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Pilgrim Trail, Subiaco to New Norcia

Bush Walk

Urban Walk
inPerth & Surrounds
Avon Valley, Perth Metro, Yanchep, Lancelin & Cervantes, Peel, Perth Hills, Rottnest, Swan Valley

  • Multiple day
  • 202 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

The trail follows in the footsteps of Dom Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine monk who walked from Perth to establish New Norcia. Today the trail Camino Salvado leaves from the suburb of Subiaco. It starts as an urban walk, follows the Swan River and passes through National Parks and rural landscapes before arriving in New Norcia

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Trail Start

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St Joseph's Church, 3 Salvado Road, Subiaco

Trail End

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New Norcia

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What began in 2009 as a one-off idea to walk from Subiaco to New Norcia in Western Australia, has now evolved into a permanent walking trail open to everyone. The Pilgrim Trail is about storytelling, and once you’ve walked its 202 kilometres, you will have your own story to tell too.

It was established in the spirit of Dom Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine who came to serve the Indigenous people in the early Swan River Settlement.

The Pilgrim Trail not only links the city with the bush, it also links us to our past and to our future, and I invite you to leave your footprint in the story of The Pilgrim Trail.

You will find a more details on the Pilgrim Trails website, including a map download. Please see the links section. 

Accommodation will need to be organised privately along the way as there are limited camping options. Our guidebook recommends organising transport to and from your accommodation to the trail each day. Water can be scarce, we recommend using a personal filtration device/ purification tablets and/or organising water resupply drops. 

A guidebook can be purchased from the St Joseph's Church in Subiaco, please contact them in advance to ensure they have stock available. 

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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

7-8 days


202 km

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

St Joseph's Church, 3 Salvado Road, Subiaco

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Trail End

New Norcia

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

Water can be limited along the route


  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Path
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

April - November

Trail Access

Road, bus and train.

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3 trail goers have rated Pilgrim Trail, Subiaco to New Norcia as 4.67 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 19 Jun 2022, 8:51am

Completed in 2017 with 4 other beautiful women. It was a hard 8 day slog with many challenges but the satisifaction of completing this trail was worth it.
Ean James

Reviewed 30 Aug 2014, 8:12pm

The inspiration of Dom Salvado who sat with and served the indigenous people, and who learnt from them their beliefs and ways was rare in the world of missionaries. The Pilgrim Trail walk is inspirational, and it has been memorable to walk it twice. Most inspirational has been to stand side by side with a small group of people who have spent hundreds of hours voluntarily to extend and improve the trail over 5 years.
We have taken it to people in Australia ,and have received interest from overseas. Join us as a walker or an enthusiastic working Board member, or make a donation to an extraordinary adventure.
Duncan Jefferson

Reviewed 30 Aug 2014, 8:47am

I have to give the Pilgrim Trail a 5 because I've already seen the impact it's had on those who have already walked it. Now Schools have heard about it and are exposing their students to the holistic experience it provides. It has taught me so much and has brought me into direct contact with the Whadjuk and Yued peoples who have treasured this area for the past 40,000 years. The story of Salvado and Serra is the history of the beginning of the Swan River Settlement in WA. And the scenery ....!!. And all of this in "your own backyard" Perth!

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