Roaming With The Bushrangers 2019

Take a rollicking ride through our colonial past with Rev Kerry Medway. Kerry is a valued member of the CFT Tour Leaders’ Team and has written two historical books about bushrangers – “Teenage Bushranger” and “Is Ned Kelly in Heaven?” Since researching and writing these books, Kerry has been in much demand to speak about bushrangers and God’s love for sinners. Kerry’s passion is to let broken and wounded men know that though they may have done some very bad things they have not stepped out of God’s all-embracing Grace.
Duration
10 Days
Departs
15 March 2019
From
$3,200
Brochure

TOUR INCLUDES

A Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday

Return economy airfares

Quality accommodation with private facilities

9 breakfasts
6 lunches
9 dinners

Sightseeing as outlined and all attractions on-site

Luggage assistance at hotels

““Most enjoyed God’s wonderful creation and the good company.””

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1
Friday 15 March 2019
Sydney gaols – Sydney Tower

As Australia’s first city, Sydney is a fitting starting point for our Colonial History tour.
Our tour starts where so many Bushranger stories ended – in the hands of the Police and Gaol. We learn about the Colonial justice system with guided tours of the Police Museum and the Darlinghurst Gaol. The fate of teenage bushranger John Dunn, a member of Ben Hall’s Gang, was decided here; Dunn was tried and convicted at the Phillip Street Court House and hanged at only 19 years of age at Darlinghurst Gaol.

Tonight, our first group dinner is accompanied by stunning views as we dine in the revolving restaurant at the iconic Sydney Tower.

DAY 2
Saturday 16 March 2019
Bathurst – Abercrombie House – Eugowra – Forbes

The discovery of the first payable gold near Bathurst in 1851 started a series of goldrushes that transformed the Australian colonies and led to the “heyday” of the Bushranger.

Like those in search of gold we head over the Blue Mountains to the Central West, first stopping in Katoomba for a morning tea break at Echo Point. Then it is over the Great Dividing Range to the historic town of Bathurst where we will enjoy lunch and a tour of the beautifully maintained Abercrombie House. Bathurst is no stranger to bushrangers, being menaced from 1825 – 1830 by the original “Wild Colonial Boy”, Jack Donohue, and then a disaffected group of convicts called The Ribbon Gang (totalling 130 they were the largest bushranger gang in Australian history).

Our journey continues westwards to Eugowra, the site of Australia’s largest ever gold robbery; the Lachlan Gold Escort was held up in 1862 by Frank Gardiner’s Gang, which included Ben Hall who was taking part in his first bushranger robbery.

Today’s destination is Forbes where gold was discovered in 1861. An estimated 8100 kg of gold was mined in the district from 1861-63 and bushrangers, including Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall and Johnny Gilbert, ranged through the area harassing the gold escorts and wealthy miners.

DAY 3
† Sunday 17 March 2019
Sightseeing Forbes

This morning we will share in worship at St John’s Anglican Church Forbes before we go into the Streets of Forbes in search of the local bushrangers.

The Streets of Forbes (folksong) – “Come all you Lachlan men, and a sorrowful tale I'll tell, Concerning of a hero bold who through misfortune fell; His name it was Ben Hall, a man of good renown, Who was hunted from his station, and like a dog shot down.”

Discover that the truth is not so romantic when we visit the Forbes Historical Museum exhibition on Ben Hall – “The Myths Behind the Legend.” We will also stop by Forbes Cemetery which offers a double reward for those interested in bushranger history; the cemetery contains the grave of Ben Hall, killed in a hail of gunfire in May 1865, as well as the grave of Ned Kelly’s sister, Kate.

DAY 4
Monday 18 March 2019
Riverina - Deniliquin

The Western slopes and plains of NSW were very sparsely populated in the
1800’s.

Minimal police presence meant that the region was known for a degree of lawlessness and bushrangers travelled with relative impunity along the inland route between the NSW and Victorian goldfields. Our travel today takes us through the gold mining towns of the Riverina – West Wyalong, Narrandera and onto Deniliquin. So notorious were the era’s bushrangers that Narrandera Magistrate and novelist, Thomas Alexander Browne (writing as Rolf Boldrewood), penned the famous “Robbery Under Arms” based on their exploits. We will also pass through Jerilderie, the small town famously held captive by Ned Kelly for several days and where he wrote his manifesto, “The Jerilderie Letter.”

