Ubirr Rock Art Talks
A home through the ages
Main gallery, 20 minutes
Spend time viewing spectacular rock art with rangers in the main gallery at Ubirr. As they show you the surrounding paintings, reflect on the importance of the shelter as a home and the food that was caught and cooked there.
Learn how the rock art demonstrates how people adapted to environmental change, and the reasons why Aboriginal people created rock art and how the styles, materials and subjects of the art has changed over time.
Creation and kinship
Rainbow Serpent, 20 minutes
The Rainbow Serpent is an important creation ancestor who tells stories of the creation era and the relationships and responsibilities of Aboriginal people in Kakadu. The kinship system is integral to these relationships and responsibilities.
Stories on stone
Namarrkan Sisters, 20 minutes (morning only)
Storytelling is part of traditional Indigenous education, and teaching and learning has taken place at Ubirr for many thousands of years. There are two stories shown at this site, the Fighting Figures and the Namarrkan Sisters.
The Fighting Figures tell a story about traditional law, while children are warned of the dangers of saltwater crocodiles through the story of the Namarrkan Sisters.
People and landscapes
Nadab Lookout, 20 minutes (evening only)
The views of the floodplain show relationships between landscapes and people in Kakadu. There are a variety of different landscapes, habitats and clan groups around this area that can be pointed out from this lookout. Look out at the view and see it from a cultural or scientific point of view.
Learn how the landscape changes through the seasons. In the early dry season this is a great spot to see and learn about managed burns and find out about joint management in Kakadu.
Meet our Kakadu Ranger at the start of the Ubirr walking track.