Situated in the East Alligator region of Kakadu National Park is Ubirr, an intriguing group of rock outcrops famous for its breathtaking views and Aboriginal rock art shelters dating back many thousands of years.
The best way to access the rock art is by climbing through the ancient area which will reward you with panoramic views of the floodplains and escarpments and Aboriginal rock art.
Several thousands of years ago, the local Aboriginal communities camped in rock shelters around Ubirr turning the stone into a vibrant canvas. With the surrounding East Alligator River, the Nadab floodplain, the woodlands and stone country the area was rich in wildlife for food and ideal for living.
Here you’ll see some of the most detailed rock art ranging of different art styles, with some sites thought to date back tens of thousands of years illustrating stories of creation, law, animals and traditional foods. You’ll find X-ray art and interesting examples of contact art such as a white figure depicted in trousers, shirt and with a pipe in his mouth 'bossing the Aboriginal people around'.
Look out for the rock art painting of the Tasmanian tiger, one of Australia’s most fabled species, considered to have become extinct on the mainland of Australia around 2000 years ago. You can also see the Rainbow Serpent, a powerful Creation Ancestor known to Aboriginal people throughout Australia and one of the oldest artistic symbols in the world.