Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walks for 2022
Over 5 days, pilgrims walk up the Blue Mountains from Penrith, at the base, to Blackheath, near the top.
The Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walk is a wonderful opportunity to experience the Camino spirit right here in Australia. If you have walked a Camino and wish to rekindle the pleasures - and pain - of long distance walking with like-minded pilgrims, this walk is for you. If you have never walked a Camino, but aspire to one day, this walk is the perfect opportunity to learn from others and experience a little of the 'Camino' spirit right here in Australia.
Please be aware this is not a guided walk but rather a practice walk with a group of like-minded Camino pilgrims travelling up the Blue Mountains. You will be provided with detailed maps and an information guide.
On this uphill route you will walk on a variety of terrain - fire roads, bush tracks, pathways, pavement (including a section along the GWH), suburban roads. There are steps and some steep sections. There will be options to deviate from the direct route to include scenic tracks or points of particular interest.
Penrith, our starting point, is 25m above sea level, and Blackheath, our end point, is at 1065m. Each day distances walked are between 14km and 27km. Although the distances don't appear long, each day will take approx 6-8 hrs, including breaks, due to the elevation gain and variable bush tracks.
Remember: all walkers are responsible for their own personal safety and well being.
A summary of the Blue Mountains Camino Walk can be found here: https://bluemountainscamino.com/walks.html
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Dates for 2022
In 2022 the BMCS will be offering the popular Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walk over multiple dates:
March 22 - 26th Completed.
May 3rd - 7th Completed.
September 6th - 10th
October 25th - 29th The October dates have now been changed to 1st - 5th November
Each walk starts on a Tuesday and finishes on a Saturday. Optional informal walks occur before and after these dates to extend the 5-Day experience, further information below.
Due to the popularity of the walk and to give all those interested an opportunity to participate, each person is permitted to register for ONLY 1 walk in 2022.
Although you can register for only 1 walk in 2022, you can be WAITLISTED for the other walks. There is no limit to the number of walks you can waitlist on.
Note that preference will be given to those on the waitlist that have not yet walked a BM Camino 5-Day.
There is no fee to waitlist.
Here is the link: WAITLIST HERE
The group size will be limited to 50 pilgrims for each walk.
Maximum of 25 pilgrims staying at the Glenella Albergue, plus 25 pilgrims arranging their own accommodation.
Please register for the walk selecting your accommodation preference.
The registration fee of $75 includes:
- Maps + credential
- Access to the 5-Day Walk Info portal on our website (you will be sent username+password)
- Welcome pilgrim dinner (Monday)
- Celebratory lunch (Saturday)
- Morning tea + tour at the Blue Labyrinth, Woodford
- 2 evening activities at Glenella, Blackheath
- Great Camino Spirit !
Glenella Albergue in Blackheath is offering a 6 night accommodation package, arriving Monday, departing Sunday. A maximum of 25 pilgrims can be accommodated. A ballot will be used to allocate rooms/beds. Glenella has hosted the 5-Day pilgrims for the past 2 years and supported the whole Camino experience.
In addition, there are a number of other accommodation options in Blackheath.
For those that wish to stay along the route, there are accommodation options in villages along the way.
Accommodation information will be provided in your registration package.
Options to extend your 5-Day Walk
Outside the official 5-Day walk, there is an option to join an informal group starting from downtown Sydney 5 days prior, or from Parramatta 3 days prior.
There is also the opportunity to add a Day 6 to your walk by continuing on to Mt Victoria on Sunday.
There will be more information about these informal add-on walks on the 5-Day Walk Info Portal on our website (details once you've registered).
For everyone's safety, the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters require all pilgrims to:
- be double vaccinated,
- show your vaccination record on arrival,
- carry hand sanitiser in your bag/pack and bring a mask,
- wear a mask on public transport,
- check in with the QR code where applicable,
- Protect yourself and others. NSW Health information Click Here