Experience art the local way. Tour outdoor rock art galleries and head out to remote community art centres. Arnhem Land and Kakadu are rich in artistic experiences that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Painted in the rock
Your jaw will drop at the rich collection of Aboriginal rock art sites in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Take a walk through the rock galleries at Nourlangie, Naguluwur and Ubirr and witness unique and distinctive paintings that tell of a rich spiritual tradition. The stunning x-ray style of painting particular to this area shows the shapes of animals and their internal organs in meticulous detail, and highlights the relationship of the people to the land and their beliefs. Join a free talk by park rangers during the Dry season to learn more about this spectacular ancient artistry.
Visit arts centres within Kakadu and throughout Arnhem Land to view stunning examples of traditional painting, sculptures, prints and crafts. Watch local artists at work and browse exhibits for a deeper understanding into this ancient practice. Head to indigenous, community-owned galleries such as Marrawuddi Gallery, Injalak Arts and Crafts, Maningrida Arts and Culture, and Elcho Island Art and Craft, and purchase a special piece to take home with you. Many artists and works have featured in collections internationally as well as around Australia.
Taking a guided tour is a great way to visit community galleries on Aboriginal land, or you can head out on your own. Be sure to contact centres in advance and obtain any necessary permits. Keep in mind that some rock art sites may be closed during the Wet season.