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Top End Immersion

Immerse yourself fully into the spirit of the land in Australia’s Top End with our eye-opening and educational tour. Explore remote bushland stations and make camp out under the stars in the beautiful, protected environment of the Kakadu and Katherine National Parks. Your Infuse Program Leaders will take you to all of their favourite secret spots, including waterfalls and plunge pools, along your journey through the Top End and into Arnhem Land, guided by Daly River Indigenous Leaders. A combination of incredible landscapes, service learning and Indigenous immersion – this is a trip you won’t soon forget.

Highlights

Explore world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park

Learn about the Limilngan-Wulna people and their culture.

See a myriad of Australian wildlife including crocodiles, native birds, kangaroos and dingoes.

Visit the lively Darwin markets taking in a true NT sunset!

Day 1 Welcome to Darwin!

Your adventure begins! This morning you will meet at your local Airport to check-in with your teachers and group. After saying farewell to your family, you’ll board the flight to Darwin and start the journey north.  Here we go!  

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 : Wildlife Service Project, Cultural Orientation and Kakadu

You’ll leave Darwin behind this morning and travel to a wildlife rehabilitation centre to support the owners with service projects such as enclosure maintenance and feeding injured animals. Get up-close to some of the NT’s incredible native birds, kangaroos, crocodiles and dingoes.

Then travel to the Adelaide River region where you’ll be welcomed onto country 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.

You will continue the road trip this afternoon and make your way into Kakadu National Park.

Overnight: Jabiru

Day 3: Kakadu, Crocs and Arnhem Land

Today you’ll take a wilderness cruise through this World Heritage landscape. Learn about Aboriginal culture, local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants & animals as well as bush survival skills. You’ll get off the boat into Arnhem Land to learn about traditional hunting & gathering implements, then continue to spot saltwater crocs in their natural habitat.

This afternoon you will head to Ubirr – a group of rocky outcrops that contain some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art. You’ll walk around the site to see and learn about the artwork in the natural rock shelters, then walk to a lookout for breathtaking sunset across the floodplain.

Overnight: Jabiru

Day 4: Waterfalls, Plunge Pools and Outback Station Experience

After breakfast, make your way to either the spectacular Gunlom Falls or Magook (Barramundi Falls). Climb to the top of the waterfall for sweeping views of the southern-most parts of Kakadu National Park, you will be rewarded for your climb with a relaxing dip in the crystal-clear plunge pools.

Say goodbye to Kakadu this afternoon as you make our way towards the park’s southern gates and continue south to Katherine. This afternoon we’ll be visiting a private property where you’ll meet an outback cowboy and stay on his station. Learn about working dogs, cattle mustering, whip cracking and bull catching.

Overnight: Katherine Outback Experience

Day 5: Katherine Gorge and Hot Springs

Spend today exploring Nitmiluk National Park to see the magnificent Katherine Gorge. Carved by the Katherine River, the spectacular gorges have stunning sandstone cliffs, lush rainforest gullies and intimidating walls.

Taking a boat through the gorge is one of the best ways to see the area, and our cruise this afternoon will take you through two of the thirteen gorges in the park. Aboriginal guides will tell you stories of their heritage that dates back tens of thousands of years.

Overnight: Daly River

Day 6 -7: On-Country Cultural Immersion and Service Projects

Today you’ll be welcomed onto a private property to spend time on country with a local indigenous family. The hosts – Jo, Lucy and their extended family – will spend two full days sharing their culture, knowledge, stories and homeland with you. The experience is designed to be as organic and authentic as possible. Learn first-hand how to hunt and cook traditionally; share in the beauty of Aboriginal culture and connection to country; visit some rock art sites; learn how to make didgeridoos and weave baskets; spot buffalo and brolgas in the wetlands; hike into an ancient cave; and venture across to the coast.

You will also support a community project in Woodycupaldiya (Woody) – a small community with only about 40 permanent residents. The focus of the project is supporting a new community school run by the local church. You will help with ongoing infrastructure projects to support the refurbishment of the community centre.

Overnight: near Daly River

Day 8: Farewell Hosts, Berry Springs and Darwin waterfront

Finish your time on-country this morning, pack up camp and say farewell to your hosts mid-morning. You’ll make your way to Berry Springs for a swim warm crystal clear waters on our way back to Darwin this evening.

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 9: RFDS, Darwin Waterfront, Departure

Visit the Royal Flying Doctors exhibit at Darwin Harbour to learn about the medical services provided to people in remote Australia. Spend some time along Darwin waterfront, pick up some souvenirs from the mall and visit some of the art galleries before lunch and a closing ceremony to wrap-up the program. Discuss your learnings from the past week, reflect on your experiences, then it’s time to say farewell and head to the airport for your journey home!