North West Australia

Explore one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth. Be inspired by Australia’s vast landscapes as well as the dedicated BCA Field Staff who serve God in these remote regions. The incredible Outback of North West Australia awaits – join us for this ultimate outback pilgrimage.
Duration
28 Days
Departs
3 August 2018
From
$11,600
Brochure

TOUR INCLUDES

A Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday plus Daily Devotions and time for worship.

Return domestic airfares (flight to Darwin / return from Perth).

Air conditioned long distance toilet equipped touring coach with “easy access” steps.

Quality accommodation with private facilities – 8 multiple overnight stays for more relaxed touring.

27 breakfasts
20 lunches
26 dinners

Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees. All tipping and gratuities included.

Luggage assistance at hotels.

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

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1-2
Friday 3 - Saturday 4 August 2018
Home – Darwin

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. With the remainder of the day at leisure you will have the opportunity to explore the city from our CBD hotel or relax at the resort. Later we will meet around the pool for a chance to get to know each other before we enjoy our first dinner together.

Darwin has a dramatic history, from its bombing by the Japanese during WWII to the devastation of Cyclone Tracy 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; during our stay in Darwin we will meet with Bruce and Jodi Chapman, BCA Diocesan Youth Workers, and visit Nungalinya College, a combined churches training college for Indigenous Australians. These meetings and wonderful times of fellowship will be interspersed with the sightseeing of such Darwin highlights as the Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory and Fannie Bay and East Point Reserve.

Tonight, we will be in for a special treat as we cruise Darwin Harbour – enjoy a delicious dinner whilst the sun sets over the Timor Sea.

DAY 3
† Sunday 5 August 2018
Worship, leisure time, Mindil Sunset Markets

This morning we will enjoy worship with the remainder of the day at leisure so you can explore the city. 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 shop for colourful arts and crafts, catch a fire show, stop for a massage or be entertained by buskers, bands and talented performers.

DAY 4-5
Monday 6 - Tuesday 7 August 2018
Darwin – Kakadu

We leave Darwin behind and head east in search of a real “Top End” experience; we visit the Territory Wildlife Park with its incredible range of wildlife and birds before driving across 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 the Arnhem Land floodplains.

Covering an area of 19,800 square km, the World Heritage listed Kakadu is also the largest National Park in Australia and on Tuesday we have a full day to further explore its beauty. Enjoy a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong. Learn more about the local Aboriginal culture at the Warradjan Cultural Centre and Bowali Visitors Centre. Walk around the Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock and take in the breathtaking views across the vast plains.

DAY 6-7
Wednesday 8 - Thursday 9 August 2018
Kakadu – Katherine Wednesday 8 August 2018

From Cooinda, we leave the World Heritage National Park, rejoin the Stuart Highway at Pine Creek and head
southwards to Katherine. After lunch, we will visit the Katherine Hot Springs – enjoy a soothing and enjoyable dip surrounded by the lush tropical vegetation before checking into our hotel.

Wednesday night we will be joined by BCA workers Kristan and Kathryn Slack.

A leisurely Thursday morning visiting the Katherine School of the Air before you have some free time to wander the main town. Perhaps you can pop into the Aboriginal owned and operated MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft gallery – a not-for-profit centre offering 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 8-9
Friday 10 - Saturday 11 August 2018
Katherine – Kununurra Friday 10 August 2018

Today we travel through the beautiful Victoria River Downs and cross the border in WA. The real Kimberley
country starts here and you will be spellbound by the changing colours of the ochre cliffs. 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.

After a leisurely start on Saturday morning, 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 us to the jetty at the motel. Our dinner guests will be local BCA Field Staff Daniel and Rebecca Faricy.

**OPTION: MORNING BUNGLE BUNGLES FLIGHT**
Cost $420 per person

This 20-minute scenic flight is an exhilarating way to take in the Kimberley’s best icons – take in the incredible sight of the curious beehive domes of the Bungle Bungles, an ancient mountain range 350 million years in the making.

DAY 10
† Sunday 12 August 2018
Kununurra

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 HCJB 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 11
Monday 13 August 2018
Kununurra - Fitzroy Crosssing

Today we journey to Halls Creek, Western Australia’s first gold mining town, now the centre of a vast beef industry. We will travel across the fertile floodplains of the Fitzroy River to Fitzroy Crossing and along the way you will pick up the distant view of the Bungle Bungle ranges.

DAY 12
Tuesday 14 August 2018
Fitzroy Crossing – 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. View the massive 1500-year-old Boab Prison Tree before we journey onto Broome, “the pearl of the north”.

DAY 13-14
Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 August 2018
Broome

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.

Thursday is 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, renowned 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.

