Opening of the Pilgrim Trail
More than 200 years after Dom Rosendo Salvado was born, a trail has been created in honour of the renowned Spanish Benedictine monk who walked from Perth to establish the Benedictine Monastry Community in New Norcia. The Pilgrim Trail was officially opened on 1 March 2016 by Her Excellency, Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia.
The trail passes through Julimar and Avon Valley national parks as well as Walyunga National Park – a place of spiritual significance to the Whajuk people who have links to the area. The 201km path starts at St Joseph’s Church on Salvado Road in Subiaco, goes through Kings Park and the CBD, down along the Swan River to Guildford. From there it travels through the Swan Valley to Walyunga National Park, and then follows through the Chittering Valley and on to Bindoon, then inland through Julimar Forest and Old Plains Road to New Norcia.
The trail has been developed and is managed by the Pilgrim Trail Foundation which is keen to ensure that the trail does not only reflect Christian values but also the spiritual journeys and song lines of the Noongar people. The Foundation has established the Pilgrim Trail Noongar Advisory Committee to advise it on Noongar heritage and interpretation matters.
Her Excellency Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia with "Salvado", Maggie and Duncan Jefferson and school children at the official launch on 1 March. Credit - Pilgrim Trail Foundation Her Excellency walked the Pilgrim Trail (the physical asset) and undertook the Camino Salvado (spiritual journey) from end to end in 2013 and said knowing she was following in the steps of Bishop Rosendo Salvado and en route to New Norcia, made it very much a personal pilgrimage. “It was a time of reflection, connection and renewal; a very uplifting and bonding experience for all of us,” Her Excellency said. “I am sure that all who have walked the Camino Salvado would be delighted to see the trail itself now marked and open.”
Pilgrim Trail Foundation Chairman Duncan Jefferson said the goal was to change people's lives by providing them with a challenge that was not only physical, but mental and spiritual too.
The trail has now been aligned and marked by the Pilgrim Trail Foundation with help from staff from Parks and Wildlife's Perth Hills District.