What is the Camino de Sydney?
The Camino de Sydney was inspired by the Camino de Santiago, which is an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain.
For centuries, people have walked the Camino de Santiago, which has many paths through Europe which lead to Santiago de Compostela. The most popular of the Spanish Caminos is the Camino Frances (French Camino) which starts in St Jean Pied de Port and finishes in Santiago.
The Camino de Sydney is a way to bring the spirit of Camino to Australia, especially at a time when overseas travel is limited.
Who is the Camino de Sydney for?
Anyone can walk the Camino de Sydney. If you are interested in Sydney and you like walking, the Camino is for you.
How long does it take?
The Camino de Sydney is a 600km walk, which is divided into 29 walking days. While it can be done as a continuous journey, staying in accommodation along the way, it can also be done as a series of day trips. There is no time limit to complete it.
Why should I walk the Camino de Sydney?
There are many reasons why people walk the Camino de Sydney!
Some people walk to discover different areas of the city. Some are interested in the cultural, historical and religious sites. Some people walk the Camino as a (long-term) challenge.
Do I need to be religious to do the walk?
No. While the walk passes many religious sites, it also visits many historical and cultural sites. There is something for everyone on the Camino.
What types of terrain does it cover?
The terrain varies from footpaths to bush track to grass.
How can I keep track of the days or stages I have completed?
You can open and print the below passport. Either tick when you have completed a day or you can go to a post office en route and ask them to stamp your passport.
Which communities does the walk connect with?
British, Scottish, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Croatian, Maltese, Polish, Dutch, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Greek, Ukrainian, Armenian, Romanian, Syrian, Iraqi, Filipino, Portuguese, Brazilian, Slovakian, Korean, Chinese, Malayalam, Fijian, Russian, Indian, Hungarian and many more.
Which First Nations areas does it pass through?
Darug, Gandangara, Dharawal or Tharawal, Guringai, Boon Wurrung, Gadigal, Cadigal, Birrabirragal, Cammeraygal, Wallumedegal, Gayemagal, Durramurragal, Wangal, Mulgoa, Cannemegal, Bool-Bain-Ora, Cabrogal, Norongerregal, Bediagal, Kameygal, Muru-oro-dial, Birrabirragal, Gorualgal, Cannalgal, Borogegal, Kayimai, Carigal and Wallumattagal. A number of clans were part of the Eora nation.
Which local council areas does the walk pass through?
Penrith, Blacktown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Georges River, Sutherland, Bayside, City of Sydney, Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra, North Sydney, Mosman, Northern Beaches,
Ku-ring-gai, Willoughby, Hunters Hill, Canada Bay, Inner West, Blue Mountains.
How many places of worship does the Camino visit?
What if there is no accommodation listed in the daily detail?
We suggest you seek out Airbnb, Stayz, or other accommodation as there is no suitable hotel on that day.
What about facilities?
Try this website and the accompanying app.
Are there other Caminos in Australia?
Yes, these include: Aussie Camino in VIC and SA, Way to St James Cygnet in TAS, Epiphany Pilgrimage + Way of the Magi in NSW, Blue Mountains Camino in NSW and Camino Salvado in WA.
Does the Camino de Sydney pass through every Sydney suburb starting with “St.” (Saint)?
Yes! It goes through St Andrews, St Clair, St Helens Park, St Ives, St Ives Chase, St Johns Park, St Leonards, St Marys and St Peters.