Christian Tour Leader throughout
Air-conditioned long distance touring coach
Return economy class airfares included
Quality Accommodation Private Facilities
Sightseeing as outlined & all entry fees
Luggage assistance if required
Come with CFT to explore one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth and be inspired by Australia’s vast landscapes as well as the dedicated BCA Field Staff who serve God in these remote regions. We will go on an unforgettable journey of discovery as we tour a part of Australia that is often difficult to access as an individual traveller.
Travel through varied landscapes covering billions of years in history – enjoy dramatic gorges, ancient mountain ranges, stunning waterfalls, ochre cliffs and soak up the sight of glorious white sand beaches and azure oceans.
Wander around the Pinnacles, get friendly with dolphins at Monkey Mia and enjoy six very different cruises including Katherine Gorge, Lake Argyle and Ningaloo Reef.
A journey of unique experiences – explore ancient rock art sites with views over the Arnhem Land floodplains, cruise the dramatic Geikie Gorge and travel through the remote Kimberley. Visit the isolated 80 Mile beach, stand in a vast Pilbara mine, wander on a beach made up entirely of millions of snow-white shells or just bask in the simple beauty of watching the sun go down over the ocean.
Along the way, we will get a chance to meet and enjoy fellowship with the people and their families for whom you pray and support through Bush Church Aid.
The incredible Outback of North West Australia awaits, be inspired …
The CFT Team
Day 1 – Saturday 20 August 2022
Our Outback adventure begins – fly to Darwin, Australia’s only tropical Capital city, where you will be met and welcomed by your CFT Tour Leader. We will be running our own touring coach from our sister company, Fantastic Aussie Tours, and our experienced coach captain will transfer you to our selected hotel, close to the CBD.
Later this afternoon we will travel past Fannie Bay to East Point to enjoy beautiful sunset views across the Timor Sea.
We return to our hotel to share our first meal together as a group.
Day 2 – Sunday 21 August 2022 †
Darwin has a dramatic history from its bombing by the Japanese during WWII to the devastation of CycloneTracy in 1974. Today it is relaxed, modern city celebrating
its cosmopolitan mix of over 50 nationalities and we are fortunate to be able to socialise with the locals rather than just interact as tourists. After morning worship with a local congregation, we will enjoy a relaxed afternoon of sightseeing including the Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory.
Late afternoon we will visit a Darwin institution – the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Mingle with the locals who flock here for the incredible variety of cuisine – Thai, Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian to Brazilian, Greek, Portuguese and more. Wind your way through the palm lined boulevards as you choose something for dinner, shop for colourful arts and crafts, catch a fire show, stop for a massage or be entertained by buskers, bands and talented performers. Catch our coach home or you may wish to linger and make your own way back.
Enjoy a real “Top End” experience at the Territory Wildlife Park with its incredible range of wildlife and birds – learn all about them through keeper talks and shows, including the Birds of Prey show.
We return to Darwin after lunch to visit the Aboriginal Bible Training College Nungalinya and meet Ruth Walton, the Anglican Dean of the College and Jim and Natalie Watson.
While in Darwin we will also meet with Naomi Ireland and David and Margaret Pohlman, new Darwin Field Staff.
We are all in for a special treat as we cruise Darwin Harbour – enjoy a delicious dinner whilst the sun sets over the Timor Sea.
Day 4 – Tuesday 23 August 2022
Leaving Darwin behind we cross the Marrakai Plains, with its many magnetic and cathedral anthills.
These plains and lagoons are a haven for grazing wild buffalo, wallabies, Jabiru, Egrets, Magpie Geese and Brolga. Entering Kakadu National Park, we will visit Jabiru and Ubirr Rock, famous for its ancient Aboriginal rock art. Tour several “art galleries” set amongst the rocky outcrops and admire the sensational views over Arnhem Land floodplains.
Whilst in Kakadu you may elect to take a flight over the Kakadu National Park by light aircraft (this can be organised by your Tour Leader while on tour). A short drive through the park brings us to our home for the next two nights, Cooinda.
Day 5 – Wednesday 24 August 2022
Covering an area of 19,800 square kilometres the World Heritage listed Kakadu is also the largest National Park in Australia and today we have a full day to further explore its beauty; learn more about the local Aboriginal culture at the Warradjan Cultural Centre and walk around the Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock and take in breathtaking views across the vast plains. We top off a fantastic day with a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong surrounded by wildlife (including the ever-present crocodile).
