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Kakadu Trek & Explorer Tour

Australia
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Duration

8D/7N

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

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. Get away from the crowds on our walking based itinerary, which includes a cruise on the Yellow Waters (a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles). It’s when you go for a walk beyond the main tourist sites that Kakadu will reveal its true magic.

Kakadu Trek for Student & Youth Travel

Join us on this challenging 9 day off-track, full pack exploratory hike for a unique opportunity to explore the Kakadu Escarpment country, where few non Indigenous people have ever walked. We explore the most beautiful swimming holes, stay in spectacular camp sites and discover significant and inspiring Aboriginal rock art. This is a stunning trekking journey along two of Kakadu’s great creeks (so big you could almost call them rivers!), the Twin and Jim Jim. Your guides believe that this is the best trek they have done so far in their walking careers and are excited to take you into this incredible, remote, untouched wilderness area.

Our trek is unmarked and exploratory in nature giving us the freedom to discover this unique country with the aid of maps and a compass. There is no set itinerary; we are privileged to journey together through this beautiful country, exploring a remote wilderness where few venture.

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Highlights

  • Welcome to country ceremony
  • Indigenous cultural immersion program
  • Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong
  • Home to a variety of wildlife
  • Experience the iconic Gunlom Falls
  • Stay in exclusive campsites away from the crowds
  • View indigenous rock art galleries
  • Ubirr rock art trek

Itinerary

Day 1 : Fly to Darwin, transfer to Wulna Country, Yellow Water Billabong cruise

On arrival in Darwin this morning, we will be met by our experienced World Youth Adventures guide and taken by coach to our campsite. We will meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country, followed by lunch and a full trip briefing. 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 billabong as well as salt-water crocodiles 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. Overnight camping.

Day 2 : To Kakadu National Park & Trek the Ubirr walk

After breakfast, we transfer to Kakadu National Park, passing some of the area's great wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong. Our day is focused on stunning walks within this World Heritage listed National Park. including one of the best walks in the region, the Ubirr trek. The walk at Ubirr passes several breathtaking Aboriginal art sites and is world renowned. Ubirr’s rock art is considered among the best in the world, with fine examples of x-ray painting as well as contact art from the time when indigenous people first encountered Europeans. Stories about behaviour and law are told at the Mabuyu, Narmarrkan Sisters and Rainbow Serpent paintings. The Bardeljildiji sandstone walk will take us through towering sandstone pillars and small pockets of monsoonal rain forest. We spend the evening at our campsite located near Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park.

Day 3 : Nourlangie Aboriginal Rock Art Sites, Cultural centre & Gunlom Falls

We wake to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the savannah and wetlands. After a nourishing breakfast we drive a short distance to Nourlangie to explore the Aboriginal Rock Art Sites, some of the oldest and most impressive rock art in the world documenting how life was like in the region thousands of years ago. After lunch we'll head to the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to further our knowledge. In the far south of the national park we arrive at our campsite 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 Gunlom campsite.

Day 4 : Trek to Barramundi (Maguk) Falls and Gunlom Plunge Pool

We will depart Gunlom 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. Return to Gunlom campsite for overnight.

Day 5-6 : Indigenous cultural immersion

Over the next two days we will join an indigenous cultural immersion program with the local Mayali people. We will camp on Murumburr clan land where tradition still remains very strong and learn about connection to country and join in a range of activities with the local mob. This program is an authentic Aboriginal culture and nature based engagement experience providing the students with information, knowledge and culture. Areas covered over the two days will be bush medicine, bush tucker, art, connection to country and the rich local traditional stories. Overnight camping

Day 7 : Community service day

Today we will join with the local community and work on a service program to help improve the lives of the local peoples living in the area. Overnight Darwin Hotel

Day 8 : Departure Darwin

Transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Included/Excluded

  • Flights to/from Darwin
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Professional wilderness guides
  • 2 teachers accompanying each group
  • Camping equipment including tents
  • Yellow River Wildlife cruise
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • All transport in private vehicles
  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses

Tour's Location

Australia

FAQs

Payment Policy :
Initial Booking Amount - 10% of the tour cost
15 days prior to the departure date - 50% of the remaining tour cost
10 days prior to the departure date - 100% of the tour cost required.
Cancellation Policy :
If you Cancel your Holiday,
15 days or more prior to departure date, Initial Booking Amount and additional amount of visa fee will be forfeited (in case visa has been applied)
Between 15–10 days: 50% of total tour cost will be charged as penalty.
Less than 10 days: 100% of total tour cost will be charges as penalty.

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