OzHarvest Kakadu Bushtucker Challenge

Walk 40kms on the OzHarvest Kakadu challenge supporting people in need across our country.

Challenge Highlights

  • Joined by a OzHarvest ambassador, on a top end challenge
  • Welcome to country Wulna Aboriginal elders and bushtucker medicine walk with the community
  • Sustainable responsible semi-permanent camps with less impact on the environment
  • Challenge yourself with treks to the iconic Twin and Jim Jim falls
  • Trek the diverse habitat of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top
  • Trek to some of the most beautiful indigenous rock art galleries
  • Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife

Overview

OzHarvest Kakadu Bushtucker challenge delivers a high-quality experience that provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the area.

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Area covering some 20,000 square kms. Our challenge of full-day bushwalks ventures into remote gorges and high escarpments over looking valley floors, as well walking to ancient rock-art seen by very few visitors. The upgraded semi-permanent campsites have low impact on the environment. Get away from the crowds on our active, walking based challenge. It's when you go for a walk beyond the main tourist sites that Kakadu will reveal its true magic.

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Challenge Grade

This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent swimming ability. This adventure is designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different. This trip has been graded at an introductory to moderate level. However, some days will be quite active involving steep walks for most of the day. These adventures are best prepared for with some regular moderate exercise. As always with adventure travel, you should enjoy a healthy lifestyle before undertaking this trip. Please bear in mind that because you will be traveling into a remote wilderness, creature comforts are limited. Your level of fitness can also help you acclimatise to the warm temperatures and humidity, so we suggest a bit of swimming, walking, jogging or cycling to trim yourself up ready for the Territory!

Itinerary

Our journey begins with a Darwin airport pick-up at 1pm and travel south-east to Kakadu National Park. On the way we meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country, and a chance to discuss culture. We then take a walk by the billabong to see and discuss bush tucker & medicine plants in the community. We head further west and stop for a BBQ dinner at the popular Bark Hut inside the National Park. Arriving in the evening at our comfortable semi-permanent camp, located at Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park.

Meals:  D

After breakfast we drive to Jim Jim and Twin Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our day is focussed on stunning treks within the World Heritage listed National Park. Our visits to Jim Jim and Twin falls aim for an active experience, walking beyond the reach regular tourist groups. We trek to the top of the escarpment, across exposed sandstone to top of Jim Jim Falls and out across the landscape. Afternoon sunset cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. We may encounter Brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt-water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolga, Cormorants, Pelicans and one of Australia's largest flying birds – the Black-necked stork (Jabiru). The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide. We return to our semi-permanent camp near Djarradjin Billabong. Walking distance: 10km - 7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

An early start this morning in order to take in all the highlights of this adventurous trekking challenge. After a nourishing breakfast we drive a short distance to Nourlangie massif and begin our trek – the Barrk and Nourlangie circuit – traversing the crest of this quartzite plateau. Barrk is the indigenous name for the male black wallaroo, a member of the kangaroo family which lives in this area. The walk reveals the extraordinary diversity of habitats of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top. We have the opportunity to visit the Warradjin information centre – a place full of fascinating traditional owner information and stories. In the late afternoon we return to Dajarradjin Billabong camp and enjoy another delicious evening meal. Walking distance: 12km

Meals:  B,L,D

Heading south we will explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. Maguk (Barramundi) Falls is reached via a stunning trek through the monsoon forest, opening out to a deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. Keep your eye out for birds such as Rainbow pitas, Emerald doves and Spangled drongos as well as the endemic Anbinik tree – the biggest trees in Stone Country. In the far south of the National Park we arrive at our semi-permanent camp near Gunlom. Gunlom is a magnificent waterfall and plunge pool ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms. The sunset views from the top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most iconic images of the Northern Territory. Walking distance: 10km

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the day we will undertake our expedition by foot, deep in to Southern Kakadu Buladjang Country. We aim to visit Motor Car Creek Falls areas and undertake a decent walk (up to 11 km), taking most of the day. The highlight is arriving at an unspoilt, stunning crystal clear waterhole and some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. We have the freedom to set the pace of the walk depending on the group and weather of the day. Our walk takes us through open woodland past some remarkable Salmon Gums, glowing pink in the morning sun, before entering an area of pristine monsoon rainforest. Tonight we can take in our last Kakadu sunset while enjoying pre-dinner nibbles from the top of Gunlom Falls. Walking distance: up to 11km

Meals:  B,L,D

After our final night in the semi-permanent camp at Gunlom, we pack up and make our way to Darwin. Stopping on route for one last swimming hole in the Kakadu we expect to arrive back into Darwin by 5pm with drop off at hotel. We hope you've enjoyed your journey into the unique and unforgettable country of the Top End!

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast please make own arrangement to Darwin Airport for your flight home. Recommend taxi or shuttle bus that can be book with the hotel.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • OzHarvest Ambassador
  • 5 nights semi-permanent sustainable camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping
  • 1 night Darwin Hotel
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Professional wilderness guides
  • Wildlife cruise
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • 4WD transport from Darwin
  • All dining and catering equipment
  • Huma training manual and gear list
  • facebook group page to chat with your fellow supporters
  • 10% discount on all Can Too supporters travel insurance
  • Fundraising support from setting up your online page to tips to reach your target

What's Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bag hire
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

What You Carry

  • Kakadu Walking Adventure is fully supported. You will need to carry just a day-pack with your water bottles, lunch, camera and other personal items. You should plan on carrying at least 3 litres of water each and every day.

Fundraising Impact

Every single $1 that you raise will allow OzHarvest to provide 2 meals to disadvantaged Australians.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Optional Single Supplement - Darwin Hotel Only:USD$120 
Minimum Charity Donation/fundraising:USD$2000 

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Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 25 Aug 201931 Aug 2019
Duration:7 Days
Activities:Charity Challenge
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:OH4
Registration Fee:USD$160
Travel Cost:USD$120

OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the vulnerable in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Newcastle.