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Nourlangie Rock

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Published January 26th 2018
Welcome to Nourlangie (Burrunggui in Gun-djeihmi)! Just turn off the Kakadu Highway, 19km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre and travel a further 12 km on a sealed road.

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Nourlangie Rock from distance


Nourlangie was initially a unique shelter for the Aboriginal people, particularly during the volatile and ferocious wet season (monsoons). Now, Nourlangie is a popular site to view Indigenous rock paintings in the heart of Kakadu National Park.

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Green lush will accompany your picnic


Upon entering the site, there is a large car park, picnic tables and also toilet facilities. Just follow the clear signage that will direct you to a 1.5 km circuit walk, known as the Nourlangie Rock Art Walk. This easy and wheelchair accessible walk will take you past an ancient Aboriginal shelter and several outstanding art sites. There are extensions to this walk, including Anbangbang Gallery, where you can view the famous 'Lightning Man'. This walk includes a moderately steep climb and passes a small creek. Please be careful as this path very slippery. If you feel like more adventure, you can continue to hike towards Gunwarddehwardde Lookout. This lookout offers breathtaking views, looking back over Nourlangie Rock and the escarpment of Kakadu.

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There are some easy walk paths, even with wheelchair access


Nourlangie, Kakadu, rock art, Aborigin paintings, Darwin, free, walk, nature


Stroll along from the car park amongst the green vegetations and your first stop will be the first information board. Keep an eye on your surroundings as you might encounter 'Skippy' or other wildlife. Follow the signage to Nourlangie Rock Art Walk and you will find your first shelter with some Aboriginal paintings.



Most of these amazing paintings represent the Aboriginal Dreaming, with depictions of Namandi spirits, both male and female figures, Rainbow Serpent, spirits, and other mythical Aboriginal creatures. Many paintings also depict European items and animals. At Anbangbang Gallery, you can see modern art.



Wear good walking shoes, take a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant. Don't forget your water bottle as there is no drinking fountain. Please note you can't drink water from the taps in the toilet without boiling it first. During the wet season, do this walk during the early morning. Also, don't forget your camera to capture some great shots.



The park also has spectacular wildlife, including Chestnut-quilled rock pigeons, the black wallaroo and of course, kangaroos can be found here.

Nourlangie, Kakadu, rock art, Aborigin paintings, Darwin, free, walk, nature


Nourlangie, Kakadu, rock art, Aborigin paintings, Darwin, free, walk, nature


While you enjoying this beautiful place, please do not touch the paintings, keep to the walking tracks, remain behind the fences and barriers and do not enter prohibited areas. Penalties apply to anyone defacing or damaging an archaeological site or artefact.

It is open throughout the year for free, from 8.00am to sunset. However, check with Bowali Visitor Centre for road closures during the wet season (October to May). For more information about Nourlangie Rock, please visit the website or call (08) 8938 1120
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Why? Free entry to the the most amazing site of Aborigin rock paintings from 2,000 years ago
When: Any time between 8am to sunset
Phone: (08) 8938 1120
Where: Nourlangie Rock
Cost: Free
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