Important COVID-19 update – Visitor restrictions
In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in the Northern Territory, Kakadu National Park will close the Bowali Visitor Centre and the information centre at the Mary River Ranger Station until further notice.
COVID-19 safety measures remain in place at Kakadu National Park. The Northern Territory Government has implemented a number of health directions to keep the community safe. It is important to comply with the current travel restrictions and to use the Territory Check-In app to register at visitor sites and campgrounds in Kakadu.
For Kakadu’s local Bininj/Mungguy, art is an expression of cultural identity and connection to country.
Traditional paintings with ochres are now commonly done on canvas – a more sustainable practice than on bark. Didgeridoos, clap sticks, carvings and hunting tools are made from different bush timbers. The women of Kakadu have a long tradition of collecting plant fibres and bush dyes which are woven into ornaments such as baskets, mats and jewellery pieces.
Visitors can enjoy and buy these arts, crafts and artefacts made in Kakadu and neighbouring Arnhem Land from Marrawuddi Gallery in Jabiru and Injalak Arts in Arnhem Land.
The Marrawuddi Gallery in Jabiru promotes Aboriginal fine art by artists from Kakadu and the wider region. There is a great selection of books, along with a boutique range of bags, clothes and souvenirs to take home as a gift or memento from your time in Kakadu.
Monday to Friday: 8 am – 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8 am – 2 pm
At the art centre in Gunbalanya you’ll find artists and weavers working on the covered verandahs on either side of the building. Injalak Arts has around 200 active members – from Gunbalanya and surrounding outstations.
Explore the art centre and allow a local guide to take you on a tour of the rock art galleries at Injalak Hill.
Injalak Arts is an outstanding example of a community organisation that is 100% Aboriginal owned and delivers positive social, economic and cultural outcomes for its members.
The Northern Land Council is not issuing recreational permits to visit communities in Arnhem Land this year, however you can book tours of rock art sites in Arnhem Land at this website.
Injalak Arts now has an online shop! All items offered for sale are made in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) and the homelands, and all arts and crafts sold through this store will include a Certificate of Authenticity. Browse their selection here.
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