Ever had a sunset dinner at Mindal beach? The eight students on BSSC’s Kakadu trip began their northern adventure in Darwin, enjoying one of Australia’s most spectacular spots for sunset views.

In Darwin temperatures are hovering in the mid-20s and the whole scene is a dramatic contrast to wintery Bendigo.

From Darwin it was down the road to Litchfield National Park, where the savannah—dotted with massive termite nests—gives way to rainforest and rushing rivers with waterfalls and ponds perfect for swimming: Walker Creek, Florence Falls and Buley Rock Holes.

By Saturday the crew were in Kakadu exploring the crystal clear Moline Rock Hole and having a sunset swim in Gunlom Falls. Next day saw Barramundi Gorge—or Maguk in local language—as well as a wetlands tour (with crocs !!) and yet another stunning sunset.

With a permit from parks and traditional owners, Dan and the students were able to walk to the top of Jim Jim Falls and camp up there by the creek, sleeping outside while spuds roasted on the fire.

From here a hike up the creek took them to rock art sites—that included kids’ hand stencils and canoes—at what is a wet season camp for local Gagadju people. There were lots of swims as they walked back down.

Sounds like they are having a really tough time!!!