You’ll find the Ubirr rock art just three hours east of Darwin on the border between Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land. The rock art here is considered to be among the best preserved in the world with work dating back an astonishing 20,000 years. A 45min/1km circuit walk rewards visitors with remarkable depictions of food animals (goanna, fish, turtles, waterfowl, wallabies, echidnas, and more), a thylacine (Tasmanian tiger, extinct for over 2000 years on the mainland), and superb examples of the famous Aboriginal x-ray art. Additional artwork at the Mabuyu, Namarrgarn Sisters, and Rainbow Serpent paintings tell stories of law and creation. The main art gallery is home to an interesting example of contact art from the time when Indigenous peoples first encountered Europeans. After marvelling at these remarkable Aboriginal art sites, Ubirr tours also include a chance to climb to a lookout with stunning 360-degree views of the Nadab floodplain and Arnhem Land.
As one of Kakadu's most famous Aboriginal rock art galleries, the Ubirr rock art showcases different art styles with newer paintings often superimposed over older ones. An intricate network of generational changes and fascinating stories are woven together.
Regardless of the time of year, Ubirr is open till sunset. And what an experience that is! From the lookout, the skyline seems endless and boosts floodplains, woodlands, and patches of rainforest. This is the best time and place to discover the serenity and enormity of both Kakadu and Arnhem Land.
Ubirr sunset tours go beyond the setting sun though, as the moon rises in the east and birds begin their evening song in what locals refer to as ‘the call of Kakadu’.
Ubirr’s rock art is an extremely important historic and scientific record of Indigenous life in Kakadu, and conservation efforts are ensuring this is accessible for generations to come. Visitors are asked to keep to the boardwalks and paths, refrain from touching the artwork, and note that sunset drinks are not an option as alcohol is not permitted at Ubirr.
You should allow an hour to enjoy the 1 km circuit walk and view the various art galleries. After that add on an extra 30 minutes to reach the lookout and take in the view. Keep in mind that the main walking circuit is wheelchair accessible, but the lookout walk, although only 250m, is fairly steep and requires a moderate level of fitness.
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If you happen to be here during kudjewk (monsoon season from December to March), you’ll be awed by spectacular thunderstorms and lightning shows. However, your best chance to visit Ubirr is during the dry season from May to October as you will find the access road often flooded during the wet season.
Rangers give guided tours from June to September with opening hours changing throughout the year.
Visiting Kakadu and its rock art sites requires an entry fee, however, if you book a holiday package with Fun Over 50 that visits the national park, this will be included in the cost of your tour.
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