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Nourlangie Rock in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory Australia
Fantastic easy to find directions to Nourlangie Rock carpark

Where Is Nourlangie Rock

Turn off the kakadu Highway 19km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre and travel a further 12 km. Nourlangie Rock: a 1.5km circular walk will take you past an ancient Aboriginal shelter and several outstanding art sites. For the adventurous, there is also a moderately steep climb to Gunwarddehwardde lookout, which provides impressive views of Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock. Open all year round, entry is free. Continuing on from the Nourlangie car park, the road provides access to several interesting walks and Aboriginal art areas including Anbangbang Billabong, the Nanguluwur art site, and Gubara Pools.

Plenty of parking for all size vehicles at the Nourlangie Rock carpark

How Get To Nourlangie Rock

Kakadu National Park an Australian Natural Icon covers almost 20,000 square kms and is 253 kms East of Darwin the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia.

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage listed, Kakadu National Park is the gateway to Arnhemland. The sealed roads from Darwin to Kakadu is via the Arnhem Highway and from Katherine to Kakadu National Park via the Kakadu Highway. The Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru in Kakadu National Park is located 253 km from Darwin in Northern Territory Australia via the Arnhem Highway entrance. If travelling by road, you should allow 3 hours travelling time from Darwin.

Toilets at the Nourlangie Rock carpark
Nourlangie rest Area near the carpark
Surrounding scenery at the Nourlangie Rock carpark

Access To Nourlangie Rock

Over 5,000 recorded and identified Aboriginal art sites, Kakadu contains an uniqueartistical living cultural landscape of Aboriginal art. Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock are two of the most pristine public sites that feature Aboriginal Cultural Rock Art and previous dwelling shelters.

The dry season which is approximatley which is classed generally as May - October each year. Though in current year the wet has not set in till late December or January and then finishes mid April.

Clearly defined tracks from the carpark at Nourlangie Rock

Walking:

A 1.5km circular walk takes you past an ancient Aboriginal shelter and several outstanding art sites. A moderately steep climb to Gunwarddehwardde lookout provides impressive views of Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock.

If you have more time

Anbangbang (Arn-barng-barng) Billabong (Check wet season access)
Where: After leaving the Nourlangie carpark, take the first road to the left.
Features: Several picnic tables and a 2.5km dry season circular walk. With Nourlangie Rock forming an impressive backdrop, this is one of Kakadu's most attractive billabongs. Allow 1 hour.
Notes: Anbangbang Billabong walk (dry season only) Distance: 2.5 km Time: 1 hour return Grade: Easy Start: Nawurlandja parking area or Anbangbang Billabong parking area Follow the yellow-tipped posts around Anbangbang Billabong to see lilies, waterbirds and stunning views of Burrunggui (Nourlangie Rock).

Nawurlandja (Now-oo-larn-ja) Lookout walk
Where:
After leaving Nourlangie carpark, take the second road to the left.
Features: A 600m climb up a moderately steep slope offers good views of the escarpment and Anbangbang Billabong. Allow 40 minutes.

Nanguluwur (Narng-oo-loo-war) art site walk
Where:
After leaving the Nourlangie carpark, take the first road to the right.
Features: An easy 3.4km return walk through woodlands leads to a quiet art site with some interesting Aboriginal rock art. Allow 2 hours.

Gubara (Goo-bar-rar) Pools walk (check wet season access)
Where:
After leaving the Nourlangie carpark, take the first road to the right and travel a further 9km.
Features: A 6km return walk past sandstone cliffs to shady monsoon forest pools. A pleasant place to spend the heat of the day. Allow 4 hours.

Bubba (Boop-bar) walk (dry season only)
Where:
Starts at the entrance of the Muirella Park Camping Area.
Features: A 3.5km circular walk through several wetland habitats. Allow 2 hours.

Mirrai (Mirr-eye) Lookout walk
Where:
Turn south-east off the kakadu Highway 30km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre.
Features: A moderately difficult 3.6km return walk to a platform lookout on top of Mount Cahill. It is a steep climb. Allow 1.5 hours.

