Explore the highlights of Australia’s iconic Kakadu National Park and be part of this uplifting challenge for women supporting women
We hope that this is the start of your amazing journey, that will not only improve your fitness and mental health but also make a huge impact on the lives of women in the community that you live in and also the community that we will explore.
We’re looking for 10 women to join us in taking up the challenge to collectively raise $10,000 through sponsorship and a series of events culminating in the ultimate trekking adventure in Kakadu National Park.
All money raised will go towards providing crisis support for women escaping domestic violence on the Northern Beaches and support a local women’s project in the Northern Territory. If you think 2019 is your year to do something amazing for your body and your soul with a group of like-minded women, then please read on!
The money we raise will go towards women escaping domestic violence. By funding emergency accommodation and essential services and items, we will be supporting women at this critical stage of a process that is traumatic and stressful. An example of what $10,000 raised can provide is as follows: - 50 nights hotel accommodation whilst short-term/ refuge is arranged - Rental of storage facilities to keep woman’s belongings safe whilst a home is sought - Clothing and personal care packs for women who have had to leave urgently and empty handed - Food vouchers, for those that have had all access to money withheld by the perpetrator - Purchase of essential items to re-build a home including furniture and whitegoods.
Our suggested target fundraising amount is $1000 per adventure trekker. There are a number of ways you can approach your fundraising:
1. You can choose to pay for the travel costs yourself and just fundraise the charity donation.
2. You may choose to pay for the entire amount yourself and claim the charity donation component as a personal tax-deductible donation to your charity.
3. Lastly you can attempt to fundraise as much as you can in the given time and personally fund the balance of the total.
Rest assured, once you have registered on this challenge you will receive full fundraising support from our highly experienced team through telephone calls, monthly meet-ups (if possible), a personal online fundraising page, a Facebook group where we post and share heaps of fundraising ideas and participation in organised fundraising events. This is a team effort all the way - you are not in this alone!
Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Area covering some 20,000 square kms. Waterfalls tumble from the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment into shady pools; tranquil wetlands teeming with animal and bird life, while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries. Get ready for a true Australian adventure!
Day 1 - Sydney - Darwin
After all the fundraising and preparation, the wait is finally over! On arrival at Darwin you will make your way to the group hotel - The Cavenagh Hotel. Depending on when you arrive you may have time to explore Darwin or perhaps you’ll just want to relax by the hotel pool. We will gather in the hotel lobby at 4pm for a trek briefing with our guide before heading to a local restaurant for dinner.
Day 2 - Darwin to Kakadu
Leaving Darwin, we travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan –Wulna people. They’ll share with us their local Aboriginal culture with bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations, basket weaving and spear throwing. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, with the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close (but not too close) to ‘salties’ and other wild creatures on a unique billabong cruise. We arrive at Ubirr in time for sunset where you’ll see vivid Aboriginal rock art that dates back over 20,000 years. Then we head to our overnight camp in Jabiru, part of the Aurora Kakadu Lodge campgrounds.
Day 3 – Kakadu
It’s an early start this morning as we take some 4WD action along a track to the awesome wonder that is Jim Jim Falls*. First we have a quick lunch break and take in the views of this 200m natural wonder before embarking on the challenging walk to the base where you can choose to swim or relax on the beautiful beach. This is really a site to admire and not rush so we spend the whole afternoon enjoying the scenery and waterholes before making our way back down to the 4WD truck for the short drive to our overnight bush camp.
*If Jim Jim road is closed, an alternate itinerary will be provided, including waterfalls and alternate hikes. Unfortunately due to the unpredictability of the seasons, we cannot guarantee access to this road and it may be officially closed by the National Park.
Day 4 – Kakadu to Darwin
With more amazing waterfalls to experience we either head to Maguk and trek to the beautiful plunge pool for a dip to cool off, or hike to the top of Gunlom Falls for a swim and the breathtaking view of the escarpment country. We continue to enjoy the scenery as we make our way back to Darwin in time to have dinner and a well-earned drink at the magical Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Here we end our journey into the unique and unforgettable country of the Top End!