DAY 5
Tuesday 19 March 2019
Echuca – Murray River Paddlewheeler – Ballarat

We head towards the Murray River, forming the border between NSW and VIC, where we stop in the historic town of Echuca, once the largest inland port in Australia. The huge red gum wharf was built in the town’s heyday, and a visit to the restored wharf is a must.

Enjoy the romance of paddle wheeler boat travel when we journey under steam along the Murray River on the PS Canberra. Spend some time along the river front browsing or shopping before lunch at the historic Star Hotel; a once notorious drinking locale the Star boasts an old underground bar and escape tunnel.

From Echuca we drive across the vast goldfields region of Victoria, passing through Bendigo and Castlemaine en route to our destination of Ballarat. The discovery of gold here in 1851 began Victoria’s goldrush and at its peak (1852-53) Ballarat was considered the richest alluvial goldfield in the world.

DAY 6
Wednesday 20 March 2019
Sovereign Hill – Sound and Light Show

Ballarat reflects the wealth and grandeur conferred by the gold rush but the early days on the goldfields were a lot less comfortable. We visit Sovereign Hill, a recreated gold mining village depicting the way of life of the 1860s; tour the rough mining village, try your hand at gold panning, take a mine tour, see a gold pour, ride the old Cobb & Co stage coach or shop in the many old-fashioned stores in the “new” part of town.

During the gold rush period it wasn’t just the bushrangers who exhibited strong anti-authoritarianism sentiments; in a country populated by many ex-convicts and poor migrants the harsh regulations imposed by an often- corrupt police force led to regular conflict.

The culmination of this was the uprising at Eureka Stockade, the only example in Australian history of an armed rebellion that lead to the change of the existing laws. Today, many consider Eureka Stockade as the birthplace of Australian Democracy and a place that helped forge the Australian identity. Come back to Sovereign Hill for dinner and to learn more about Eureka with their award-winning Sound and Light Show – “Blood on the Southern Cross.”

DAY 7
Thursday 21 March 2019
Old Melbourne Gaol – Benalla

Ned Kelly is the most famous of Australia’s “Wild Colonial Boys”, defining his own period of bushranging and becoming an Australian folk-hero. Seen alternately as an anti-establishment “larrikan” or a bloodthirsty criminal Kelly’s story is a complex one and today we get “Fair Dinkum” in our quest to learn more about him. We visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol for a tour of Victoria’s oldest prison and to view Ned’s famous armour and his death mask. Also on show are the gallows where Ned uttered his famous catchphrase “Such is life”and was hanged on 11th November 1880.

See the cell dedicated to Dr John Singleton who witnessed to Ned Kelly before he was hanged. For decades Dr Singleton visited prisoners in the Melbourne & Pentridge Gaols telling them about Christ and becoming known as ‘the prisoners’ friend’. We leave Melbourne and head North to Benalla, located right in the heart of “Kelly Country”

DAY 8
Friday 22 March 2019
Benalla – Glenrowan – Beechworth

Visit the Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum to learn more of Ned’s story – see the transportable cell in which he was once imprisoned as well as authentic memorabilia such as Ned’s bloodstained sash (which he wore at the siege at Glenrowan), his bridle and more.

Celebrate two of Benalla’s famous sons – surgeon and war hero Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop and Captain Hector Waller R.A.N – who are remembered in the Services Room.

We travel on to Glenrowan, where Ned Kelly and his gang once captured the town’s hotel and held 62 people hostage. The arrival of law enforcement by special train and resulting siege culminated in a gunfight where Joe Byrne and two hostages were mortally wounded. Steve Hart and Dan Kelly were burned alive in the hotel when the police set it on fire. Wearing his famous armour Ned was virtually impervious to bullets and stood his ground until his exposed ankles were shot and he was captured. We will walk around the site of the siege and see the recently excavated ruins of the burned-out hotel before we are transported back in time with a fantastic laser presentation shown at the Glenrowan Visitor Centre.

