Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park is one of South Australia's most culturally and historically significant archaeological sites. Its significance dates back to tens of thousands of years with extensive ancient rock carvings of the Nganguraku people engraved into a limestone cliff complex. The best way to view and learn about these carvings is through a guided boardwalk tour led by an experienced local guide. On the tour, you also get to experience the natural landscape of the region and see remnants of early Aboriginal habitation if you're adventurous enough to climb a set of over 200 steps that meanders up to the top of the cliff! It might be a bit of a climb, but the view of the pristine and beautiful River Murray from the cliff top is simply majestic.
School groups often visit, therefore, a unique modern-day carving has been added to aid the children's understanding. The carving consists of a number of dots and an M symbol. Do you think you could guess what the M stands for? The number of dots represents the number of days' walk and the M symbolises the destination. So, you guessed it, the carving tells us the number of days we'll need to walk from Ngaut Ngaut to the nearest McDonalds, which is at Murray Bridge.
Situated along the west side of the river, this small 49-hectare conversation park is close to the township of Nildottie approximately 170 kilometres north of Adelaide. From Mannum, take either the Walker Flat - Mannum Road or the Swan Reach - Walker Flat Road after crossing via ferry. Prior to visiting, you do need to contact the Mannum Aboriginal Community Association on 0488052370 to organise the tour. A minimum number of people may be required for tours to operate.