as it is quite well written on the website so head to the official Pilgrim Trail page to read more.
Because it was going to be such a huge deal for me, I decided to dedicate the walk to 'Hiking for Mental Health' and fundraised for the Womens Health Centre in Northbridge. I also put the call out to see if any ladies wanted to join me and I got 3, Lisa, Judy and Hazel joined me on this amazing but challenging adventure.
The first section was the trailhead at St Josephs Church in Subiaco to Caversham, a 30km adventure.
St Josephs Church, Subiaco is the site of the original Trail Head of the Camino Salvado® which began in 2009. We met up the carpark, the first time I had met these ladies and we began our journey, following the trail up to the lookout in Kings Park for stunning views over the city and the Swan River, it’s a small detour but one you should make.
It wasn't the best send off we had as the weather was not on our side.
We made our way down from Kings Park through the CBD along St George’s Terrace and took a moment to look inside St George’s Cathedral which is beautiful. Whilst on the other side of the road is the WA Governor’s Residence. We made a left turn into Victoria Avenue and walked up to St Mary’s Cathedral – a great amalgam of the old and the new.
The trail continues on down Wellington St cutting across Wellington Square to follow Royal Street where we stopped at a cute little cafe to escape the rain. It was then on to East Perth where we crossed over at Claisebrook before following the river trail past Mercy Hospital.
From here The Pilgrim Trail™ follows the river until reaching the heritage town of Guildford.
I didn't take a lot of pics through here as it was quite busy and we were anxious to get on our way.
If you can time it better, I would recommend doing the city section on a weekend when it is not as busy, and hiking boots are not really ideal as most of the walking through here is on flat surfaces so our feet were pretty sore by the end of the day. We chose to walk all the way to the Discovery Caravan Park in Caversham so ended up doing 30km, 7 more than I had estimated via the maps. The rain came down quite hard, thankfully we had just put our tents up. The tent sites in the caravan park are right at the front and next to the intersection of Waldeck road so we all got very little sleep, would not recommend. Car lights, road noise and traffic all contributed so if you can find somewhere else I would suggest that.
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.