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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, land management work and on Country exploration

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Starting Point:

Sydney

Activities:

Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


Depart Sydney and arrive Darwin at around 1230. Meet your Guides and late light picnic lunch provided (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 have a sunset BBQ at the waterfront 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. Over the next two days you will engage with local Aboriginal people, the environment and wildlife, learn basket weaving, dilly bag making and the techniques used in the process. 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 and have storytelling and dreamtime stories around the campfire. Overnight camping at Pudakul

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you continue your Indigenous Immersion program and partake in a service program (details to be determined in consultation with the local community closer to departure). Tonight you will again join your hosts for a dinner under the stars to discuss your learnings. Overnight camping at Pudakul

Meals:  B,L,D

Your cultural immersion program on Limilngan-Wulna land will continue this morning. In the late morning you will farewell your hosts and after lunch you 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 you wake to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. Students help with breakfast routine and food prep before a safety briefing and gear check for the coming days walking activities. 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 is to Jim Jim Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our visit is a trek that goes well beyond the regular tourist groups. Our other 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. In the afternoon you will visit the Warradjan 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. Overnight Djarradjin Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Optional sunrise walk up Mirray Lookout for 360 degree views of the surrounding landscapes. 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. You then arrive at our semi-permanent camp near Gunlom. Gunlom is a magnificent waterfall and plunge pool ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms. Camp is nearby at Kambolgie.

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the day you will undertake an expedition by foot, deep in to Southern Kakadu Buladjang Country. We aim to visit Motor Car Creek Falls areas and undertake a walk, taking most of the day. The highlight is arriving at an unspoilt, stunning crystal clear waterhole 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. Tonight you take in your last Kakadu sunset and enjoy dinner under the stars. Overnight camping at Kambolgie.

Meals:  B,L,D

Rise early for breakfast and departure from Kambolgie for Darwin Airport, stopping en-route for an early lunch. Arrival at approximately 1130 for check-in and departure.

Meals:  B,L


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 leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• 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 citizens to help them deal with adverse situations in life.


Inclusions

  • Return economy group flights to Darwin
  • All meals
  • 6 nights camping, 1 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
  • Travel Insurance (based on current costs, subject to change)
  • Teachers from Brigidine College accompanying the trip

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

Accommodation


Grading

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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