North West Australia 2024

3 Unforgettable Journeys

Duration

32 Days

Departs

Saturday 24 August, 2024

From

$15,290

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“”Loved everything! The fellowship, devotions and singing together, sightseeing, talks by BCA workers…””

This Tour Includes

A Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday

Daily Devotions and Time for Worship

Return Economy Airfares

Air-Conditioned Touring Coach with Toilet

Quality Accommodation with Private Facilities
10 multiple overnight stays for more relaxed touring

Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees

31 Breakfasts
19 Lunches
30 Dinners

Tour Summary

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 five 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, and travel through the remote Kimberley. Sail out onto the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, 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 Indian 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 …

Highlights & Inclusions

Tour Map

Your Travel Itinerary

Day 1
Saturday 24 August 2024

Home | Darwin

3 Nights

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 tour 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 views across the Timor Sea.

We return to our hotel to share our first Group Dinner and get to know our fellow travellers and local BCA staff.

Overnight: Darwin

Day 2
Sunday 25 August 2024

Worship | Sightseeing | Mindil Sunset Markets

Darwin has a dramatic history from its bombing by the Japanese during WWII to the devastation of Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Today it is a 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 famous 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 & 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.

Overnight: Darwin

Day 3
Monday 26 August 2024

Territory Wildlife Park | Nungalinya College | Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a real Top End experience at 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 BCA supported Aboriginal Bible Training College – Nungalinya and meet Ruth Walton, the Anglican Dean of the College.

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.

Overnight: Darwin

Day 4
Tuesday 27 August 2024

Kakadu National Park

2 Nights

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.

Along the way we pass Humpty Doo, one of the earliest but failed attempts at agricultural irrigation for farming the Far North.

Entering Kakadu National Park, we take time to visit Bowalli Visitors’ Centre where you can collect information and maps that will add to your experience.
Cahill’s Crossing provides a safe place to watch estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles in the wild and to take some “snaps”.

We travel to 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.

Enjoy dinner together as we reflect on a wonderful day spent exploring this fantastic part of Australia, and marvelling at God’s glorious creation!

Overnight: Kakadu

Day 5
Wednesday 28 August 2024

Kakadu | Yellow Billabong Cruise

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 the 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).

Overnight: Kakadu

Day 6
Thursday 29 August 2024

Katherine

2 Nights

This morning 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.

Overnight: Katherine

Day 7
Friday 29 August 2024

Outback Experience | Nitmuluk | Katherine Gorge Cruise | Cruise Two Gorges

The Outback Experience is an incredible educational and entertaining show featuring real horse training and working dog demonstrations. This Award winning showcase is run by multi- Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain who provides great entertainment and plenty of humour.

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.

Overnight: Katherine

Day 8
Saturday 31 August 2024

Kimberley | Kununurra

3 Nights

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.

Our dinner guests this evening will be Daniel & Rebecca Faricy, the local BCA Field Staff.

Overnight: Kununurra

Day 9
Sunday 1 September 2024

Worship | Christian Radio

This morning we will enjoy Sunday worship with the local congregation 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.

Overnight: Kununurra

Day 10
Monday 2 September 2024

Lake Argyle | Time at Leisure | Triple J Cruise

Optional Bungle Bungle flight will be early this morning (please refer to page 20 for details).

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 motel.

Overnight: Kununurra

Day 11
Tuesday 3 September 2024

Halls Creek | Fitzroy Crossing

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 Crossing

Day 12
Wednesday 4 September 2024

Derby | Broome

4 Nights

We travel on to Derby, known for having the highest tides in Australia, with the differential between low and high tide reaching 11.8 metres (39 feet)!

We will tour the town and enjoy some local sightseeing, including the delightful view over King Sound from the Derby Jetty. During WWII, Derby was bombed by Japanese planes, partly because the jetty was used by Australian forces.

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”.