Day 6 – Thursday 25 August 2022
From Cooinda, we drive out of the World Heritage National Park, re-joining the Stuart Highway at Pine Creek, and head southwards to Katherine. After lunch, we will visit the Katherine Hot Springs; we can enjoy a soothing and enjoyable dip surrounded by the lush tropical vegetation before checking into our hotel.
Tonight, we will enjoy catching up with local BCA Field Staff Kristan and Kathryn Slack to hear about living and working here, where the Outback meets the tropics.
Day 7 – Friday 26 August 2022
A leisurely morning visiting the Katherine School of the Air before you have some free time to wander the main town. Why not pop into the Aboriginal owned and operated MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft gallery – this not-for-profit centre gives you the opportunity to view and purchase authentic local art and support Indigenous communities. Katherine is famous for its dramatic Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and this afternoon we will cruise two gorges in this wonderful inland waterway.
NOTE: As we walk across rocks between gorges, good shoes and light trousers are recommended.
Day 8 – Saturday 27 August 2022
Today we travel through the beautiful Victoria River Downs and cross the border in WA. We are starting to enter the real Kimberley country now and you will be held spellbound by the changing colours of the ochre rich cliffs; an ancient landscape covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres, the Kimberley is one of the world’s most precious wilderness regions. Our destination today in Kununurra (meaning ‘big water’), aptly named for its wildlife rich waters and wetlands of Lake Kununurra and neighbouring Lake Argyle.
Day 9 – Sunday 28 August 2022 †
This morning we will enjoy Sunday worship with locals followed by lunch. In the afternoon, you can choose to join us as we cross the mighty Ord River and visit the Christian Broadcasting Centre that is set on a 200-acre farm. Since 2003, Reach Beyond (Australia), formerly HCJB, has been transmitting the gospel in 30 languages to the Asia Pacific region.
Day 10 – Monday 29 August 2022
After a leisurely start, we will travel to Lake Argyle, the largest manmade lake in the Southern Hemisphere, so huge it is classed as an inland sea. Following lunch, we will board the Triple J Cruise which will deliver you to the jetty at the hotel.
Our dinner guests this evening will be Daniel & Rebecca Faricy, the local BCA Field Staff.
Day 11 – Tuesday 30 August 2022
Today we journey to Halls Creek, Western Australia’s first gold mining town, and now the centre of a vast beef industry. We will be travelling across the fertile floodplains of the Fitzroy River; our destination is Fitzroy Crossing and along the way you will pick up the distant view of the Bungle Bungle ranges.
Overnight: Fitzroy River
This morning we cruise Geikie Gorge, part of the 350-million-year-old Devonian reef system, its soaring cliffs have been carved out by the mighty Fitzroy River. Watch out for the crocodiles!
We travel on to Derby, known for having the largest tides in Australia, and will tour the town and enjoy the view over King Sound from the Jetty.
From Derby, we head south stopping briefly to see Myall’s Bore, Australia’s longest cattle trough and the massive 1500-year-old Boab Prison Tree before we journey onto Broome, “the pearl of the north”.
Day 13 – Thursday 1 September 2022
Broome is the home of beautiful South Sea pearls and their discovery in the 1800s saw Japanese, Filipino and Malay pearl divers arrive in droves, creating a melting pot of cultures; immerse yourself in Broome’s multicultural heritage with a visit the Japanese Cemetery and the Pearl Lugger Museum. Travel back in time when we visit the striking rust-red cliffs at Gantheaume Point to look at ancient dinosaur footprints. Enjoy time at leisure in the centre of town – explore, shop and relax until mid- afternoon when we will collect you and return you to the resort.
Day 14 – Friday 2 September 2022
A day of leisure to enjoy the beauty of Broome, whether you laze by the pool or wander around town. This afternoon we will spend time on famous Cable Beach, renown for 22 kilometres of white sand and turquoise waters. Get ready for a quintessential Broome experience and marvel at a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset from the back of a friendly camel. NOTE: A 90kg weight restriction applies to camel rides.
We bid farewell to our newly made friends and head home feeling blessed by the wonderful people we have met and unique experiences we have shared.
|Departs from:||Description||Twin PP||Single|
|FROM SYDNEY||Sydney Domestic Airport||$7,990||$9,990|
|FROM MELBOURNE||Melbourne Domestic Airport||$7,990||$9,990|
|FROM BRISBANE||Brisbane Domestic Airport||$7,990||$9,990|
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