Mary Mackillop and Penola

Hop aboard your motorcoach to visit the pretty regional town of Penola and discover the Mary MacKillop Penola centre, an inspirational place where Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods co-founded the Australian Sisters of St Joseph in 1866. Travel by motorcoach from the pier (approximately 75 minutes) to the Penola Township whose buildings are steeped in history. Enjoy a commentated overview of Penola as you pass by points of interest. Arrive at the interpretive centre which houses the MacKillop and Woods exhibitions, the research room, and the shop where you have time to wander freely around the exhibits. The first is 'Mary MacKillop: Penola – Where it all began' which covers Mary’s whole life, with a focus on the Penola years, and also the century-long process that culminated in her canonisation. The second exhibition is ‘Julian Tenison Woods: Penola – Ten Years in the Bush and Beyond' which presents Julian’s life story, particularly his time in the Penola district, and also highlights his contribution to colonial science.
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Capture the pretty sights of Penola and the quaint history of Mary MacKillop.


A delicious morning tea is served for your refreshment. Help yourself to tea, coffee and country style home baked goodies on the veranda of the interpretive centre before embarking on the return coach ride to the pier.

Special Notes

To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, and bring along some sunscreen and bottled water.

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