Featured image: Quinkan rock art paintings are recognised by UNESCO as some of the most significant in the world. Photo: Jarramali Rock Art Tours
Ever wanted to see a 20,000-year-old rock art painting up close? Then add Jarramali Rock Art Tours to your 2021 shortlist (we just did).
Under the charismatic guidance of Traditional Owner Johnny Murison, this is an authentic outback adventure with exclusive access to an ancient Quinkan rock art gallery. ‘Tag along’ in your own 4WD or enjoy a memorable 5.5-hour transfer into Kuki Yalanji country from Cairns or Port Douglas. This is rugged, untouched Australian wilderness. No mobile phone coverage but plenty of ways to connect with the country around you.
Refresh at the Jarramali Bush Camp, poised on a dramatic escarpment and overlooking a eucalypt-filled gorge, before heading to the Magnificent Gallery where you can zoom in on around 450 Quinkan works, some estimated to be 20,000 years old. Along the way you’ll delve deeper into the history of the Kuku-yalanji people, sample native bush tucker, and immerse yourself in the magnificent landscape.
You can experience the site via a helicopter day tour, but we can’t go past the chance to enjoy a camp oven roast dinner to the sounds of the didgeridoo and a stellar night of outback stargazing.
Couples will love: the powerful yet warmly accessible cultural experience – and a dip in that spring-fed rock pool.
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