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Day 19 - Australia 2014 - Visit of the Nourlangie Rocks and Art Site and the Ubirr Rocks again

After a self-made breakfast in the Kakadu Lodge around 8:30 o'clock I was thinking what i should o during the day. I knew that I should postpone my activities in the morning, because in the late afternoon the temperature will reach around 37 degrees and its to hot to do anything. Thats why I planned for the afternoon to rest at the pool of the lodge. So I decided to go to the Nourlangie Rocks and Art Site which were located in a southern direction and around 11 km far away. I got a first look on the Nourlangie Rocks from the Nawurlandja plateau.

View to the Nourlangie rocks from Nawurlandja

It was only 10 o'clock but the sun was burning really hot on my skin. And the air was humid too. I had the feeling that i could see the humidity because the air was really foggy. From the rock I hd an amazing lookout across the endless tropical bush land and on the horizon I saw the smoke from a few bushfire.

View to the Nourlangie rocks from Nawurlandja across the bush w

Bushfires are part of the annual cycles in Kakadu. In the dry woodlands and grasslands, controlled burns are carried out in the early dry season to stimulate new plant growth and protect the habitats from more destructive fires. This prescribed burning follows the pattern set by the traditional people of the land who are still consulted regarding annual burns. After the visit of this lookout it was time to get closer to the Nourlangie Rocks and the famous Art Site. The one reason why the Kakadu National Park is world-famous is that it contains a World Heritage - natural site and cultural site. Then in a lot of place you can find aboriginal arts like drawings, paintings and engravings which partially thousands of years old.

Aboriginal art in the Nourlangie Rock Art SiteThe walls of the Nourlangie Rock Art Site, in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, have served as a shelter and canvas for thousands of years.

The paintings provide a fascinating record of Aboriginal life over thousands of years. With paintings up to 20,000 years old, this is one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world. The main rock art galleries are at Ubirr and Nourlangie.

The paintings are often describing creation stories of the land or giving advises of the landscapes for instance where are the next waterholes or what kind of food i.e plants and animals are in this area and have been very important for the survival of the generations of aboriginal people which have been living here for generations and 30.000 of years.

A large kangaroo painted on a wall in the Nourlangie Art SiteThe paintings are a window to a rich spiritual tradition and can be reached by the circular 1.5 kilometre Nourlangie Rock Art Walk.

 As i attended the rock art sited a ranger was explaining the creation story of the Ancestor Namarrgon or the the Lightning Man.

The Creation Ancestor Namarrgon, the Lightning Man on the main (The stories say that Namondjok and Namarrgon took the form of short-eared rock wallabies as they travelled this area, where they cut two crevices in the rock as they passed, these are visible today.

The stories say that Namondjok and Namarrgon took the form of short-eared rock wallabies as they travelled this area, where they cut two crevices in the rock as they passed, these are visible today.

View from tothe Nourlangie Rocks

After this little excursion in the world of the aboriginal people I climbed to the Gunwarddehwardde Lookout, and be rewarded with sweeping views of both Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock. 

View from the top of the Nourlangie RocksBurrunggui (previously called Nourlangie Rock) is located in an outlying formation of the Arnhem Land Escarpment within the Kakadu National Park which is in the Northern Territory of Australia.

After this early but eventful experience I visited the village Jabiru shortly where a small community of aboriginal people have been living. I bought something in the local supermarket and went back to the lodge for a break on the beautiful pool there which was the best i could do in this hot afternoon. Relaxed and refreshed I would like to go to the Ubirr Rocks again.

Because I enjoyed to stay on this beautiful place yesterday evening so much, that I wanted to do it twice. So I took a seat in my car and went through a wonderful landscape of wetlands and brown shaded sandstone cliffs to the Ubirr Rock again.

Sunset from the Ubirr rocks

I enjoyed the breathtaking look out across the green wetlands which were touched in a glooming warm light of the setting sun very much. 

View from the ubirr rocks to the Arnhem Land

For me in of the most beautiful places of the world. 

After Sunsets on the Ubirr Rocks in the Kakadu National Park