Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land Adventure

Katherine – Indigenous Community Immersion - Kakadu – Arnhem Land Immersion – Darwin 8 Days -   (DDW SS 02 08 15 V1)

Katherine – Indigenous Community Immersion – Kakadu – Arnhem Land Immersion –

Darwin  8 Days

Tour Code: DDW SS 02 08 15  V1

Introduction:

This tour provides an outline of what could be achieved by way of reconciliation program with Aboriginal communities in three different regions of the Top End. Katherine with the Jawoyn people, Kakadu in conjunction with the National Park and Arnhem Land at Ganbalanya historically referred to as Oenpelli. Austour would welcome the opportunity to work with teachers, students and Community elders to bring about meaningful outcomes.

Fly to Darwin Travel To Katherine Wild River Country Day 1

  • Fly to Darwin, join your safari coach and travel south to Katherine.
  • Visit the Adelaide War Cemetary
  • A stop at Edith Falls
  • Comfort stop and refreshments at the town of Katherine.
  • Travel into Nitmuluk National Park
  • Overnight camp at Maud Creek.
  • Meet our hosts around the campfire.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Nitmuluk Gorge Camp Site, Katherine – Tent

A day of Cultural Experiences with the Jawoyn People Day 2

  • A full day of cultural immersion.
  • Be exposed to the lifestyle of the Jawoyn people.
  • Learn about and taste bush tucker.
  • Interactive cultural activities.
  • Basket weaving, didgeridoo playing and spear throwing.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Nitmuluk Gorge Camp Site, Katherine – Tent

Kayaking Katherine Gorge, Waterfalls & Kakadu National Park Day 3

  • Enjoy a kayak trip through Katherine Gorge.
  • Learn about Nitmiluk National Park.
  • Travel into Kakadu National Park.
  • See the crocodile shaped motel at Jabiru
  • Overnight accommodation at the Jabiru Lakeside Camping Park

*National Park Entry exemptions maybe available for schools or Indigenous study programs

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Jabiru Lakeside Camping Park – Tent
  • Jabiru Region
    Jabiru is the main township in Kakadu providing a range of essential services for visitors and a gateway to all parts of the park and Arnhem Land. We stay overnight in this region and explore the town.
  • “Welcome To Country”
    “The Aboriginal traditional owners welcome you to Kakadu National Park. They are proud to share this special place with you. They hope you take the time to look listen and feel the country, to experience the true essence of this and take care”.
  • Culture
    Kakadu is a living cultural landscape. Generations of Bininj/Mungguy have lived on and care for this country for tens of thousands of years. Their spiritual connection with the land is globally recognised in Kakadu’s World Heritage listing which honours one of the oldest societies on earth.

Kakadu National Park, Crocodile Cruise, Indigenous Community/School Visit & Arnhem Land Day 4

  • A cruise on the crocodile infested East Alligator River.
  • An Indigenous guide to provide a fascinating insight into their culture.
  • Travel to the Aborinigal Community of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli).
  • Visit an art gallery.
  • Learn about life in Arnhem Land.
  • Travel to sacred art gallery sites.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
West Arnhem College School – Tent or School Hall
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles are the world’s largest living reptiles. They are also on of the most ancient, having existed unchanged for nearly 200 million years. There are more than 20 species of crocodilians in the world. Two species occur in Australia – the freshwater and the estuarine (saltwater) crocodile.

Gunbalanya Indigenous Immersion and Visit to Art Gallery - Nearby Ranges Itinerary Day 5

  • This day will be fully coordinated in conjunction with the community and the West Arnhem College.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Overnight at Gunbalanya or return to Jabiru - Tent

Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock Art Site, Travel to Darwin – The Fastest Growing City in Australia Day 6

  • More sightseeing of this World Heritage area
  • Visit to Ubirr Rock Art site and Nourlangie Rock art site.
  • Travel to Darwin.
  • Cross the Alligator River.
  • Visit the Indigenous managed ‘Windows to the Wetlands’.
  • Visit a didgeridoo factory with lots of artefacts and art.
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Lee Point Village Resort – Tent
  • Ubirr
    Ubirr contains several fascinating Aboriginal rock art sites and a steep climb to the top of a rocky lookout offers superb views over the Nadab floodplain.
  • Nourlangie Region:
    Features a circular walk that takes you past an ancient Aboriginal shelter and several outstanding art sites. A climb to a lookout provides impressive views of Kakadu’s escarpment.
  • Darwin
    A beautiful, fascinating modern tropical city steeped in history, one that has endured many hardships on its way to establishing itself as the gateway to Asia. Being the home of NT commerce and business it boasts world-class natural and cultural attractions and is a thriving hub of activity in terms of tourism, nightlife and retail.

A Day in Darwin Sightseeing Day 7

  • Orientation tour of Darwin including sightseeing and learning the history of Darwin from an Indigenous and Western prospective.
  • Visit the Darwin Museum and art gallery.
  • Visit the new World War 2 experience, which highlights the bombing of Darwin – an event bigger than Pearl Harbour.
  • See the fish feeding at Doctors Gully.
  • Explore World War 2 tunnels under Darwin.
  • Evening at Mindil Market to enjoy a variety of food and craft vendors
  • Return to camp
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, (Dinner at own expense)
Accommodation:
Lee Point Village Resort – Tent

Crocosaurus Cove & Flight home Day 8

  • Todays itinerary will be dependant on flight schedules with flights available between midday and midnight.
  • Some free time and shopping before flight home
  • Or optional visits such as Crocosauras Cove and evening activities
  • Coach transfer to airport
Meals:
Breakfast

Your tour cost includes:

  • The provision of a suitable modern touring vehicle to fit the needs and size of the group.
  • Fully equipped catering and luggage trailer
  • The services of an experience and accredited driver / guide.
  • Airport Transfers as applicable
  • The provision of a tour manager responsible for tour operations and catering safari style.
  • The provision of all accommodation on a multi-share 4, 5 or 6 students per room, or in twin-share pyramid tents with in built vinyl floors and comfortable mattresses, teachers twin-share.       Single supplement additional cost.
  • The provision of all catering equipment inclusive of an individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate.
  • The provision of cooked breakfasts and light breakfasts, salad and sandwich lunches with fruit, cake and juice and 3 course evening meals as per itinerary.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary excluding Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park entry fee (where applicable), school to apply for exemption – contact Austour.

Not included:

  • Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
  • Transport from home to departure point and arrival point to home.
  • Domestic air travel unless otherwise stated.
  • Complimentary travel on airline for teachers
  • Travel Insurance (Highly recommended- contact Austour for details and 20% rebate).
  • Linen (bring your own sleeping bag, liner and small pillow).
  • Towels and items of a personal nature.
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park entry fee (School to apply for exemption – contact Austour).
  • Kakadu National Park entry fee (School to apply for exemption – contact Austour).
  • All prices quoted are on ground content only.

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

Testimonials

As teacher in charge of our recent safari I thought I would write to you to express just how proud we are of our students that ventured on the Indigenous Immersion and Exchange Experience 2012.

The purpose of the experience was to learn from Indigenous peoples about their cultures, histories, traditions and rituals and then for our students to give back to these communities. Through their experience, it was, and still is hoped, that our students will:

• Promote social transformation within Indigenous communities and the whole school community
• Develop skills of critical and social analysis
• Foster dialogue and reflection towards understanding and building relationships
• Facilitate practical action at a grass roots level