The Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site lies approximately 36 km south of Jabiru in the heart of Kakadu National Park. This intriguing and important Indigenous site is key to Kakadu’s status as a World Heritage-listed site with outstanding cultural values. Showcasing Aboriginal life and beliefs over the last 20,000 years, Nourlangie is a must-see site when visiting Kakadu National Park. Visitors can take a 1.5km walk through the site to see Nourlangie’s treasured rock art including creation stories featuring Namondjok and Namarrgon, the impressive Lightning Man. Further on awaits a fascinating depiction of European sailing ships and detailed x-ray artwork. Considered one of oldest and best examples of Aboriginal rock art, a visit to Nourlangie provides a remarkable insight into this ancient culture that will stir the soul.
On arrival at Nourlangie, you’ll find several sites along the relatively easy 1.5km walk, plus further tracks with steps that lead to lookouts and additional art sites. During your visit to Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) be sure not to miss Kuwarddewardde Lookout with spectacular views of the sandstone cliffs and expansive savanna woodlands of Kakadu and the Arnhem Land escarpment.
If possible, arrive at the site either first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. A late afternoon visit will reward you with a visual treat as the sunset exposes the ever-changing rich oranges, ochres, and browns of the Nourlangie rock face.
Take some time to visit Anbangbang Shelter with its outstanding array of rock art including Namarrgon, the Lightning Man. This shelter is where Aboriginal people lived during the volatile wet season; harvesting plants, and hunting for goanna, birds, fish, and more. Keep an eye out for grinding holes in the large flat rocks of the shelter floor used to prepare food and ochres for painting. Beyond these two sites, you’ll find further fascinating rock art that together paints a picture of the unique traditions of Nourlangie’s Indigenous people and their ever-changing life in this sacred place.
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Nourlangie can be visited year-round, though during the dry season, ranger-guided tours offer an insight into the history and geology of the area, explaining how Indigenous people used Anbangbang Shelter and detailing the connection the traditional owners have with the land.
A trip to see the Nourlangie rock art requires half a day to fully appreciate the site, rock art, other artifacts, and stunning vistas of Kakadu’s unique landscape.
Nourlangie is located within Kakadu National Park, and is about a three-hour drive from Darwin. It is easily accessed via a sealed road from the Arnhem Highway, Once you arrive at the Nourlangie region, you'll find a designated parking area. From there, you can take a relatively short walk to the Nourlangie rock art site.
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