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Overview

 Highlights


  • Welcome to country with local TO's
  • 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 Youth Adventures 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 and service program with trekking in the National Park, land management work and on country exploration

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Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


After all the planning and preparation the wait is 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 will briefly meet our hosts before turning in for the night in readiness to begin cultural immersion activities tomorrow morning.

Meals:  Nil

This morning we rise and meet with the local Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country and a full trip and safety briefing before we start our cultural immersion program. Over the next three days we embark on a Aboriginal cultural exploration of the surroundings including a bush tucker walk and learning about connection to country. We will participate in a number of hands on activities including arts, flora and fauna. 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. The local people are the custodians of the land and we learn how they have lived in harmony with the land 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

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will continue our Indigenous Immersion program and partake in a service program including land management and the local community. Tonight we will again join our hosts for a dinner under the stars to discuss our learnings. 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 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 for the day is to visit Ubirr, Cahills Crossing and to complete the Bardeljildiji sandstone walk. The walk at Ubir is short but passes several breathtaking Aboriginal art sites. 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. We return to our semi-permanent camp near Djarradjin Billabong.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise and begin our breakfast routine. After pack down we will prepare and pack out lunch before we drive a short distance to Nourlangie massif and begin our trek into the heart of the National park. Our trek will take in the stunning lookouts of the Barrk and Nourlangie Circuit. Barrk is the indigenous name for the male black wallaroo, a member of the kangaroo family which lives in this area. On our trek we learn of the ranger conservation programs operating in the park. After lunch we complete the second part of our trek as we head out on the Angbangbang Billabong Walk. This is a beautiful billabong teeming with bird life. In the late afternoon we return to Dajarradjin Billabong camp to relax around the campfire and enjoy another evening meal.

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


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Youth 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 men and women to help them deal with adverse situations in life.
CARBON NEUTRAL
World Youth Adventures 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 to Darwin return
  • All meals
  • Professional wilderness guides
  • Teachers from Mentone Grammar accompanying the group
  • Wildlife cruise
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • All transport from Darwin
  • Indigenous immersion program
  • Darwin exploration

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Travel insurance
  • 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.

Fully Customised
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.

Safety and
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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