Where to find outstanding Aboriginal rock paintings in Australia

Posted by Mbantua Gallery on 2021 Aug 25th

Where to find outstanding Aboriginal rock paintings in Australia

With Indigenous people providing Australia with a history dating back over 80,000 years, there are ancient rock paintings to be appreciated in every corner of the country. These fascinating creations were produced for a variety of reasons, including the recording of important events, as part of community rituals and to illustrate a connection with the land. Here, we’ve picked out some of the top spots to get an up-close look at Aboriginal rock paintings in Australia.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Kakadu National Park is considered to be the epicentre of Aboriginal rock paintings in Australia. With this sprawling landscape already showcasing 5,000 recorded sites, there are thought to be many more spread throughout this wonderful landmark. While there are many smaller sites to visit, the most significant rock painting galleries are at Ubirr and Burrungkuy, featuring depictions of prominent wildlife, traditional x-ray art and meetings with European settlers.

The Kimberley, Western Australia

Situated in the northern reaches of Western Australia, the Kimberly’s remote setting is home to a wealth of Aboriginal rock paintings. With two major categories of rock art to be found here, you’ll get to experience both Gwion Gwion Bradshaw figures and Wandjina rock art. With several different locations offering these incredible creations, be sure to visit Mitchell Falls and Surveyors Pool for some great examples, while there are more along the coastline at Vansittart Bay, Eagle Falls and Raft Point.

Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Situated about five hour’s drive north of Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges presents numerous stellar examples of Aboriginal rock art. With the Adnyamathanha people calling this place home for thousands of years, Arkaroo Rock features ochre and charcoal illustrations of the Wilpena Pound that are believed to be around 5,000 years old. There’s also the Sacred Canyon, where you can see an array of symbols sketched on sandstone walls, including animal tracks and watering holes.

Grampians National Park, Victoria

As one of the top places to see Aboriginal rock paintings in Victoria, the Grampians National Park is a must-visit for those who want to view wonderful ancient art. With an estimated 200 sites situated throughout this lush parkland, which equals around 80% of those found in Victoria, there are five locations open to the public. Throughout this hugely rewarding experience, don’t miss your chance to visit the Bunjil Shelter, the Gulgurn Manja Shelter and the Billimina Art Site for a series of compelling works.

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