Day 5 - Darwin
Sydney This morning we farewell The Northern Territory, leaving only footprints and taking many happy memories.
This itinerary is subject to change with any modifications in Community regulations as well as Governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control. The Costs $200 - Registration Fee (non- refundable) $635 - Tour costs $620 (approx) - Flights (return from Sydney)* $175 - 2 nights at The Cavenagh Hotel in Darwin (twin share) $1000 - Target fundraising amount per person
*You will be responsible for booking your own flights. We will recommend flights once registered.
You will be travelling through Aboriginal land with a living culture and rich heritage. When on Aboriginal land it is necessary to accept that there may be some conditions of travel (your guide will explain) and that local and traditional obligations take precedence over permission to travel. Consider that Aboriginal land is essentially private land and that permission to enter is a privilege. Your guide will keep you informed of local culture, issues, and any considerations when meeting locals.
Generally speaking, it is fine, rain-free and there is plenty of sun between May and October. The days are quite warm from May to November (tops of around 35°C) and evenings can be cooler (down to around 15°C). Mid dry season (Jun-July can be cold at night down to around 5°C in Katherine). As the wet season approaches (Oct/Nov) there are sometimes spectacular thunderstorms which provide relief from the humidity. Throughout the year we can swim in crystal clear, spring fed pools. What You Carry Our Kakadu Adventure is fully supported. You will need to carry just a day-pack with your water bottles, lunch (will be provided), sunscreen, hat, camera and other personal items. You should plan on carrying at least 3 litres of water each and every day. Equipment Required Once registered you will be sent a full packing checklist that will include options to hire certain items e.g. sleeping bags.
Twin share room with ensuite at 3.5 star Cavenagh Hotel, breakfast in NOT included however the hotel is centrally located with a good choice of cafes close by.
Twin-share permanent tents, with spring-mattress beds, and fly-screen covered windows to allow for breezes but no bugs. Shared facilities. Please bear in mind that because you will be traveling into a remote wilderness, creature comforts are limited.
Fitness Level - Introductory/Moderate
This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent swimming ability. It is designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different. Although graded at an introductory to moderate level, some days will be quite active involving steep walks for most of the day.
We recommend you prepare for your adventure with some regular moderate exercise. Your level of fitness can also help you acclimatise to the warm temperatures and humidity. We will send you some training tips and also hope to organise some training walks in the Northern Beaches leading up to the trek where you’ll get the chance to meet some of the group and dust off your walking boots/shoes!
Food and Drink
Example of our menu while on trek: Breakfast: Fruit, cereal, toast, tea and coffee Lunch: Mixed cold meat and salad wraps and sandwiches, bread rolls Dinner: BBQ, salad or veg/chicken stir fry. Desert of fruit salad and custard or cake. Cheese and dips No meals are included in Darwin so we will have the chance to choose from the many cafes and restaurants the place has to offer. We hope to eat our final dinner in Darwin on Thursday at Mindil Markets, where there is a huge array of food trucks and stalls to choose from. 6
If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Your Package Includes
● Professional wilderness guide
● Wildlife cruise
● Transport in a private 4WD vehicle on trek
● Shared hotel accommodation on first and last night
● Shared tent accommodation on trek
● All national park and camping fees
● Training support
● Full fundraising support Exclusions
● Travel insurance
● Breakfast Day 1 & 5, Lunch Day 1, Dinner Day 1 & 4
● Personal expenses
● Your own kit (packing checklist will be sent once registered)
● Sleeping bag hire
● Alcoholic beverages
About Us & Our Partners Goodwill Hunting Co. is a for-purpose business that provides strategic planning, program development and financial sustainability to charities and community groups. We are a team of five professional and passionate women with many years combined experience in the not-for-profit sector. Our clients include Gotcha4Life, The Burdekin Association, One Eighty, Lifeline Northern Beaches, Manly Warringah Football Association and The Layne Beachley Foundation.
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