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Darwin & the Northern Territory: Places to go & Background information

Photos: Ubirr Aboriginal Art – Kakadu, Northern Territory

When I first travelled to the Australia’s Northern Territory a few years ago I did a roadtrip from Alice Springs to Darwin including a visit to Kakadu National Park. One of the highlights of Kakadu is the Ubirr Aboriginal Art Site, located in the East Alligator river part of the National Park.

During the walk around Ubirr you will see one of the finest collections of rock art in the world, and if it’s just after the rainy season you can get a great view from a high lookout of the Kakadu landscape.

Nabab Wetlands Lookout - Ubirr Aboriginal Art Site - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

During your walk you can learn something about the art and it’s meaning to Aboriginal people.

Tradtional paintings and the stories they illustrate are part of the unwritten library of knowledge and spiritual beliefs of Aboriginal people.

Senior clan members own certain parts of this library and pass it on to younger people via story telling, songs, dance, music, ceremonies and food gathering expeditions. These lessons have continued for thousands of generations.

Some paintings are especially important as they are believed to be painted by the First People of the creation era, sometimes called the Dreamtime, who formed the land and all it contains.

These are some of the photo highlights of the walk but you have to see them in person to truly do them justice. As they said in those old Tourism NT ads “You’ll never ever know, if you never ever go”:

Rainbow Bee Eaters - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Ubirr Aboriginal Art Site - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Ubirr Aboriginal Art Site - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

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