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Loreto Kirribilli Kakadu & Arnhem Land Immersion 2018

Loreto Kirribilli Kakadu & Arnhem Land Immersion 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular wildlife of Kakadu
  • Jumping crocodiles of Yellow Waters
  • Living with the Yolngu Aboriginal people
  • Spending time on the remote and pristine Northeast Arnhem Land coastline
  • Learning about Yolngu language, crafts, fishing techniques and bush tucker (food)
  • Learning to appreciate the challenges with living in a remote environment
  • Experiencing a local dance festival and feast

Trip Summary

This unique adventure combines the remarkable natural wonder of Kakadu National park with the stunning wilderness and culture of Arnhem Land.

As far as World Heritage Areas go, Kakadu National Park is special in that it qualifies for World Heritage listing on the basis of both natural and cultural values. Exploring this part of Australia in a small group with an expert guide ensures a memorable and rewarding experience. Surrounded by more than 20,000 years of Aboriginal Heritage we observe Dreamtime Rock Art, we swim in remote gorges, and cruise among the abundant wildlife of Yellow Waters.

Returning to Darwin we fly to the North East Arnhem Land and to one of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines, virtually free from development and enjoying the custodianship of the Yolngu Aboriginal Traditional owners. The Yolngu are known as being one of the first Aboriginal peoples in Australia and it’s very likely they have one of the longest running cultures in history. This exclusive journey will travel to one of the most remote Yolngu Aboriginal communities at Bawaka Homeland where students will be immersed in traditional Yolngu Aboriginal knowledge to get a better understanding of their traditional way of life as well as the land, sea and animals. The school group may break into boys and girls groups to share in the gender-specific aspects of their culture and lifestyle. From language to body painting and dancing, bush medicines to star stories and even spear making and weaving, this is a unique experience that will provide students with a greater appreciation of the way of life of not just the Yolngu people, but all aboriginal cultures in Australia.


Our cultural adventures can be undertaken by anyone with a reasonable level of health and fitness. A good level of mobility is required for the many walks. An enthusiastic and positive attitude and an openness to different ways of living is also important.

Sample Itinerary

Be greeted at Darwin Airport by your guides and we drive approx 1hr south east to a unique Aboriginal cultural experience at Pudakal where Aboriginal elders will offer a traditional welcome to country and then all enjoy a welcome afternoon tea. Afterwards we discuss culture, tradition and explore a nearby billabong. Dinner is a celebratory welcome to the Top End BBQ. Your accommodation is in expedition style tents. We encourage an early night as tomorrow the real adventure commences. Possible Flight: Virgin Australia VA1351 09:45 Sydney Kingsford Smith 14:05 Darwin (Flight subject to change) Accommodation: camping in expedition style tents

Meals:  D

We then get off the sealed roads and travel east by 4WD mini bus along the old Jim Jim Road, passing some of the great wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong. In the mid-morning, after settling in at our permanent camp at Djarradjin Billabong in the heart of Kakadu we venture out on foot with our guides to properly explore the landscape. In the afternoon we will experience a cruise on the nearby Yellow Water billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. Here you may encounter brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolgas, Cormorants, Pelicans and Jabiru, Australia’s largest flying bird. The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide. Accommodation: Permanent Campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

Heading south we will explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. Barramundi Falls is reached via stunning walk through the monsoon forest, opening out to deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. In the far south of the park we reach our semi permanent campsite near Gunlom. This iconic waterfall and plunge pool is 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 published images of the NT. Our accommodation is another semi-permanent safari camp adjacent to the main campground. We are just a short stroll from the beach and plunge pool. Accommodation: Permanent Campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake up to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. We enjoy further time explore the gorges and enjoy one of the multitude of walks or plunge pools before needing to return to Darwin Airport and flying to Gove Airport. Approx 5hrs drive. We then take 4WD vehicles and transfer to Bawaka Homeland (approx 1.50hrs) arriving by early evening. Evening session • Welcome to country. • Settle into Homestead – meet and greet. Accommodation: camping in expedition style tents or dormitories

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast you will embark on your first full day of cultural immersion programs. Today’s program will be organised as follows: Morning session • Education theory- languages Afternoon activity sessions • Sacred site stories • Sign and languages Evening • Body painting and dancing Accommodation: camping in expedition style tents or dormitories

Meals:  B,L,D

Another exciting day of hands-on learning today, with the program set out as follows: Morning session • Education theory- plants and animal names, land protection, bush medicines/tucker, boundaries- Yirritja and Dhuwa Afternoon session • Bush medicines and tuckers collections • Tool making Evening • Body painting and dancing • Star stories Accommodation: camping in expedition style tents or dormitories

Meals:  B,L,D

Your final day of programs wil be concluded with an exciting evening of dance as well as a celebratory feast. The program will be: Morning sessions • Weaving and tool making • Firestick and spear making Afternoon and into evening • Prepare for dance festival and a feast Accommodation: camping in expedition style tents or dormitories

Meals:  B,L,D

Feedback from group, how does everybody feel about Yolgnu Culture? Review and reflection. Return to Nhulunbuy. Fly to Darwin. Upon arrival in Darwin Airport we will be met by our vehicle and driven into Darwin to enjoy a final dinner (at own expense) before returning to the airport at the required time.

Meals:  B,L

Early morning flight from Darwin to Sydney (red eye). Upon arrival in Sydney the trip concludes yet the memories and friendships made will last a lifetime. Possible Flight: Jetstar JQ671 01:20 Darwin 06:05 Sydney Kingsford Smith (Flight subject to change)

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • Return flights from Sydney to Darwin including luggage and taxes with either QANTAS, Virgin Australia or Jetstar. (Depending on schedule)
  • Return Air North flight from Darwin to Gove including luggage and taxes
  • All meals. 1 afternoon tea, 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Professional wilderness guides and support staff
  • Accommodation in dormitory style or camping
  • All vehicle transport across Darwin, Kakadu and Arnhem land
  • All permits and camping fees
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Emergency radio/sat phone
  • Pudukal Welcome to country on day 1
  • Kakadu Park entrance fees
  • Yellow Waters cruise
  • Bawaka cultural immersion program
  • Catering and eating utensils
  • Pre Departure Information kit to help you plan and prepare

What's Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and postage
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping bag hire
  • Any carbonated beverages
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)

Upcoming Travel Dates



Duration:9 Days
Starting Point:Sydney
Finishing Point:Sydney
Activities:Cultural Experience
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4538