St Michaels Parish

St Mary of the Cross Mackillop

Pilgrimage Tour to Hamilton, Penola & Portland

Proposed Itinerary & Details


Tuesday 14 November

9.00am: Depart St Michael’s Church for Hamilton.

1.00pm: Arrive Hamilton for lunch and tour of St Mary’s Catholic Church and Old Cemetery where Mary’s father, Alexander, was buried.

Visit Christ Church Anglican Church to view icon of Mary Mackillop and stained glass windows honouring her parents, Flora and Alexander.

3.30pm: Depart Hamilton for Penola.

5.00pm: Arrive at Penola where Mary Mackillop and Fr. Julian Tension Woods began their missionary work together.

Check into hotel, dinner, overnight stay.

Wednesday 15 November

9.30am: Bus tour of places of interest connected to Mary Mackillop.

10.30am: Free time.

12.00pm: Lunch and tour at Mary Mackillop Penola Centre.

2.30pm: Cellar door visit.

3.30pm: Depart Penola for Portland.

5.30pm: Arrive at Portland where Mary & family lived for some years.

Check into hotel, dinner, overnight stay.

Thursday 16 November

9.30am: Tour the following places:

•   Site of Mary’s mother Flora’s former residence where Mary visited several times.

•   Bay View House & Stables (now Bay View College) rented by Mary Mackillop and her family from 1863 until early 1866. Mary established her first school in this building in 1864.

•   Site of former Common School 510 where Mary taught for almost 2 years.

•   All Saints Church (completed in 1862) where Mary worshipped and was closely involved in parish life. The stained glass windows commemorate her Portland years and were added in 1995-96.

10.30am: Depart Portland for Colac.

12.30pm: Arrive Colac for lunch.

1.30pm: Depart Colac for Melbourne

5.30pm: Arrive St Michael’s Church

  •  Each day there will be an opportunity for free time as well as group prayer and reflection.
  • Approximate cost for 15 to 20 people for bus transport and hotel accommodation is $450 to $500 per person. Meals are not included in this price.
  • Please indicate expressions of interest to St Michael’s Parish Office    (ph: 9885 2498) NO LATER THAN FRIDAY MAY 19.