Sanstone platea Nawurlandja is a sandstone outlier with species typical of stone country. This habitat is home to endemic species, like the chestnut-quilled rock-pigeon and the elusive short-eared rock wallaby. Resurrection grass (Micraira sp) grows in hollows where soil collects. This plant appears dead in the dry season, but comes to life at the start of the wet season, forming a thick green mat. The sandstone pandanus (Pandanus basedowii) has distinctive prop roots and a growth habit quite different to the two lowland pandanus species. Figs (Ficus spp.) send their roots spreading all over the rocks as they seek moisture and provide support. During the wet season, the stone country provided Bininj with shelter and painting sites. Bininj also hunt and gather stone country foods when the lowlands are flooded. Bush currants (Buchanania arborescens), rock and sandpaper figs (Ficus spp.) are collected and eaten along with nectar from Dryander’s grevillea (Grevillea dryandri).

Well maintained tracks to the end at Nourlangie Rock in Kakadu Kational Park Northern Territory Australia
Some of the uneven track from the carpark at Nourlangie Rock more towards the end of the track
Gunwarddehwardde  Lookout sign
Saftey chains - The end of the track at the top of Nourlangie Rock - Incredible views

What To See And Do At Nourlangie Rock

World Heritage listed area with extensive Kakadu birdlife, Aboriginal art galleries, rugged escarpment.

Burrunggui (Nourlangie Rock) - Enjoy the 1.5km loop track, taking in rock art and views of Lightning Dreaming from the lookout. Much of this area is wheelchair accessible.

Nourlangie Rock sign- opening hours

When To Visit

Opening times: 08.30am until sunset, April 1 till November 30.

Opening times:
Also from 14.00pm until sunset December 1 to March 31

Check with Bowali Visitors Centre for up to date information

 

The aboriginal art site at Nourlangie Rock -This photo is offered only as promotion of living Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal Tourism in Australia

Talks At Nourlangie Rock

During the dry season, rangers provide informative talks about Aboriginal art and culture several times a day.

Talks: During the dry season, rangers provide informative talks about Aboriginal art and culture several times a day

Talks At Nourlangie Rock

During the dry season, rangers provide informative talks about Aboriginal art and culture several times a day.

Talks: During the dry season, rangers provide informative talks about Aboriginal art and culture several times a day

Where to stay

Muirella Park Camping Area (check wet season access)
Access to showers, toilets and a generator is available. Camping fees (adults only) are collected on site during the dry season. Please pay at the Bowali Visitor Centre during the wet season.

Bush Camping Area (Dry season only, 4WD recommended)
A free camping area with composting toilet is available beyond Muirella Park at Sandy Billabong. Drinking water is not available

Protect Your Reserve
• All native plants and animals in the Reserve are protected.
• Guns and traps are prohibited.
• Areas of this Reserve do not allow pets, however exercise areas are set aside for dogs and horses.
• Signs throughout the Reserve explain these conditions.
• Please observe these regulations.
• Take care with fire - light fires only in the fire places provided.
• Please dispose of litter properly.
• Vehicles must remain on formed roads - off road is only by foot.
• Safety Note: Saltwater (estuarine) crocodiles occur in billabongs and at the sea; for your safety do not enter the water.
• See the Visitor Safety page for more information.

Kakadu National Park - Seasons

But Australia's Kakadu sees seasons of varied extremes -- so varied, in fact, that the park's longtime aboriginal inhabitants have divided the year into six distinct seasons.
• Kakadu Seasons - Gunumeleng Pre-Monsoon Storm Season - Gunumeleng, from mid-October to late December, may in fact last from a few weeks to several months.
• Kakadu Seasons - Gudjewg - Monsoon Season - Gudjewg, from January to March, can be described as the 'true' wet season.
• Kakadu Seasons - Banggereng - Knock 'em down storm Season - Banggerreng, in April, is the season when the rain clouds have dispersed and clear skies prevail.
• Kakadu Seasons - Yegge - Cooler but still humid Season - Yegge, from May to mid-June, is relatively cool with low humidity.
• Kakadu Seasons - Wurrgeng - Cold Weather Season - Wurrgeng, from mid-June to mid-August, is the 'cold weather' time; humidity is low, daytime temperatures are around 30°C and night-time temperatures are around 17°C.
• Kakadu Seasons - Gurrung - Hot Dry Weather - Gurrung, from mid-August to mid-October, is hot and dry.

Resources
• www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/
• www.environment.gov.au/parks/
• www.facebook.com/RoadReportNT
• www.roadreport.nt.gov.au/
• www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/
• www.toiletmap.gov.au/
• www.travelnt.com/
• http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/

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