Australian Friends of the Camino

The Australian Friends of the Camino Inc. was founded in 2011 to promote the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The Camino is known by many different names.  In France it is called Chemin St Jacques, in Germany it isJakobsweg, in English the Way of St James and in Spanish it is called the Camino de Santiago, Camino de Compostela or simply The Camino.

There are many routes, but each path leads to one place –the city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, where, according to legend, the remains of St James were discovered around 1200 years ago.   Pilgrims have for centuries journeyed to the shrine of St James in the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

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We've listed some of our best articles with tips and advice about Walking the Camino. View all our Walking the Camino articles.

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis travel on the Camino is not possible

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis travel on the Camino is not possible

Walking the Camino

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis travel on the Camino is currently not possible. Albergues and Pilgrim offices are closed. In Australia we have travel restrictions, but in Spain, and much of Europe, there are very severe travel restrictions, accompanied with heavy fines. We need to keep safe, and we need to keep those who live and work on the Camino safe. Keep your Camino dreams on hold until such times as it is safe to travel.

Camino Routes in France

Camino Routes in France

Walking the Camino

There are 5 Camino Routes in France: Via Podiensis (Le Puy); Via Lemovicensis (Vezelay); Via Turonensis (Paris); Via Tolosana (Arles); Les Chemin du Mont Saint Michel.

Latest articles

Our latest articles about Walking the Camino, book reviews, news and pilgrim blogs.

Camino: A Journey of the Spirit

Camino: A Journey of the Spirit

Pilgrim Stories

I was sitting in Plaza del Grano, opposite the municipal albergue in Leon in 2016. My Camino was a blessing I didn’t see coming. I watched the sun set over the buildings on the western side of the square, inviting […]

The Appalachian Trail – The Journey of a Lifetime

The Appalachian Trail – The Journey of a Lifetime

Pilgrim Stories

The spark first ignited in a kindergarten in London while sitting with some colleagues listening to the stories of Laura, who had recently returned from the trip of a lifetime, ‘thru-hiking’ the Appalachian Trail in America. My friend Marijke turned […]

It’s What Happens

It’s What Happens

Pilgrim Stories

When I walked the Via de la Plata in 2011, I walked the last 2 weeks in company with Ilsa from Germany, Wolfgang also from Germany, and Mateo from Holland. It was a joyous time. We just gelled together as […]

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Passport Credencial

Pilgrim Credencial

We provide a Pilgrim Credencial to members upon request and free of charge. The Credencial is for pilgrims who are walking, cycling or on horseback to use as proof of their pilgrim status and to provide a record of their Pilgrimage.

Pilgrim Gatherings

There are many pilgrim groups around Australia where you can get your Camino ‘fix’ and catch up with other pilgrims past, present and future. View all Pilgrim Gathering groups.