Aussie Road Trip

the real ‘down-under’ experience

This is a real ‘down-under’ experience – you get to go on an Aussie ministry Road-Trip for six weeks with one of our experienced ministry leaders! After a week of orientation and preparation on campus, we hit the road for the next four to five weeks, heading either ‘Up North’ past Queensland’s famous Gold Coast, ‘Down South’ towards the beautiful Adelaide, or to the ‘Outback’ taking in the amazing Uluru and then a few days back on campus for debrief and R & R.

Each week our coastal teams will be based at a different church and is involved in a range of ministry opportunities (eg: Youth programs, School visits, Worship leading, Community service, Street ministry etc). The host churches will provide accommodation and food for our students. The experience is ‘full-on’ and not for the fainthearted, but as Callum Thomas says; “It’s the best combination of work hard and play hard!

The ‘outback’ roadtrip is a little different and will involve heading into the ‘outback’ of Australia working with remote and Indigenous communities. It will be both an ‘awareness’ trip and an opportunity for some ‘hands-on’ practical service. This particular trip will include increased running costs due to the nature of the trip.

The ‘Aussie Road Trips’ have limited spaces so spots will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, and will prioritise students who attend a BDM program. Students will be placed in a team based on a number of different factors however you can submit a preference.

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Dates and Fees

  • Coastal

  • 2019

    July 14 – Aug 23 (6 weeks)


    July 12 – Aug 21 (6 weeks)

  • Outback

  • 2019

    July 14 – Aug 23 (6 weeks)


    July 12 – Aug 13 (6 weeks)

* Applications close 1 month prior to the commencement of each course. (Please note that it can take up to 8 weeks to process your visa)
** each student will need to pay a $100 refundable security deposit on top of fees
*** Applications for Aussie Road Trips are limited, applicants from the Outback Road Trip may be moved to a Coastal team upon acceptance due to space.
Combine a BDM course with the Aussie Road Trip and get $250 off
Combine both BDM courses and receive $500 off 
Complete the full year with (BDM 1, ART & BDM 2 in any order) and receive $750 off


General Bible School Questions

Are there any prerequisites for applying?

All applicants must provide a Police Check from their home country with there application. This is required because our students work with children and vulnerable people.

Applicants from Non-English speaking countries are required to complete (or have completed in the past 2 years) a proficiency in English Test – Level 4.5 or equivalent. We suggest the following tests: International English Language Test or Test of English as a foreign language

What does a regular week look like?

Please click here to see a sample timetable for our BDM programs.

Are lectures compulsory?

Yes – Attendance at all lectures is compulsory with the only reason for being absent is when you are sick or on a ministry commitment. Lectures are scheduled for mornings and evenings, leaving afternoons free to study and complete assignments.

What is accommodation like for students?

Sleeping accommodation is on a shared basis, with up to 3 people per room. We have a number of rooms with ensuite bathrooms while others have a communal bathroom. We provided all bedding, including sheets, blanks, pillow and doona. You will need to bring your own towel.

What age do I need to be to attend?

International students will need to be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for the required visa. In some cases we may accept Australian students who are 17.

Can I enrol in more than one course?

Yes – We highly recommend that students do more than one course. You can do our courses in any order. (you don’t need to start with BDM 1)

Can vegetarian or special needs menus be accommodated for?

The catering department will do their best to accommodate those people who require a special diet for medical reason and you must provide a medical certificate. If your diet is a lifestyle choice we may not be able to cater for all your needs and you may need to substitute with your own food.

Can married couples apply?

Yes – we have a number of small units we can use for married couple, we generally can only accept 1 or 2 a semester so it is good to apply early.

What is the average age of students?

We have students from 17 to 35 attending Capernwray with the average age of our students around 19 – 20.

Immigration Questions

Do I have to have medical / Travel insurance?

Yes – All international students MUST have appropriate and current medical insurance while staying in Australia it is also highly recommend that you get travel insurance as well. Medical and travel insurance is for your own protection, you must provide us with a copy of your insurance paperwork on arrival at Capernwray.

Do I need a Visa for Bible School?

Yes – All international students (excluding New Zealand) need a Visa to study at Capernwray Australia. Click here for more information on Visa’s

Can I apply for a Student Visa?

No – Capernwray is not an accredited school and therefor you cannot apply for a student visa. Students participating in either of our BDM courses will need to apply for a Temporary Activity Visa.

Where can I apply from my Visa?

Once accepted into our program you will need to visit to apply for a visa.

Fees & Payment Questions

What currency are the fees in?

All fees listed on our website are in Australian Dollars

What is included in the fees?

All meals, accommodation, lectures and use of the washing machines are included in your fees.

You will need extra money for wifi, use of the dryer, any personal item you may need to buy and you will need money for weekend trip and if you are coming for BDM 1 you will need to have enough money for the 2 week break where all students must leave campus.

How do I pay my application fee?

The most effective method for all application is by credit card. You can make a secure payment at the end of your online application. Our application fee is $50AUD

How do I pay my deposit & fees?

The easiest way to pay your fees is by using the following link.

When do I need to pay my deposit?

You will need to pay your deposit as soon as possible after you are accepted into the course. Your place is not secure until we have received this payment. The registrar will forward you more information with your acceptance letter. Please note your deposit is non-refundable.

When are my full fees due?

Your full fees are due 4 weeks prior to the start of the course.