Overnight: Broome

Day 13
Thursday 5 September 2024

Broome | Optional Activities

Broome has so much to offer and today you can “choose your own adventure”. You may like to book a half or full day flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago and iconic Horizontal Falls and visit the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm (please refer to page 22 for details). For our “Top End” travellers your CFT Leader will organise some 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. (Please note a 90kg weight restriction applies to camel rides).

Not into camels? Maybe Night markets are more your style and you can find them at the Town Beach Precinct from 4pm.

Overnight: Broome

Day 14
Friday 6 September 2024

Broom at Leisure

*14 Day Inspiring Top End tour ends today
*19 Day Jewels of the North West tour starts today

Today we farewell our “Top End” travellers and welcome our “Jewels” of the North West tour. Meanwhile our “Ultimate” guests can relax and enjoy the opportunity to soak up the beauty of Broome.

Overnight: Broome

Day 15
Saturday 7 September 2024

Pearl Lugger Museum | Broome Sightseeing | Cable Beach Camel Ride

Early birds may want to check out the Broome Courthouse Markets (start at 8am) before we begin our day’s sightseeing. 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.

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. (Please note a 90kg weight restriction applies to camel rides).

Overnight: Broome

Day 16
Sunday 8 September 2024

Worship | 80 Mile Beach | Port Hedland

Enjoy Morning worship in Broome before we are on the road – this drive will help us appreciate the distances BCA missionaries need to travel. Halfway to Port Hedland we visit stunning 80 Mile Beach where the Great Sandy Desert approaches the Indian Ocean. This area is one of the most important sites for migratory shorebirds, or waders, in Australia.

Overnight: Port Hedland

Day 17
Monday 9 September 2024

Newman

2 Nights

Travel through rugged BCA country before we reach Newman, the largest modern mining town in the East Pilbara region.

Overnight: Newman

Day 18
Tuesday 10 September 2024

Time at Leisure | Mine Visit | BCA Fellowship

A rest from travelling as we spend the morning at leisure time in this mining town. After lunch we will tour the largest single open-cut iron ore mine in the world; a tour of the Mount Whaleback Mining Company will give you an understanding of the powerful machinery used in the mining of these rich ore deposits. (Clothing restrictions apply – long sleeves, trousers and covered shoes required).

Tonight, we will be joined by the Newman BCA staff, Roger & Amanda Kyngndon, for dinner.

Overnight: Newman

Day 19
Wednesday 11 September 2024

Karijini National Park | Tom Price

Today we travel through Karijini National Park, one of WA’s most spectacular natural attractions two billion years in the making. We are heading to Tom Price via Dales and Fortescue Falls – a beautiful day of gorges and changing scenery.

Overnight: Tom Price

Day 20
Thursday 12 September 2024

Millstream Chichester National Park | Karratha

This morning we take the Hamersley Iron Road to Millstream Chichester National Park, an oasis in the Pilbara desert region; the presence of permanent water attracts over 120 bird species, 30 mammal species, 150 reptile species and 500 plant species. As we travel from the desert to the coastal town of Karratha we will stop at Python Pool and Roebourne, the oldest town in the North West. Along the way, we may see one of the massive iron ore trains heading from the Pilbara to the coast. Our dinner guests tonight will be BCA Field Staff Frank & Jo Nicol.

Overnight: Karratha

Day 21
Friday 13 September 2024

Exmouth & Coral Coast

We depart for Exmouth, our drive taking us over the Fortescue River to the Nanaturra Roadhouse before we detour west towards the range along the Exmouth Gulf. Exmouth is the “Northern Gateway” to the Coral Coast, an area of world-heritage significance and a microcosm of everything that is rare, beautiful and special on our planet. This region includes the spectacular rocky gorges and beautiful coastline of the Cape Range National Park and the pristine Ningaloo Marine Park. Our dinner guests tonight will be BCA Field Staff Simon & Alison Robert.

