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Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land, Darwin – Nitmuluk National Park, Cultural Immersion, Crocodile Cruise, Indigenous Community School Visit, Ubirr, Nourlangie Rock Art Sites – Tour Code DDW JS 02 08 15 V1 –   ()

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 CountryDay1

  • Fly to Darwin, join your safari coach and travel south to Katherine.
  • A stop at Edith Falls
  • Comfort stop and refreshments at the town of Katherine.
  • Travel into Nitmuluk National Park
  • Overnight at Nitmuluk National National Park
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nitmuluk Caravan Park, Katherine – cabins multi-share

A day of Cultural Experiences with the Jawoyn PeopleDay2

  • Meet your hosts for 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nitmuluk Caravan Park, Katherine – Cabins multi-share

Kayaking Katherine Gorge, Waterfalls & Kakadu National ParkDay3

  • 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 Park

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

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Jabiru Lakeside Park – Cabins multi-share
  • 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 LandDay4

  • 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
West Arnhem College School – 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 ItineraryDay5

  • This day will be fully coordinated in conjunction with the community and the West Arnhem College.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Jabiru Lakeside Park – Cabins multi-share

Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock Art Site, Travel to Darwin – The Fastest Growing City in AustraliaDay6

  • 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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lee Point Village Resort – Cabins multi-share
  • 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 SightseeingDay7

  • 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.
  • Dinner – fish and chips on the wharf
  • Return to camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lee Point Village Resort – Cabins multi-share

Crocosaurus Cove & Flight homeDay8

  • Some free time and shopping before flight home
  • Coach transfer to airport

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.


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