Top End Camp – Amber Besser, Harry Daniello & Harper Tutton
For Activities Week we travelled up to Northern Territory exploring beautiful rock pools, waterfalls and sunset lookouts. Our first night we were lucky enough to have a special fish and chips dinner on a sandbar looking out over Darwin’s bay as the sun set. Then we set off to Katherine where we kayaked through the magnificent gorges and saw incredible waterfalls. We were given the opportunity to explore along the river of Nitmiluk National Park where we spent our day in the crystal-clear water and enjoyed a special lunch prepared by the Nitmiluk camp kitchen. At Kakadu we were lucky enough to have gone on the most breath-taking sunrise cruise followed by a buffet breakfast; it was truly a one in a life time opportunity. Bulley Rockhole and Florence Falls were one of our last places. The water looked magical even though the water was freezing cold! Our last night we were taken to Mindil Beach Market which was not only one of the highlights, it was our best dinner yet. We watched the sunset on the beach which just made it sadder that we had to leave the next day. Overall Top End was such a remarkable experience and we would highly recommend it!
Amber Besser and Harry Daniello
I chose the Top End camp as it was an opportunity to get away from Melbourne’s questionable weather whilst being immersed into the oldest culture in the world and seeing some of the most jaw-dropping sunsets and views. During the 10-day trip we went kayaking throughout Katherine Gorge where we were able to explore the ancient skyscraper rocks and swim through the gorges. I loved having dinner every night looking at an otherworldly sunset … whether that was sitting on a sand bank eating fish and chips, or on the border of Arnhem Land surrounded by ancient Aboriginal artworks, or by the pool watching Mr Ryan’s karaoke. We watched the sunrise on a morning cruise where we saw wild buffalos and crocodiles and spent our days swimming through waterfalls and in water holes or sitting on the minibus pretending we didn’t notice how badly Mr Dav was grinding the gears.
Every day we saw another breath-taking view which we all swore was the most amazing … until we saw the next view. Over the course of the camp, we all were given a better understanding of the impacts of colonialism on Aboriginal culture. We were also able to see how historic Aboriginal culture is, by being in the centre of it.