Southern Cross

Stage 3

Stage 3 starts at St John’s Park and heads south to Campbelltown before turning north towards Cabramatta and finishing in Parramatta.

The path

The Southern Cross stage is the most southern point of the journey. After leaving St John’s Park we head south to Leppington, via the Mt Carmel Retreat Centre into Campbelltown, through Rosemeadow and into St Helen’s Park. From St Helen’s Park, we walk alongside a national park on an ecumenical leg which passes Buddhist and Hindu Shrines and a Russian Orthodox enclave. We head through Liverpool into the thriving Vietnamese community of Cabramatta and finish in historic Parramatta.


Day 10: 21.2 km walking from St John’s Park to Leppington
Day 11: 21.7 km walking from Leppington to Campbelltown
Day 12: 25.3 km walking from Campbelltown to Ruse
Day 13: 20.8 km walking from Ruse to Casula
Day 14: 22.9 km walking from Casula to Parramatta

Places of interest

Mt Carmel Retreat Centre
St John’s Cemetery, Campbelltown
Mt Annan Botanic Garden
Cabramatta Vietnamese Community
Historic Parramatta

Stage 3 in detail

Day 10


St John’s Park to Leppington

From St John’s Park, we move through Bonnyrigg Park, Cecil Hills, Elizabeth Hills, Middleton Grange, West Hoxton before concluding in Leppington.

Places of interest

Treetops Western Sydney
Western Sydney Parklands

Places of worship

St Zaya Cathedral, Middleton Grange
St Mary Mother of the Church
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Carnes Hill

Public transport

There is a train station at Leppington. This day is dependent on walking, without any good public transport links.

Day 11


Leppington to Campbelltown

From Leppington, we walk through Denham Court and St Andrews and into Varroville. From here, we head through Raby, Eschol Park, Eagle Vale, Claymore and into Campbelltown.

Places of interest

Mt Carmel Retreat Centre (incl. Lake of Contemplation)
St John’s Catholic Cemetery Campbelltown – Camino de Sydney pilgrims have fulfilled several photo requests in this cemetery through Find a Grave
Campbelltown Arts Centre

Places of worship

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Mary Immaculate Catholic Church Eaglevale
St John the Evangelist Catholic Church

Food

Campbelltown Catholic Club
Coco Cubano Macarthur Square
El Jannah Campbelltown

Accommodation

Ibis Budget Campbelltown

Pilgrim links

Emmaus Catholic Education Centre Macarthur

Day 12


Campbelltown to Ruse

From Campbelltown, we head along Narellan Rd to Mt Annan Botanic Garden, before returning and heading south into Rosemeadow and into St Helen’s Park. It is here that the trail begins to lead north heading along St John’s Rd and into Ruse.

Places of interest

Mount Annan Botanic Garden
St Helens Park

Places of worship

Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church Rosemeadow
St Thomas More Catholic Church
Our Lady of Kazan Russian Orthodox Convent


Day 13


Ruse to Casula

From Ruse, we head north through Minto, Ingleburn, Macquarie Fields, Glenquarie, Glenfield and into Casula.

Places of interest

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Bellbird Walking Track Casula

Places of worship

Mahamakut Buddhist Foundation
Shri Shiva Mandir (Hindu)
Holy Family Catholic Church Ingleburn
Mary Mother of the Church Macquarie Fields

Public transport

Macquarie Fields Train station to Glenfield train station to Casula train station.

Food

Enzos Cucina

Accommodation

Ibis Budget Casula Liverpool

Day 14


Casula to Parramatta

From Casula, we continue north through Liverpool, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Yennora, Guildford, Merrylands, Mays Hill and into historic Parramatta.

Places of interest

NSW Barefoot Water Ski Club, Helles Park Liverpool
Ninja Training Circuit Liverpool
Cabramatta Vietnamese Community
Parramatta Park

Places of worship

All Saint’s Catholic Church Liverpool
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cabramatta
Our Lady of the Rosary Fairfield
St Patrick’s Guildford
St Raphael’s Slovenian Catholic Church Merrylands
Sydney Murugan Temple (Hindu)
St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta

Public transport

Casual train station to Liverpool train station to Warwick Farm train station to Cabramatta train station to Canley Vale train station to Fairfield train station to Yennora train station to Guildford train station. Train can also be taken through Merrylands train station, Harris Farm train station and into Parramatta station.

Food

Lola Cocina Spanish Restaurant
Coco Cubano Parramatta
Pablo’s Cantina y Cerveza

Accommodation

Fiori Apartments
Holiday Inn Parramatta

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