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Epic Outback Experience

This program provides a rare opportunity to discover the delights of the East Kimberley – a wild part of the country full of natural and cultural wonders. Led by Infuse program leaders who have an intimate knowledge of the Top End, this challenging and exciting program engages students with Indigenous culture through a series of cross-cultural service activities. Along the way, the trip is full of everything that’s great about Australia’s outback – breathtaking gorges, millions of stars, tranquil waterholes, 4WD’s on dusty roads, and classic outback characters. Welcome!

Highlights

Travel in the footsteps of the original Infuse program that has roots back to 1980!

Venture across the outback in a 4WD and discover remote and amazing landscapes.

Experience the Kimberley - a wild and remote region of Australia home to waterfalls, cattle stations, dingoes, kangaroos and crocodiles.

Support Aboriginal youth development projects.

Contribute to social services through cooking meals for a women’s shelter.

Discover Australia’s ancient Aboriginal culture through immersions and workshops. Help build cultural bridges to lead our country towards reconciliation.

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin!

Welcome to Darwin! Infuse Travel staff will meet you upon arrival and you can expect a warm welcome to the program. Day one is going to be busy!

Tonight, experience Darwin come to life and explore the beachside stalls in search of outback crafts, souvenirs, and unique top- end delicacies at the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Be entertained by the street performers and marvel at the colourful territory sunset sinking into the Timor Sea.

Overnight: Darwin

Day 2: The History of Darwin

Today will involve exploring more that Darwin has to offer! Your day will start with morning mass at St Paul’s Nightcliff. Then you will visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service Museum at Darwin Wharf. Here you will learn all about the history of the RFDS and the bombing of Darwin Harbor during WWII through virtual reality and cinematography. After lunch, you will go on a Darwin Cathedral tour.

Overnight: Darwin

Day 3: Cultural Orientation and Road Trip to Katherine

This morning you will travel to the Adelaide River region where you’ll be welcomed by a local Indigenous family. These proud Limilngan-Wulna people will teach you all about their land and culture. You will discover medicinal uses for plants, be taught how to basket weave and even learn how to play the didgeridoo and throw a spear. At the end of the workshop you will be served damper and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on your experience with your hosts.

No trip to the Top End is complete without seeing some massive saltwater crocodiles. Head out on the Adelaide River, 40 minutes south of Darwin, to see these amazing creatures jumping out of the water in a feeding show like no other. You can’t get this close to a crocodile in the wild (safely) anywhere else in the world! This evening will involve a welcome to the outback dinner followed by a program orientation.

This afternoon, we hit the road and head south to Katherine with a stop at the hot springs before a pizza party and setting up camp.

Overnight: Camping, Katherine

Day 4: Katherine to Lake Argyle

Today is a special day where you will get to see sunrise and sunset in two of Australia’s most iconic outback locations. This morning we begin with a short hike from our campsite to watch the sunrise over Katherine Gorge. Then it’s time to hit the road and cross into Western Australia. The drive is approximately 6 hrs including stops along the way. You will be passing through over million-acre cattle stations and small towns that barely exist on the map.

After crossing the WA border, make your way to Lake Argyle and set up camp. Enjoy a swim in the campground’s infinity pool before a sunset cruise on the lake! Explore the lake on a wildlife cruise and learn about the Ord River irrigation scheme that led to the creation of 72 islands in one of the world’s largest man-made lakes. Keep your eyes open for rock wallabies and freshwater crocs!

Overnight: Camping, Lake Argyle

Day 5 and 6: Purnululu National Park: The Bungle Bungles

It’s time to hit the dirt road to one of Australia’s most unique World Heritage areas. We know you’re going to love this one! Purnululu National Park, or the Bungle Bungles is well known as one of the most striking geological landmarks in Australia. The 360-million-year-old ranges formed from beehive-like mounds with orange and black stripes will make you question whether you have landed on another
planet!

Lace up your boots, grab your camera, we’re off on an adventure! You will spend two days exploring these ancient landforms, narrow trails, creeks and cathedrals. The rock formations are truly out of this world. Hike into a natural amphitheatre and gaze out through nature’s own sky window! Star gazing in this world heritage national park is truly epic with no town or city lights close by.

Overnight: Camping, Purnululu National Park

Days 7 - 10: Service Projects in Kununurra

This morning we’ll travel into Kununurra – the main township in the Eastern Kimberley region. Kununurra is the largest town in Western Australia north of Broome. Kununurra is home to the Miriwoong and Gajirrabeng people. Spend the next few days working with Infuse Travel’s service partners to provide support to local people and organisations.

Each day you will help with service initiatives such as cooking meals for an Indigenous women’s shelter, wildlife rehabilitation at Kangaroo Haven, youth work with 54 Reasons (Save The Children), an arts programs at the local arts centre, and more. Service in the East Kimberley includes building positive relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, paving the way for greater cultural understanding and reconciliation.

After setting up camp and a quick swim to cool off you head out on your first service project….. Toad busting!

Overnight: Camping, Kununurra

Day 11: El Questro Wilderness Park

Next up, you’ll be immersed in El Questro – one of the country’s most magnificent wilderness parks, conveniently on the doorstep of Kununurra. You’ll spend the days exploring the best locations within this million-acre property. Hike and swim stunning gorges, thermal hot springs and waterfalls. Catch the sunset from a lookout over the many rivers.

By night be amazed by the milky way while dinner is cooked over the campfire. We know you’ll fall in love with the turquoise swimming holes, fringed with ferns and palm trees in a red outback oasis!

Overnight: Camping, El Questro Station

Day 12: Zebedee Hot Springs Return to Kununurra

Start your day with a soak in Australia’s most beautiful hot spring, after recharging your batteries we’ll make our way back to Kununurra for an evening service project.

Overnight: Camping, Kununurra

Day 13: Kununurra to Darwin

After a relaxed morning by the pool, today we will say our last goodbyes to our new friends in the East Kimberley before returning to Darwin.

Upon arrival into Darwin, we will check-in, freshen-up, then head out along the waterfront for a final dinner together. What a perfect way to end your last day in the Top End, we will spend the remainder of the evening sharing our favourite memories and wrapping up the trip in style at our Infuse closing ceremony.

Overnight: Darwin

Day 14: Departure Day

This morning you’ll attend morning mass before exploring Nightcliff Markets. Then it’s time to make our way to the airport to start the journey home. We hope you loved your time in the outback!