The Year 11 Outdoor Education class travelled to Kakadu National Park to complete their assessment expedition. We had been preparing all term by practicing our navigation, cooking and dehydrating food, learning how to pack and waterproof our equipment, and planning our route. On the first day, we hiked into Gubara Pools, a 3km hike along an old 4WD track. It was a pretty waterfall and Rockhole; however, we were not able to swim there. After a short rest, we tackled the steep uphill climb as we hiked up onto the stone escarpment. Once we were above the waterfall we were safe to cool off in the stream. We spent the rest of the day hiking through a valley on the top of the escarpment back to join the stream. Our first campsite was in a beautiful sandy right near the creek.
The second morning we awoke early and started to slowly follow the creek up towards the top of Mt. Brockman. We spent the morning travelling through gorges, up waterfalls and around steep rocky slopes. Upon reaching another creek we decided to set-up camp. We spent the afternoon exploring the area looking for rock art and swimming holes – we were successful in finding both! We had to cut our exploration off early as a big thunderstorm was coming. We managed to get back to our campsite just before it hit. We sat huddled watching the lightning strike the next ridge over it was both exciting and a little frightening being so exposed. After the storm left we all sat on the rocks and ate dinner together.
The third day we spent making our way back towards the first campsite, which was interesting considering the large amount of rain we just had. After several deep water crossings and backtracking to get around the swollen river we made it back to camp where we spent the afternoon relaxing and spending time together.
On the last day, we hiked back to the car – we were fast becoming experts, it only took half the time on the way back as it did on that first hot day. We stopped and looked at the rock art at Annabangbang, it was pretty amazing and then headed back to Kormilda.
The trip was hard and challenging but was so worth it!
– The Year 11 OE Class, please click below to see our movie!