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Top End Immersion

Explore what Australia’s Top End truly has to offer in this immersive program. Camp out under the stars, learn about the local culture and make meaningful connections and memories with all the people you meet in the Kakadu and Katherine areas.

Highlights

Cruise through world-heritage listed Kakadu

Learn about the Limilngan-Wulna people and their culture.

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

Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service base.

Build infrastructure and support local communities

Day By Day

Day 1 Welcome to Darwin!

Welcome to the Top End! Infuse leaders will meet you upon arrival and welcome to the program. Transfer to your accommodation in Darwin and spend this afternoon/evening settling into life in the NT.

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, Magnetic Termite Mounds, Berry Springs

Finish your time on-country this morning, pack up camp and say farewell to your hosts mid-morning. You’ll make your way to Litchfield National Park to see the magnetic termite mounds.  Stop at Berry Springs for a swim on our way back to Darwin this evening.

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!