North West Australia (BCA) – Darwin to Perth 2022

Ultimate Outback Pilgrimage

Duration

29 Days

Departs

Saturday 20 August, 2022

From

$13,290

Your next holiday awaits!

“”I loved the opportunity of seeing this great country and the work BCA does.””

This Tour Includes

Christian Tour Leader throughout

Air-conditioned long distance touring coach

Return economy class airfares included

Quality Accommodation Private Facilities

28 Breakfasts
18 Lunches
27 Dinners

Sightseeing as outlined & all entry fees

Luggage assistance if required

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 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

Your Travel Itinerary

Day 1&2
Saturday 20 & † Sunday 21 August 2022

Home – Darwin - † Worship - Sightseeing - Mindil Beach Sunset Market

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.

Overnight: Darwin

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.

Overnight: Darwin

Day 3
Monday 22 August 2022

Wildlife Park - Nungalinya College - Twilight Harbour Cruise

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.

Overnight: Darwin

Day 4&5
Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 August 2022

Kakadu National Park - Yellow Water Cruise

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.

Overnight: 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).

Overnight: Cooinda

Day 6&7
Thursday 25 & Friday 26 August 2022

Kakadu – Katherine - School of the Air - Nitmuluk - Katherine Gorge Cruise

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.

Overnight: Katherine

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.

Overnight: Katherine

Day 8&9
Saturday 27 & † Sunday 28 August 2022

Kimberley – Kununurra - † Worship - Christian Radio

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.

Overnight: Kununurra

Day 10&11
Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 August 2022

Kununurra – Fitzroy Crossing - Halls Creek - Fitzroy Crossing

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.

Overnight: Kununurra

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

Day 12
Wednesday 31 August 2022

Geikie Gorge - Derby - Broome

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”.

Overnight: Broome

Day 13&14
Thursday 1 & Friday 2 September 2022

Broome Sightseeing - Leisure - Camel Ride on Cable Beachd

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.

Overnight: Broome

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.

Overnight: Broome

Day 15&16
Saturday 3 † Sunday 4 September 2022

80 Mile Beach - Port Hedland - Newman - Worship

Day 15 – Saturday 3 September

Today we are on the road and will begin to appreciate the distances BCA missionaries need to travel. Half way 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.

In Port Hedland, we will meet BCA Field Staff at the Anglican Church and they will join us for dinner this evening.

Overnight: Port Hedland

Day 16 – Sunday 4 September 2022

This morning we will gather to worship with the folk of Port Hedland before leaving for Newman.

Travel through rugged BCA country before we reach Newman, the largest modern mining town in the East Pilbara region. Tonight, we will be joined by the Newman BCA Staff, Roger & Amanda Kyngndon, for dinner.

Overnight: Newman

Day 17&18
Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 September 2022

Time at Leisure - Mine Visit - Karijini National Park - Tom Price

Day 17 – Monday 5 September 2022

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 Mt Newman 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).

Accommodation: Newman

Day 18 – Tuesday 6 September 2022

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 Joffre Falls – a beautiful day of gorges and changing scenery. This evening our dinner guests will be the local BCA Family.

Overnight: Tom Price

Day 19&20
Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 September 2022

Millstream Chichester National Park - Karratha - Exmouth & Coral Coast

Day 19 – Wednesday 7 September 2022

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.

Tonight, we will be joined for dinner by local BCA Field Staff.

Overnight: Karratha

Day 20 – Thursday 8 September 2022

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 Frank and Jo Nicol.

Overnight: Exmouth

Day 21
Friday 9 September 2022

Cruise Ningaloo Reef - Carnarvon

Today we head south to enjoy our Coral Bay cruise on the famous Ningaloo Reef – a marine wonderland with the reef close to shore. From Coral Bay, we drive onto 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 22&23
Saturday 10 & † Sunday 11 September 2022

Hamelin Pool - Shell Beach - Denham - Worship - Time at Leisure

Day 22 – Saturday 10 September 2022

This morning we will have a tour of Carnarvon, a tropical oasis on the doorstep of the Indian Ocean. We will 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 23 – Sunday 11 September 2022 †

This morning we will enjoy worship in Denham. 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 24
Monday 12 September 2022

Monkey Mia - Kalbarri National Park - Kalbarri

This morning we hope 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.

Accommodation: Kalbarri

Day 25&26
Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 September 2022

Kalbarri National Park - Coral Coast - Geraldton - Sightseeing

Day 25 – Tuesday 13 September 2022

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 en route 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.

We drive onto Geraldton, the region’s only deep-water port, arriving mid-afternoon. Enjoy some time at leisure before we meet up for dinner.

Overnight: Geraldton

Day 26 – Wednesday 14 September 2022

Today will include a tour of the Geraldton Cathedral, where we will meet the Dean and BCA Field Staff Brendan & Laura Hurley. We will do some 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 ?

Accommodation Geraldton

Day 27
Thursday 15 September 2022

The Pinnacles - Perth

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 golden sand dunes. We arrive in picturesque Perth late afternoon, a last stop in our Outback adventure. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and 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 28
Friday 16 September 2022

Perth Sightseeing

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.

Tonight, we will enjoy a farewell dinner at our hotel where we will be joined by Rev Robert Healy, BCA Western Australian Regional Officer.

Accommodation: Perth

Day 29
Saturday 17 September 2022

Perth - Home

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.

All Inclusive Fares

North West Australia (BCA) – Darwin to Perth 2022 Pricing

Departs from: Description Twin PP Single
FROM SYDNEY Sydney Domestic Airport $13,290 $16,290
FROM MELBOURNE Melbourne Domestic Airport $13,290 $16,290
FROM BRISBANE Brisbane Domestic Airport $13,290 $16,290

Tour Code:

NWA22083CFT

Departs:

Saturday 20 August, 2022

Returns:

Saturday 17 September, 2022

Departing:

SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE

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North West Australia (BCA) – Darwin to Perth 2022
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29 Days
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Joining a CFT BCA Outback tour takes you to remote parts of Australia whilst connecting you with BCA Field Staff and local church communities. These tours financially support BCA and visits to Ministry Centres are spiritually enriching for all.