**OPTION: BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO FLIGHT**
Cost $630 per person

Experience the majestic beauty of thousands of islands below on this glorious scenic flight over the Buchaneer Archipelago. Marvel at the Horizontal Falls, “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world” (David Attenborough) and enjoy spectacular views of China Town, the Dampier Peninsula, King Sound, the mighty Fitzroy River and the pearling farms of Talbot Bay. This 2.5-hour eco adventure includes landing at beautiful Cape Leveque to enjoy refreshments and the chance to swim in the temperate turquoise waters.

DAY 15
Friday 17 August 2018
Broome – Port Hedland

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 Philip and Elke Knight at the Anglican Church and they will join us for dinner this evening.

DAY 16-17
Saturday 18 - † Sunday 19 August 2018
Port Hedland – Newman

Travel through rugged country to Newman, the largest modern mining town in the East Pilbara region. Tonight, we will be joined by the Newman BCA staff for dinner.

On Sunday we enjoy a rest from travelling as we spend time in this mining town in fellowship with the local BCA family. Our day starts with Sunday worship and 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 and shoe types apply).

DAY 18
Monday 20 August 2018
Newman – 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 head to Tom Price via Dales and Joffre Falls – a beautiful day of gorges and changing scenery. This evening our dinner guests will be local BCA Staff, David and Priya Morgan.

DAY 19
Tuesday 21 August 2018
Tom Price – Karratha Tuesday 21 August 2018

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 BCA workers Les and Jenny Gaulton from Karratha and Richard and Tracy Goscombe from Wickham.

DAY 20
Wednesday 22 August 2018
Karratha – 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 workers Frank and Jo Nicol.

DAY 21-22
Thursday 23 - Friday 24 August 2018
Carnavon - Denham

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. Marvel at a 70km snow-white beach made up of millions of tiny shells up to 10 metres deep.

DAY 23
Saturday 25 August 2018
Denham – Kalbarri Saturday 25 August 2018

An early morning trip to mingle with Monkey Mia dolphins, keeping in mind that dolphins swim free in the ocean and even CFT cannot guarantee their appearance!

An early morning trip to mingle with Monkey Mia dolphins, keeping in mind that dolphins swim free in the ocean and even CFT cannot guarantee their appearance!

DAY 24-25
† Sunday 26 - Monday 27 August 2018
Kalbarri – Geraldton

Sunday gives us the opportunity to join the 9.00am service with a chance to worship with Kalbarri locals. After church, we drive through Northampton to Geraldton, the regions only deep water port, for our overnight stay.

Our dinner guest tonight will be Bishop Gary Nelson.

Monday will include a tour of the Geraldton Cathedral, where we will meet the Dean and BCA field staff David and Traci Mitchell. 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.

DAY 26-28
Tuesday 28 - Thursday 30 August 2018
Geraldton - Perth - Home

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 Tuesday 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.

On Wednesday 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 together with BCA Regional Office Staff, Robert and Kaye Healy, at the hotel.

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

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DAY 1-2
DAY 3
DAY 4-5
DAY 6-7
DAY 8-9
DAY 10
DAY 11
DAY 12
DAY 13-14
DAY 15
DAY 16-17
DAY 18
DAY 19
DAY 20
DAY 21-22
DAY 23
DAY 24-25
DAY 26-28
Location
Highlights
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu rock art
Cable Beach
Broome
Carnarvon
Buchaneer Archipelago
Monkey Mia
Ningaloo Marine Park
Katherine Gorge
Exmouth
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Kakadu rock art
  • Cable Beach
  • Broome
  • Carnarvon
  • Buchaneer Archipelago
  • Monkey Mia
  • Ningaloo Marine Park
  • Katherine Gorge
  • Exmouth
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.
North West Australia Pricing
All Inclusive Fares
Description
Sydney Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$11,600
Single
$14,950
Description
Melbourne Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$11,600
Single
$14,950
Description
Brisbane Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$11,600
Single
$14,950
Description
Adelaide Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$11,600
Single
$14,950
Description
Depart Darwin / Finish Broome (excludes flights)
Twin PP
$10,800
Single
$14,150
Tour code:
NWA1881CFT
Departing:
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin
Departs:

Friday
3 August 2018

Returns:

Thursday
30 August 2018

Category
Description
Twin PP
Single
FROM SYDNEY
Sydney Domestic Airport
$11,600
$14,950
FROM MELBOURNE
Melbourne Domestic Airport
$11,600
$14,950
FROM BRISBANE
Brisbane Domestic Airport
$11,600
$14,950
FROM ADELAIDE
Adelaide Domestic Airport
$11,600
$14,950
LAND CONTENT ONLY
Depart Darwin / Finish Broome (excludes flights)
$10,800
$14,150
Tour code:
NWA1881CFT
Departing:
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin
Departs:

Friday
3 August 2018

Returns:

Thursday
30 August 2018

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