Overnight: Exmouth

Day 22
Saturday 14 September 2024

Ningaloo Reef | Carnarvon

2 Nights

We travel south to Coral Bay to cruise the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Coast. Experience this marine wonderland before we head south to Carnarvon, a coastal town situated at the mouth of the Gascoyne River. The town is surrounded by a vast variety of agriculture which we will drive through as we head for our accommodation.

Overnight: Carnarvon

Day 23
Sunday 15 September 2024

Worship | Carnarvon | Time at Leisure | Space & Technology Museum

Carnarvon is a tropical oasis on the doorstep of the Indian Ocean and we will worship here with Carnarvon locals. We visit the Space and Technology Museum which celebrates the little-known history of the role Carnarvon played in the manned space program and in the Australian communications industry. Enjoy some time at leisure to go for a wander around Carnarvon or relax at our hotel before dinner.

Overnight: Carnarvon

Day 24
Monday 16 September 2024

Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Centre | Hamelin Pool | Shell Beach | Denham

2 Nights

This morning we visit the Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Centre which celebrates the five Aboriginal language groups of the Gascoyne Region, Yinggarda, Bayungu, Malgana, Thadgari and Thalanyji. Learn about local indigenous culture and traditions through an interactive exhibition, films, oral histories, and artefacts.

We then travel south to Hamelin Pool, home to the most diverse and abundant examples of Stromatolites in the world, unique creatures often referred to as “living fossils. On our way to Denham, the most westerly town in Australia, we will visit Eagle Bluff and the beautiful Shell Beach; a 70-km snow-white beach made up of millions of tiny shells up to 10 metres deep.

Overnight: Denham

Day 25
Tuesday 17 September 2024

Shark Bay Discovery Centre | Time at Leisure

This morning we visit the Shark Bay Discovery Centre that combines internationally inspired collections with today’s interactive technology; discover natural wonders and historic treasures of Dutch, English and French explorers from as early as 1616. This afternoon you can chose to relax or explore at leisure. Wander around Denham’s Jetty and soak up the beauty of the town’s surroundings – it’s easy to see why Shark Bay is World Heritage listed.

Overnight: Denham

Day 26
Wednesday 18 September 2024

Monkey Mia | Kalbarri National Park | Kalbarri

We hope that this morning we get to mingle with the famous bottlenose dolphins who have been coming to visit Monkey Mia for over 50 years. Keep in mind that dolphins swim free in the ocean and even CFT cannot guarantee their appearance. From here we travel onto one of WA’s most beautiful National Parks, Kalbarri National Park, and Hawks Head Lookout to view the dramatic Murchison River Gorge. We hope to see the spectacular wildflowers of the region (subject to the flowering season) and may be lucky to spot some of the almost 200 species of birds, including Sea and Wedge-Tailed Eagles that call the river home. Keep an eye out for the iconic WA Black Swan that breeds by the hundreds in the shallow pools.

Overnight: Kalbarri

Day 27
Thursday 19 September 2024

Kalbarri National Park | Coral Coast | Geraldton

2 Nights

We continue to travel south along the Coral Coast from Kalbarri to Geraldton. Whilst it is only a short distance, we will have a packed lunch enroute so we can enjoy more of Kalbarri National Park. We visit the Hole in the Rock or “Nature’s Window”, a natural formation in the rock that frames the river perfectly inside it when viewed from the right angle.

Then feel like you are floating on air as you take in spectacular views from the Skywalk, a platform suspended 100 metres above the Murchinson River. The incredible sights continue as we stop at Port Gregory to view the amazing Pink Lake before we drive to Geraldton, the region’s only deep-water port.

Tonight, we hope to be joined by BCA’s David & Emma Thompson for dinner – the Thompson’s have been newly appointed to Dongara, 45 mins south of Geraldton.

