John Cronshaw as your Christian Tour Leader
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To celebrate BCA’s Centenary Year Christian Fellowship Tours offer a tour of Outback NSW – come and visit BCA Centres and meet up with the Missionaries that you support through prayer. John Cronshaw created the first BCA Outback Tour in 1977 after being inspired by a talk given by Rev Reg Langshaw. John went on to serve on the BCA Executive and Council for over 30 years and in 2019 it will be his great pleasure and privilege to be leading this special Centenary Tour.
Our wonderful spiritual journey begins in Sydney, the city where the Bush Church Aid Society started 100 years ago. During our sightseeing around this beautiful Harbour City we will visit the St Phillip’s gravesite of BCA Founder Bishop Sydney Kirkby and drive past the BCA Bathurst Street site. Enjoy Afternoon Tea with BCA Staff, including National Director Rev Dr Mark Short, at the BCA York Street Office. Tour St Andrew’s Cathedral; it was in the Cathedral Chapter House that the “Bush Church Aid Society for Australia and Tasmania” was formed on 26th May 1919. After our tour we will join Evensong before sharing our first group dinner with Mark and Monica Short at the iconic Sydney Tower – what a wonderful way to start our tour.
The NSW Outback beckons and along our journey we will be blessed by opportunity to visit and support BCA staff who serve God by ministering to these rural
We head west into the Blue Mountains with a stop for Morning Tea near Katoomba’s famous Echo Point. Meet the CFT team and have a quick chat over a cuppa before travelling onto Bathurst’s beautiful historic Abercrombie House for lunch and a tour. From Bathurst we drive onto our destination of Dubbo, a major regional centre.
In Dubbo we will host numerous BCA Field staff from the Dubbo region – enjoy dinner and fellowship together and hear of work that these faithful Christians do to spread the gospel.
This morning we leave Dubbo and travel through the Western Plains to Gulargambone.
In Gulargambone we will meet Mrs Alfrene Wright for a time of fellowship and encouragement; as a BCA co-worker Alfrene is responsible for school chaplaincy.
From here we drive northwards to Coonamble for lunch. We are now on the edge of the “Outback” as the land has flattened out, and wheat fields start to give way to more semi-arid grazing country. We cross the Namoi and Barwon Rivers at Walgett before we reach our destination – Lightning Ridge, home of the mysterious black opal.
Tonight, we will host the BCA Field Missionary and their family for dinner.
Today, along with churches across Australia, we will be celebrating the 100 years of service of BCA – Happy Birthday Bush Church Aid!
A highlight of all BCA tours is worshipping and fellowshipping with the local people; at Lightning Ridge Community Church we are sure to stretch the walls with our tour group and the local congregation.
After church we will join locals for lunch – a wonderful time of fellowship – and in the afternoon we will drive past some of the attractions of “The Ridge”. Why not take the opportunity to enjoy a soak in the town’s popular hot thermal pool.
Tonight, we will celebrate with a Centenary Dinner – it is a birthday party after all!
We follow the catchment of the Darling River from near where the river forms and drive through Brewarrina and onto Bourke for lunch. After lunch we take a journey into the past when we enjoy a short cruise on the Darling River and relive the romance of river paddlewheel travel. We travel onto Cobar, an historic mining town still drawing copper from its rich lodes.
From Cobar we drive to Wilcannia where we once again meet the Darling River; during the great river boat era of the mid-19th century this was the third largest inland
port in Australia. From Wilcannia we continue west to Broken Hill, a frontier mining town set in a sprawling, desert landscape of red earth and huge skies. In Broken Hill, Rev Jack and Lill Harradine are ministering to the Living Desert Indigenous Church with the support of BCA. Visit the BCA House and enjoy spending time with these wonderful workers for God.
Broken Hill was Australia’s first heritage-listed city; the hugely prosperous silver, lead and zinc mining industries of the 19th Century left the city a legacy of grand architecture. Today it is known as a cultural hub, home to more than 30 art galleries and countless museums encapsulating the city’s rich history.
Explore this fascinating town at your leisure – why not visit the Geological Museum or visit one of the many Brushmen of the Bush art galleries. Lunch is at your own choice and cost today.
At sunset we will tour the wonderful Sculpture Symposium, a group of monumental sandstone sculptures, set in the Living Desert State Park.
Our return journey begins as we travel back across the vast Western Plains, through sparsely populated regions and onto Nyngan. Located on the Bogan River, Nyngan sits on the eastern edge of the Great Outback.
Touching the Western Slopes and the very extensive wheat belt of the State, our route takes us through Peak Hill and Parkes and the Cherry Capital of Young.
We travel through Yass and onto the Nation’s Capital of Canberra. Enjoy a catch up with Helena and Doug Painting.
Our drive back to Sydney includes a spectacular descent of the Illawarra Escarpment and the coastal road through the Royal National Park. This Outback NSW Coach Tour has been a truly special time in which we have recognised and celebrated the impact BCA has had on the Australian Church over the last century. Whilst our holiday is at an end, happy memories remain and we will be forever grateful for the wonderful work undertaken by the BCA Missionaries.
|Departs from:||Description||Twin PP||Single|
|SYDNEY||Novotel Sydney Central||$3,350||$4,200|
|MELBOURNE||Melbourne Domestic Airport||$3,650||$4,500|
|BRISBANE||Brisbane Domestic Airport||$3,650||$4,500|
|ADELAIDE||Adelaide Domestic Airport||$3,700||$4,550|
|PERTH||Perth Domestic Airport||$3,950||$4,800|
Connections from regional towns and cities arranged upon request (extra cost).
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