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Overview

 Highlights


  • Welcome to country with local TO's
  • A hands on Indigenous cultural immersion program
  • Service program with the local community
  • Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife
  • Stay in Pudakul country on Wulna Land and in exclusive semi-permanent campsites away from the crowds
  • View some of the most important indigenous rock art galleries in the world
  • Southern Kakadu expedition trek

This private Indigenous Immersion specially designed for the students of Sacred Heart College Geelong combines cultural learnings and community service with an exploration "on country" in Kakadu National Park. Our team in the Northern Territory will consult with the local community to work on projects for our regenerative journey based on our "travel. give, grow" philosophy. The students will learn about the local peoples and ancient culture that has lived in harmony with the land for thousands of years as well as challenge themselves physically on a number of "on country" expeditions. The 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.

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Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


After all the planning and preparation the wait is finally over! On arrival in Darwin you will be met by our crew and head straight to Wulna country. The drive will take just over 1 hour. On arrival we meet with the local Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country and smoke ceremony offering safe travels for our group. We then have a full trip and safety briefing covering our 8 day journey. This is the perfect time to ask any questions you may have about the logistics of the program. Over the next four days we will learn about the local peoples and gain an insight into their culture. Our immersion program will include elements of service for the local community, a bush tucker walk and learning about connection to country. We will participate in a number of hands on activities including arts, crafts and hunting and gathering. We will learn the meaning behind Pudakul (the name of the Macaranga tree used to make spears) and try our hand at throwing one, along with learning about using local fibres and local ochre colours in everyday life. We gain first hand experience of how the local people view themselves as custodians of the land and how they need to live sustainably so the land can be passed to the next generation. We learn how they have lived in harmony with nature over thousands of years. Tonight we will have a BBQ with our hosts and have storytelling and dreamtime stories around the campfire. Overnight camping at Pudakul Land

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the next two days we will continue our Indigenous Immersion program and partake in a service program with the local community. Prior to departure our team will connect with the local elders and community and discuss projects that we can all work on together that will benefit the local peoples and environment. This is part of our regenerative "travel, give, grow" philosophy that underpins all of our service programs. At night we again join our hosts for a dinner under the stars for storytelling and dreamtime. Overnight camping at Pudakul

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise and have breakfast with our hosts before continuing our cultural immersion program on Pudakul land. After lunch we head off into the stunning wetlands areas. In the late afternoon we take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. We 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. We continue to our semi permanent campsite located at Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park. Students will be required to help participate with set up, food prep and general camp duties. Overnight Djarradjin Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. Students help with breakfast routine and food prep before we head to explore Ubirr, Cahills Crossing and to complete the Bardeljildiji sandstone walk. The walk at Ubirr is short but passes several breathtaking Aboriginal art sites. We will have expert interpretation about the art, recognised as some of the most important rock art in the world. The Bardeljildiji sandstone walk will take us through towering sandstone pillars and small pockets of monsoonal rainforest. We will aim to watch the sunset over the surrounding savannah and wetlands before returning to our semi-permanent camp near Djarradjin Billabong.

Meals:  B,L,D

Heading south we will 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. We aim to join a local ranger to hear about the local conservation land management that is undertaken in the park. In the far south of the National Park we arrive at our semi-permanent camp near Gunlom. Gunlom is a magnificent waterfall and plunge pool ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms, the perfect spot to relax. The sunset views from the swimming pool on top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most iconic images of the Northern Territory – and it's all just a short stroll from our comfortable camp! Walking distance: 4km

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will embark on a challenging expedition into Southern Kakadu. Over the day we will undertake our expedition by foot, deep in to Southern Kakadu Buladjang Country. We aim to visit Motor Car Creek Falls areas and undertake a decent walk (up to 11 km), taking most of the day. The highlight is arriving at an unspoilt, stunning crystal clear waterhole and some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. We have the freedom to set the pace of the walk depending on the group and weather of the day. Our walk takes us through open woodland past some remarkable Salmon Gums, glowing pink in the morning sun, before entering an area of pristine monsoon rainforest. Tonight we can take in our last Kakadu sunset while enjoying pre-dinner nibbles from the top of Gunlom Falls. Walking distance: up to 11km

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise for breakfast and continue our exploration of Kakadu National Park. We have a number of options to walk to nearby watering holes and important landmarks in the Park. After lunch we travel to Darwin and spend the afternoon exploring the iconic and historic landmarks of Darwin including the Royal Flying Doctor's museum, the waterfront and landmarks from world war two. Late tonight we transfer to the airport for our flight to Melbourne.

Meals:  B,L,D

Fly from Darwin to Melbourne

Meals:  B,L,D


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with a regenerative nature, leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed around our "travel, give, grow" philosophy and to enhance the following life skills that will help improve all round well being and personal growth:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek 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
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young men and women to help them deal with adverse situations in life.
CARBON NEUTRAL
World Expeditions Schools absorbs the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions. This is our commitment to being part of the solution to climate crises.


Inclusions

  • Flights ex Melbourne to Darwin return
  • All meals
  • Professional wilderness guides
  • Teachers accompanying the group
  • Indigenous immersion program
  • Community service program including all required materials
  • Wildlife cruise
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • All transport from Darwin

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

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Introductory to Moderate


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

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School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

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Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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