Year 10 Kakadu Trip 2016

Over the Term 3 holidays, 36 students along with 5 staff took part in a cultural experience of the Northern Territory. It was an incredible experience, especially given the unseasonal rains that had fallen in the Territory, as they had in Victoria. It provided an abundance of water, vegetation and animal life which made for many exciting and picturesque destinations and activities.

Thank you to students, parents and staff for providing this amazing opportunity to so many.

Here is a summary of the trip by some of the students.

Mr Vic Gati

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Visited the cultural centre at Yulara and watched the sunset on Uluru (Ayers Rock).
  • Day 2 – 10 kilometer base walk around Uluru and visited Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).
  • Day 3 - Explored Kings Canyon Gorge.
  • Day 4 - Travelled to Alice Springs. Had free time to explore the town, do some shopping, then an evening trivia game back at camp.
  • Day 5 - Visited the Royal Flying Doctor Service & John Flynn’s Memorial. Walked around Simpsons Gap before visiting Standley Chasm and lunch. Finished off the night by visiting the reptile centre in Alice.
  • Day 6 - Travelled to Wycliffe Well and set up camp. Went bouldering at Devils Marbles and had a talent show in the evening.
  • Day 7- Arrived at Mataranka after an 8 hour bus ride and had a swim in the crystal clear thermal pools.
  • Day 8 - Went for a morning swim in the thermal pool before heading off to Katherine and relaxing for the afternoon.
  • Day 9 - River cruise through Katherine Gorge. Packed up camp and then took off to Kakadu.
  • Day 10 - Visited the crocs on the Yellow Water cruise then took off to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to read on some aboriginal history. Later that evening soaked up a beautiful sunset on our second last night at Ubirr Rock.
  • Day 11 - Visited the Darwin military museum, then spent the rest of the afternoon having some free time to do shopping in Darwin. Finished with a visit to Mindil Beach twilight market and a cruise around Darwin harbor which was sadly the last thing we would do until we headed back to Melbourne.

Reflections
Our eleven day tour of the Northern Territory was a fantastic experience. Starting the trip off at Uluru was a great way to start as the sunset and base walk were breathtaking. Getting to know everyone better and forming new friendships was great and we all enjoyed the company of each other. Kings Canyon was one of our favourite destinations as the views were surreal and felt like we were on top of the world. Seeing the difference in towns up north was eye opening compared to what we have back at home. Wycliffe was a great opportunity for us to get to know each other's secret talents as we had a talent show and Mr Carroll blew us all away by singing 'The Letter', a talent none of us knew he had. A long bus ride to Mataranka was rewarded by enjoying the crystal-clear thermal pool for an evening swim. The crocodile cruise at Kakadu was unbelievable getting up close to many salt water crocodiles. Enjoying the last day together at Darwin we had free time to shop and explore the markets before a harbour cruise to finish off our experience. The trip was one we will never forget.

By Matt McDonald and Olivia Carlus.