Overview

 Highlights


  • Welcome to Country with Traditional Owners
  • Indigenous cultural immersion program
  • Community and land management service program
  • Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife
  • Stay in exclusive semi-permanent campsites away from the crowds
  • View some of the most important indigenous rock art galleries
  • Learn about the area with Indigenous hosts and your expert guides
  • Explore the cultural, iconic and historic landmarks of Darwin
  • This program is 100% carbon offset. World Expeditions Schools absorb the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions as its ongoing commitment to responsible travel

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Area covering some 20,000 square kms. Waterfalls tumble from the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment into shady pools; tranquil wetlands teem with animal and bird life, while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries. We combine a cultural immersion program with trekking in the National Park, and on Country exploration

Countries:

Starting Point:

Darwin

Activities:

Grading:Introductory   


Arrive Darwin. Meet your Guides, transfer to Darwin for late light picnic lunch and trip briefing, (Please note: we also ask students to bring packed lunch/snacks with them on the flight in case of delays). In the afternoon you will have enjoy a full orientation of Darwin visiting the Botancical Gardens and Darwin waterfront. In the early evening you will view the spectacular Top End tropical sunset and then head to your accommodation to rest and prepare for your cultural immersion tomorrow. Overnight hotel in Darwin.

Meals:  L,D

After breakfast you transfer to Limilngan-Wulna Country and meet with the local Aboriginal elders for a traditional Welcome to Country and a full trip and safety briefing before you start your cultural immersion program. The students will engage with local Aboriginal people, the environment and wildlife, learn basket weaving, dilly bag making, and the techniques used in the process and have storytelling and dreamtime stories. You will learn the meaning behind Pudakul (the name of the Macaranga tree used to make spears) and try your hand at throwing one, along with learning about using local fibres and local ochre colours in everyday life as well as learn about local bush food and medicine. The local people are the custodians of the land, and you learn how they have lived in harmony with the land over thousands of years. Tonight you will have a BBQ with your hosts around the campfire. Overnight camping at Pudakul

Meals:  B,L,D

We depart Pudukal this morning and transfer to Florence Falls, (lovely walk and swimming rockpool) in Litchfield National Park. In the late afternoon we drive to Southern Kakadu and arrive at our semi-permanent campsite in the remote Yurmikmik region known for it’s incredible sunsets and morning bird songs as the sunrises over the Arnhem Land escarpment. Students have the opportunity to work in small “leadership teams” to assist the Guides with team briefings, camp set up, food prep/service and general camp duties. Camp at Kambolgie Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the day you will undertake an expedition by foot, deep into the Yurmikmik region of Southern Kakadu Buladjang Country. We aim to visit Yurmikmik lookout, Kurrundie Falls and Motor Car Creek Falls areas and undertake a walk, taking most of the day. The highlight is arriving at an unspoilt, stunning crystal-clear waterholes with some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. The walk takes you through open woodland past some remarkable Salmon Gums, glowing pink in the morning sun, before you enter an area of pristine monsoon rainforest. Overnight Kambolgie Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

You pack up and head out of camp today and continue to explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. Maguk (Barramundi) Falls is reached via a stunning walk through the monsoon forest, opening out to a deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. Keep your eye out for birds such as Rainbow Pitas, Emerald Doves and Spangled Drongos as well as the endemic Anbinik tree – the biggest trees in Stone Country. In the afternoon you will visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre which provides additional insights into Kakadu National Park. In the late afternoon you take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. You may encounter Brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt-water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolga, Cormorants, Pelicans and one of Australia’s largest flying birds – the Black-necked stork (Jabiru). The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide. This is a wonderful experience and gives a unique perspective of this huge National Park and its origins. You then head into your semi-permanent camp in the heart of Kakadu National Park. Overnight Djarradjin Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you wake to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. Our day is focussed on a trek within the World Heritage listed National Park. We have a choice of two trek options today, depending on the weather and access within the park. One option will be a trek to take in the stunning lookouts of the Barrk and Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site. Barrk is the indigenous name for the male black wallaroo, a member of the kangaroo family which lives in this area. On your trek you learn of the ranger conservation programs operating in the Park. The second option is, (dependent on Ranger/Traditional Owner permission as JimJim usually open mid-July), to Jim Jim Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our visit to JimJim Falls and plateau is a trek that goes well beyond the regular tourist groups. Overnight Djarradjin Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after your scrumptious breakfast, you will visit the one of the most famous rock art sites in Australia which provides additional cultural insights into Kakadu National Park. The short 1km walk is perfect to explore the ancient rock art sites in the Ubirr region and then visit Cahills Crossing and the tidal river that crosses the road to Arnhem Land. After lunch you’ll transfer to Darwin before your final dinner and sunset on the foreshore. Overnight hotel, Darwin

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning is at leisure before your late morning transfer to the airport for your flight home. A warm welcome awaits!

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


Inclusions

  • All meals
  • 5 nights camping, 2 night hotel
  • Professional wilderness guides
  • Indigenous immersion program
  • Wildlife cruise
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • All transport from Darwin
  • Darwin exploration
  • Teachers from Mount Zaagkam School accompanying the trip

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Flights to/from Darwin
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)

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