Over the Pyrenees

Stage 1

Camino de Sydney starts at La Perouse, a French historical site, and heads by train to Blackheath before exploring the Blue Mountains and finishing at Mulgoa.

The path

Similar to the Camino de Santiago in Europe, which starts in France and crosses into Spain via the Pyrenees, the Camino de Sydney commences in a French location and heads through the Blue Mountains. We start at La Perouse, walk to Central station and catch the train to Blackheath in the heart of the Blue Mountains. At Blackheath there is a circuit track to Pulpit Rock. We then walk through Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Lawson, Woodford, Springwood, Blaxland and Glenbrook. After crossing the Nepean River, we walk to Mount Schoenstatt to finish the stage.

Notes

Some sections of the Great Western Highway are not suitable for walking and we encourage people to take the train between stations, if a local is not able to help you with a safe path to walk on.

A number of the walks through the Blue Mountains were closed following the 2020 bush fires and track maintenance has not been completed yet, which means not all paths are currently open. Please check with NSW National Parks before walking on any paths in the Blue Mountains.


Day 1: 14 km walking from La Perouse to Central Station, 106km train from Central to Blackheath
Day 2: 20.5 km walking from Blackheath to Katoomba
Day 3: 14.8 km walking from Katoomba to Lawson
Day 4: 24.8 km walking from Lawson to Glenbrook
Day 5: 17.9 km walking from Glenbrook to Mulgoa

Places of interest

French Historical Fort, La Perouse
Receveur Tomb, La Perouse
Aboriginal Reconciliation Church, La Perouse
Pulpit Rock, Blackheath
The Three Sisters, Katoomba
German Shrine, Mt Schoenstatt

Stage 1 in detail

Day 01


La Perouse to Blackheath

The Camino de Sydney begins at La Perouse. We travel north through Kingsford and Kensington into Central station. The next leg of the journey is by train from Central to Blackheath. This is the only day of the journey which has a required train trip.

Places of interest

La Perouse Monument/Museum
Receveur Tomb – First Catholic Priest to die in Australia, part of La Perouse expedition
Bare Island Fort – Mission Impossible II filming location
Anzac Parade
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Randwick Racecourse – Site of the Beatification of Mary MacKillop and site of World Youth Day 2008
Entertainment Quarter
Plaza Ibero Americana
Central Station

Places of worship

Reconciliation Catholic Church
St Andrew’s Catholic Church
UNSW Catholic Chaplaincy – located in Squarehouse building, offering daily mass at 12:10pm during uni semester
St Peter’s Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Public transport

Bus
Light Rail – Runs from Kingsford to Central Station
Train from Central Station to Blackheath station – 2hrs 22 minutes. Train runs once every hour during the daytime.

Food

St Michael’s Golf Club
P.J. Gallaghers Irish Pub
Trinity Hotel

Accommodation

Glenella Guesthouse

Pilgrim links

Blue Mountains Camino

Day 02


Blackheath to Katoomba

We walk circuit walking track to Popes Glen and Pulpit Rock from the Govett’s Leap Lookout. We continue on the Great Western Highway in the direction of Medlow Bath and Katoomba.

Places of interest

Pulpit Rock
Explorer’s Tree
The Three Sisters
Scenic World

Places of worship

Katoomba Catholic Church

Public transport

Train from Blackheath to Medlow Bath to Katoomba

Food

Palette Dining

Accommodation

Blue Mountains Backpacker Hostel
Blue Mountains YHA

Pilgrim links

The Epiphany Pilgrimage

Day 03


Katoomba to Lawson

We continue along the Great Western Highway through Leura and head east to Lawson.

Places of interest

Empress Falls
Wentworth Falls
Happy Buddha Retreats

Places of worship

St Bonaventure’s Church
Our Lady of the Nativity Parish

Public transport

Train from Katoomba to Lawson, via Leura and Bullaburra

Food

Mountain High Pies
Mesa Barrio

Accommodation

Pop Up Albergue Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains Hotel Lawson


Day 04


Lawson to Glenbrook

We continue east along the Great Western Highway towards Glenbrook.

Places of interest

St Columba’s Catholic College
Florabella Pass
Glenbrook Lagoon
Knapsack Viaduct

Places of worship

St Thomas Aquinas Church, Springwood
St Finbar’s Catholic Church

Public transport

Train from Lawson to Glenbrook, via Hazelbrook, Woodford, Linden, Faulconbridge, Springwood, Valley Heights, Warrimoo, Blaxland.

Food

Anthony Bros & Co

Pilgrim links

Catholic Care Drop-in Centre

Day 05


Glenbrook to Mulgoa

We cross the Nepean River via the Victoria Bridge, ending the stage at historic Mulgoa.

Places of interest

Victoria Bridge
Glenleigh Estate
Fernhill Estate
The Rock Lookout

Places of worship

St Thomas Anglican Church
Mt Schoenstatt German Shrine
St Mary’s Catholic Church

Food

Settlers

Accommodation

Wallacia Hotel

Pilgrim links

Mount Schoenstatt

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