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Ubirr and Nardab Floodplain

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by FIONA (subscribe)
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Published September 20th 2012
Kakadu Ancient Rock Art Site

If you are looking for a taste of Aboriginal heritage then Ubirr is a definite stop for you. Situated on the furthest North Eastern border of Kakadu is Aboriginal Rock Art Site Ubirr. Once an Aboriginal camp site, Ubirr is set amongst the stone country overlooking Nardab Floodplains and nearby woodlands.

Here the existence of primitive Aboriginal tribes is well preserved with public access to rock paintings dating back from less than 1500 years ago to possibly more than 2000 years ago. The main gallery exhibits prime examples of X-ray art, including evidence of contact with Caucasian people most likely buffalo hunters. There is also a wide array of wildlife depicted in the artwork possibly a kind of menu showing all the types of hunted animals in the area. Included is also a Tasmanian Tiger, last noted to exist in the area between 2000 to 3000 years ago. A lot of the artwork is also reminiscent of 'Dreamtime' educational drawings or pictures that tell a story with a moral purpose.

After a short stroll through the galleries, you can climb the large rock formations to view the Nardab Floodplains. This view happens to be the same one used in infamous Australian movie Crocodile Dundee.

Ubirr art site has easy accessibility with parking and facilities.

Opening hours

Open 8.30 am - sunset daily from 1 April - 30 November.
Open 2.00 pm - sunset daily from 1 December - 31 March.
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Why? Oneof the few Aboriginal rock art sites open tothe public
When: All year around
Where: Ubirr within Kakadu National Park
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