Ubirr Region in Kakadu National Park
Northern Territory Australia
What To See And Do At Ubirr Rock
World Heritage listed area with extensive Kakadu
birdlife, Aboriginal art galleries, rugged escarpment,
even the elusive rock wallaby.
Access To Ubirr 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.
How To Get To Ubirr Rock
Turn north off the Arnhem Highway 1km
west of the Kakadu Highway intersection and travel a
further 39km. 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. Ubirr is 39 kilometres from Jabiru which is
Kakadu National Parks main town, and is not always accessible
during the wet season.
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
Where Is Ubirr Rock
Ubirr Rock is located in the North-East section of
Kakadu.This region is situated on the borderline of
3 differnt habitats and is extremely rich in wildlife.
It is also an area that is extremely rich in Aboriginal
Rock art with some sites possibly dating back tens of
thousands of years. The artsites in this area are magnificent
and are probably some of the most detailed paintings
that you will see on your tour in Kakadu.
During the Tropical Summer season of Novemeber to
march you may experience the road to Ubirr closed. This
is because there are waterways usually dry from May to
October that sit across the road Ubirr in Kakadu National
Park. See the sign on the right. We drove down in late
September when these photo's were taken and it was as
you say 'dry as a bone'. The drive was very scenic with
jagged ancient rock escarpments on the right towering
over our 4WD and on the left low lying floodplains with
numerous flocks of birds. The drive from the Arhnem Highway
turn took about an hour as we tended to drive rather slow
and stop numerous times for photo shoots. The biggest
surprise was before Ubirr is Border
Store and Cahill
Crossing both great spots to investergate. Oh we heard
from the Border
Store folks a budget backpackers is to be built their
early next year but no details yet.
Blog: The one thing I keep finding
as a pleasurable experience is something so simple you
don't notice. That's the signage. You would think in
a national Park the size of Kakadu you would be paranoid
of getting lost. Everywhere we went their clear precise
signage in natural colours to belnd into the beackground
of the landscape.I really must take my hat off to the
National Parks Commission of Northern Territory.
Walking - The first
section to the top of Ubirr and the Aboriginal Art
sites along the way.A one kilometre circular at Ubirr,
will let you view incredible Aboriginal rock art sites
along the way. Here we show the beginning of the walk
from the carpark to the first rock art site, we found
it a very easy stroll.
Sandstone and River Bushwalk
This walk is in the Ubirr area and starts at the Bardedjildji
walk. The whole walk is 6.5 kilometres and features
fantastic views of Cat Fish Creek, the East Alligator
River and Kakadu's floodplains, billabongs and sandstone
rock formations. Allow four hours.
The Section Towards The End Of The Walk To Reach
The Lookout At Ubirr
You can go further and embark
on the 250 metre moderately steep climb to the top of
of a rocky lookout area of Ubirr rock. Here you will
be gaze ove rthe wilderness landscape surrounds of over
the Nardab floodplain. Allow at least 1 hour for this
A lot of folks ask us how hard it is to climb to the
top. The best thing is to look at these pictures. Note
the 'Yellow Triangle' markers embedded into the rock
to guide you.
When To Visit Ubirr In Kakadu National Park
Opening times: 08.30am until sunset, April 1 till
Opening times: Also from 14.00pm until sunset December
1 to March 31
(Last update we had)
Ubirr Rock Art
What we like at Ubirr is the easy to reach rock art
sites. We have shown only general area photo's here
of the rock art on purpose. We feel you really need
to see it clearly when your there. There some images
that will amaze you of what they are.
Talks At Ubirr Rock
During the dry season, rangers provide informative
talks about Aboriginal art and culture several times
Important Note: The Traditional Owners of Kakadu
National Park in Northern Territory Australia request
that you don't drink alcohol at Ubirr.
Blog: You know what we found great. When we
got out of our car their was an Aboriginal National
Park Ranger walking around and he was ever so helpful.
He even walked with us some of the way and told us
about the rock wallabies peaking out of the rock formations
a few 100 metres up the path.
Then later we met a lady National Park Ranger who
stopped to offer us advice. It was so refreshing to
have those folks there. I am not sure when they are
there but if you lucky enough to meet them they have
a wealth of knowledge to share with you.
The signs - again signs at all the stragic places
advising us when the next talk was and what talk wa
sto be held. Fantastic for those selfdrive folks.
You can see for yourself from some of the photo's
I took here.
Kakadu National Park
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
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
Blog: Oh the most important thing
to remember is there is a public phone at Border
Store (East Alligator) - At Boderstore there is
also a great seating area out the front of the shop
and really nice folks serving.
The must is the toitlet across the road
near the ppublic phone. Careful it's the famous 'Drop
Toilet'. If you don't know what that is then i will
leave it up to your imagination - it's self explanatory.
Accross the road from borderstore is
Crossing -actually a stroll thru a track of about
300m to the crossing.
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.
Seasons - Gunumeleng Pre-Monsoon Storm Season - Gunumeleng,
from mid-October to late December, may in fact last from a
few weeks to several months.
Seasons - Gudjewg - Monsoon Season - Gudjewg, from January
to March, can be described as the 'true' wet season.
Seasons - Banggereng - Knock 'em down storm Season - Banggerreng,
in April, is the season when the rain clouds have dispersed
and clear skies prevail.
Seasons - Yegge - Cooler but still humid Season - Yegge,
from May to mid-June, is relatively cool with low humidity.
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.
Seasons - Gurrung - Hot Dry Weather - Gurrung, from mid-August
to mid-October, is hot and dry.
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