In historic Beechworth we will tour the Beechworth Court House and learn about the committal trial that sealed Ned Kelly’s fate as well as the story of his mother, Ellen, who was sentenced to three years gaol here in Beechworth.

DAY 9
Saturday 23 March 2019
Holbrook – Gundagai – Yass

We leave Victoria behind as we drive across the border, the Murray River, and travel onto Holbrook for a morning tea stop to view the famous submarine. We follow another bushranger’s journey “on the road to Gundagai” – it was at the nearby settlement of Wantabadgery where Captain Moonlite bailed up all the residents in November 1879 starting his notorious “career”. Moonlite and his friends roamed across Victoria and NSW and were often mistaken for Ned Kelly’s Gang; they took advantage of this to receive food and to seize guns and ammunition from homesteads. We stop off in Gundagai for lunch and visit the grave of the bushranger Captain Moonlite. Whilst hanged in Darlinghurst Gaol in 1880, Moonlite’s remains were transferred to Gundagai in 1995 in accordance with his dying wish that he be buried next to his friend and fellow gang member James Nesbitt.

We will also see the famous “Dog on the Tuckerbox” and make time for a quick photo-stop at Jugiong, the site of Sergeant Parry’s shooting by Johnny Gilbert.

Tonight, we will stay in Yass; it was in this region that John Dunn, of Ben Hall’s Gang, grew up and where “Bold Jack Donohue” once roamed.

DAY 10
† Sunday 24 March 2019
Bushranger Hotel, Collector – Home

As we leave Yass we will celebrate a Sunday morning Church Service on board the coach & give thanks for GOD’S AMAZING GRACE. Guess what song we will sing?

We will stop off for Morning Tea at the historic Bushranger Hotel at Collector; it was here that Constable Samuel Nelson was shot by John Dunn on January 26, 1865 and today the hotel is packed with bushranger and colonial memorabilia. Homeward bound on our travelling church, infinitely richer for the fellowship shared and friendships made on this memorable holiday.

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Location
Highlights
Beechworth Kelly Gang
Police Court - Justice and Police Museum Sydney
Glenrowan Landscape
Jerilderie
Old Melbourne Gaol
Paddle Steamer, Echuca
Sovereign Hill
Sovereign Hill Red Coats
Ben Hall's Grave
Abercrombie House
  • Beechworth Kelly Gang
  • Police Court - Justice and Police Museum Sydney
  • Glenrowan Landscape
  • Jerilderie
  • Old Melbourne Gaol
  • Paddle Steamer, Echuca
  • Sovereign Hill
  • Sovereign Hill Red Coats
  • Ben Hall's Grave
  • Abercrombie House
Experience
The CFT Difference
Travel and fellowship with other Christians.
The care of a Christian Tour Leader.
Relax. Everything is taken care of. 
Daily devotions and organised Sunday service.
Fully escorted from Australia.
Roaming With The Bushrangers 2019 Pricing
All Inclusive Fares
Description
Novotel Sydney Central
Twin PP
$3,200
Single
$3,690
Description
Melbourne Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$3,500
Single
$3,990
Description
Brisbane Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$3,500
Single
$3,990
Description
Adelaide Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$3,550
Single
$4,040
Description
Perth Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$3,800
Single
$4,290
Tour code:
VIC1934CFT
Departing:
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth
Departs:

Friday
15 March 2019

Returns:

Sunday
24 March 2019

Connections from regional towns and cities arranged upon request (extra cost).

Category
Description
Twin PP
Single
FROM SYDNEY
Novotel Sydney Central
$3,200
$3,690
FROM MELBOURNE
Melbourne Domestic Airport
$3,500
$3,990
FROM BRISBANE
Brisbane Domestic Airport
$3,500
$3,990
FROM ADELAIDE
Adelaide Domestic Airport
$3,550
$4,040
FROM PERTH
Perth Domestic Airport
$3,800
$4,290
Tour code:
VIC1934CFT
Departing:
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth

Connections from regional towns and cities arranged upon request (extra cost).

Departs:

Friday
15 March 2019

Returns:

Sunday
24 March 2019

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