Aboriginal Rock Paintings, Day 2/Trip 2019 (Monday, 29th April)

Jabiru – Nourlangie (AM) – Ubirr (PM) – Jabiru

After a very, hot sweaty night – do not mention caravans and aircon, Robert – we got up early, and headed south to Nourlangie. Strictly, the aboriginal names for this area are Burrunggui and Anbangbang, which are the upper and lower parts of the outcrop. The rock paintings here are amazing, and the situation below the rocky overhangs makes them even more dramatic. We ventured further to a lookout with great view along the Burrunggui/Anbangbang escarpment.

Late in the afternoon, we headed north from Jabiru to Ubirr.  On the way, we stopped at Cahill’s Crossing, and watched an aboriginal boy fishing for barra(mundi) from the causeway, and keeping a wary eye out for crocs.  Ubirr was just a few kms north, and I wasn’t expecting the sheer profusion of superb aboriginal rock art. The most impressive was a sem-circular gallery of all kinds of fish (like a menu) and a wonderfully drawn Tasmanian (!) devil.  Thence, to the rocky ramparts overlooking Arnhem Land for a sunset looking out over verdant green wetlands.

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  1. Hamish Esslemont 30/04/2019 at 21:46 #

    Looks amazing – how’s the weather ?

  2. David Harper 01/05/2019 at 03:53 #

    Weather is fantastic .. bit hot a few days back. Perfect 31C today .. perfect for swimming that is. Photos later.

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