Uniting Church Tours

U. C. Tours seeks to provide a service to the church and to the community by providing reasonably priced tours that enable people to widen their horizons and share fellowship together.

In the late 1970 early 1980’s, Rev. Henk Smit, MOW, on settlement with Casino congregation, attended a meeting of the Far North Coast Presbytery and shared a vision. 
His vision was for a ministry through Christian travel. This vision grew into an organisation known as Uniting Church Tours, as an agency of Far North Coast Presbytery. To give overall ownership of this ministry, an organising committee was to be made up of people from many congregations throughout the Presbytery. 

The first tour was arranged and overseen by Rev. Henk Smit and Mrs Barbara Smith in 1980-81. All travel arrangements, accommodation, entries and administration was undertaken by them and the tour was very successful. This tour was used as a planning tool for the future, and from this humble beginning, a much bigger organisation grew. In 1982, I (Joan Drummond) like many others, was co-opted by my local congregation to be a representative on the UC Tours committee. I served till September 2005 and during those years made some wonderful friendships and managed to see some beautiful parts of our country and overseas areas. 

Over the years, tours have planned with focus on fellowship and education through travel with ‘like minded’ Christians. There has always been a keen desire to keep to as low cost as possible without lowering the standards set for accommodation, passenger comfort, travel reliability and safety. Most tours had a three person team to lead; a Qualified Driver, an experienced Tour Leader and a Chaplain. 

All members of the team work together to ensure that all travellers get to enjoy each day, free from the stress and strain of planning, driving etc.
Written by Joan Drummond 


Mamma Mia @ the  Lyric Theatre, Brisbane ~ 6th January
Leader: Winifred Playford: 6662 1139
Mamma Mia Flyer



Christmas Lights Spectacular ~ 13th – 16th November 2017 (no more seats available)
Leader: Shirley Bryant: 6621 4812
Chaplain: Jan Gates: 6628 1212
Christmas Lights Spectacular Flyer 
Day Trip: Nimbin Candle Factory & Crams Farm ~ 10th October 2017 (completed)

The Ghan Expedition Tour ~ 19th – 26th August (completed)

Day Trip ~ 28th June (completed) 
Bangalow & Macadamia Castle 

Day Trip ~ 24th May
Pimlico Collectables “Mocat” & Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum (completed)

Port Macquarie Magic ~ May 9th – 12th (completed)

Dubbo & Central West NSW ~ 6th – 10th March (completed)

Tamborine Mountain ~ 21st February (completed)


Day Trip to Yamba ~ February 2016 (completed)

‘Sound of Music’ ~ 30th March (completed)

‘The Colours of Autumn’ ~ Central NSW & Blue Mountains (completed)
~ 23rd April ~ 30th April

Mystery Day Trip ~ 17th May (completed)

Hervey Bay {A Whale of  a Tail} 1st ~ 4th August 2016 (completed)

Trip to Lighting Ridge 10th ~ 15th October 2016 (completed)



12th ~ 23rd September ~ Outback to the Sea (completed)


14th October ~ Mystery Day Tour ~ (completed)
Report from Tour Leader: Barry Baker


9th ~ 12th November  ~ Christmas Lights Spectacular ~ (completed)
Tour Leader: Winfred Playford: 02 6662 1139
Alternate contact: Shirley Bryant:  02 6621 4812 (Chaplain)


24th November ~ Clarence Valley Day Trip ~ ( completed) 
Tour  Leader: Shirley Bryant: 02 6621 4812
Alternate Contact: Barry Baker: 02 6624 2039

9th December ~ Les Miserables ~ (completed)
Tour Leader:
 Barry Baker: 02 6624 2039
Alternate Contact: Russell Playford: 02 6662 1139


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