Overnight: Geraldton

Day 28
Friday 20 September 2024

Geraldton Cathedral | Sightseeing | BCA Fellowship

Our day today will include a tour of the Geraldton Cathedral, where we will meet the Dean. We will do some other local sightseeing including a visit to the HMAS Sydney II Memorial where we will remember the 645 crew members lost to war in 1941.

Enjoy some free time to explore the town – Geraldton is situated at the heart of the Batavia Coast so why not visit the Western Australian Museum to see the tragic stories revealed by relics of shipwrecks?

Overnight: Geraldton

Day 29
Saturday 21 September 2024

The Pinnacles | Perth | BCA Fellowship

3 Nights

Today we travel south to Perth stopping in Nambung National Park; wander amongst the ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles – unique weathered rock spires of limestone rising out of yellow sand dunes. We arrive in picturesque Perth late afternoon, a last stop in our Outback adventure. The capital of Western Australia, Perth, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast – sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city.

Overnight: Perth

Day 30
Sunday 22 September 2024

Worship | Perth Sightseeing

This morning we enjoy Sunday worship at historic St George’s Anglican Cathedral, the mother-church of the Anglican Diocese of Perth. Consecrated in 1888, the Cathedral stands as an architectural gem to the glory of God, and is one of only a few cathedrals constructed of handmade bricks.

Today you can explore the city of Perth at your own pace from an open top double decker bus – we have included a 24-hour ticket on the Perth Explorer which will take you to all the popular spots around Perth including Kings Park, Northbridge, Crown Perth, Elizabeth Quay, The Perth Mint and Art Gallery. Don’t miss the Swan Bells, one of the largest musical instruments on Earth. Enjoy a complete circuit bus tour with full commentary or Hop-on / Hop-off as you wish.

Overnight: Perth

Day 31
Monday 23 September 2024

Rottnest Island

Just off the coast of Perth is the incredible Rottnest Island, home to the ultra-cute Quokkas; these unique marsupials are almost extinct on the mainland but 10,000 still live on the island. Our day out includes a ferry ride and a comprehensive 4-hour tour to discover the island’s amazing flora and fauna, stunning beaches, woodlands and incredible salt lakes. Learn about Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from maritime and military history. Wow! Tonight, we hope to be joined for dinner by BCA’s Dennis & Valda Taylor, who serve BCA providing First Nations Ministry Training.

Overnight: Perth

Day 32
Tuesday 24 September 2024

Home

We bid farewell to our newly made friends and head home feeling blessed by all the wonderful people we have meet and the unique experiences we have shared.

All Inclusive Fares

North West Australia 2024 Pricing

Departs from: Description Twin PP Single
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide 32 Day Ultimate Outback Pilgrimage | NWA24083 $15,290 $19,190
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide 14 Day Inspiring Top End | NWA24084 $8,490 $10,490
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide 19 Day Jewels of the North West | NWA24091 $9,790 $11,990

Tour Code:

NWA24083

Departs:

Saturday 24 August, 2024

Returns:

Tuesday 24 September, 2024

Departing:

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide

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FLIGHTS

Flights from other capital cities and regional centres may be required to connect with this tour. It is recommended that you book your flights as early as possible in order to get the best price. CFT can assist with flight bookings for an administration fee of $25.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Deposit of $800 due upon booking
50% of Tour Fare due Monday 15 April 2024
Final Balance due Monday 1 July 2024

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North West Australia 2024
Saturday 24 August, 2024
32 Days

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North West Australia 2024
Saturday 24 August, 2024
32 Days

Tour Partner BCA

Why choose a BCA Outback Holiday? For over 100 years, Bush Church Aid (BCA) has been providing Bible based ministry in remote and rural Australia and since 1977 our company has worked closely with BCA to offer tours to their supporters. This tour is open to all people keen to experience the Outback with the added advantage of meeting Christian families who live and serve in these areas. There is no obligation to become an active supporter, but we know your holiday will be vastly enriched by meeting BCA supported Field Staff. Come join us!