Australia - Aboriginal Rock Art
Australia’s first human inhabitants arrived at least 50,000 years ago. For millennia, they lived an essentially unchanging and nomadic lifestyle - at one with the land and vast landscapes that surrounded them. They had few possessions, built no permanent monuments or settlements, but had a rich and detailed knowledge of their land, which was handed down through generations.
Encounter these ancient people through their art, which can be found everywhere, from remote Arnhem Land and Uluru, to the Outback. This is a privileged and fascinating introduction, tracing the myths, history and beliefs of one of the world’s oldest peoples.
- A truly remarkable journey: a window on a hunter-gatherer culture which survived for more than 50,000 years
- Spend two days in Kakadu National Park, a biodiverse nature reserve
- Stay at Max Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge in Mount Borradaile, the largest Aboriginal reserve in Australia
- Stand before awe-inspiring examples of ancient rock art
- Rock Art
- Small Group
Today we depart the UK from London’s Heathrow Airport and head to Singapore.
Upon arrival in Singapore, we change planes in Singapore and continue on our journey through to Sydney.
We make our arrival into the city of Sydney in the morning and transfer to our hotel, where we freshen up and enjoy some free time. The afternoon will be available for us to spend either at leisure or at the fantastic Taronga Zoo, which we can visit with our tour staff. Here, we can see komodo dragons, gorillas and animals that are endemic to Australia, such as kangaroos and koalas. Around 340 species are kept here at this zoo.
This morning, we drive to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to admire its impressive engravings. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Sydney Tower and our afternoon can be spent exploring exhibits at the city’s Australian Museum.
Flying from Sydney to Uluru, we arrive and eat lunch at Gecko Café. Later, we take a walking tour of the Kata Tjuta Gorge, home to a red rock formation thought to be around 500 million years old. A stunning sunset view over Uluru awaits tonight.
This morning, we depart from our hotel early to watch the sunrise from a special viewing point. We also enjoy a walking tour at Uluru before driving to Curtin Springs for lunch. After, we make the journey to Alice Springs, stopping on the way.
Today, we pay visits to both Jessie and Emily Gap, sites that are home to Aboriginal rock art as well as wonderful wildlife. While we’re here, we will also take a walking tour of the Alice Springs Desert Park. Later, we will enjoy dinner together.
The first part of our day will see us enjoying some free time, with which we can further explore Alice Springs. Later, we drive to the train station and catch the overnight Ghan Train, thought of as one of the greatest rail journeys, to Katherine.
Continuing our journey through the countryside of the Northern Territory as we continue North. We arrive into Darwin late afternoon and then transfer to our hotel in the city and enjoy dinner and perhaps some exploration of Darwin.
We take a tour of Kakadu National Park today and visit the Warrandjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Take a Yellow Water cruise through wetlands and see Nourlangie rock paintings.
This morning, we visit the Escarpment at Kakadu and tour the Ubirr rock art sites as well as the Cultural Centre near to Jabiru. After a stop for lunch, we take a charter flight to our next hotel - Davidson’s Lodge. Off the beaten track and accessible by plane only, this is an exciting place to be able to call home for a few nights. Solar power provides the energy for modern conveniences and being so far from this allows us to truly immerse ourselves in the incredible nature that we find surrounding us.
Today, we spend a full day at Mount Borradaile, visiting its many fantastic rock art sites. Depictions found here include a stingray and Tasmanian Devil, and each piece we see tells a unique and authentic story.
Take a charter flight to Darwin and, upon arrival, we enjoy lunch in the city. The remainder of our day will be spent exploring the museum’s collections before flying to Sydney.
A free morning in Sydney awaits before we return to the airport and catch our flight to London.
We arrive back in the UK.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - Most meals included
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
- Field Notes