Do not miss Ubirr. It’s one of Kakadu’s most famous stops.
The walk passes several breathtaking Aboriginal art sites and leads up to a stunning lookout over the Nadab floodplain.
Traditionally, people camped beneath Ubirr’s cool rocky shelters and used the plants and animals of the nearby floodplain, and East Alligator River, for food, tools and medicine. The smooth stone surfaces were perfect for painting on.
Much of the art here features fish, turtles, goanna and other important food animals. At the main gallery, a painting of a thylacine (the Tasmanian tiger, which became extinct on the mainland more than two thousand years ago) is a rare treat, and gives an idea to the age of some of the art.
The rock art is considered among the best in the world, with examples of x-ray paintings and contact art - when Indigenous people first encountered Europeans. Stories about behaviour and law are told at the Mabuyu, Narmarrkan Sisters and Rainbow Serpent paintings.
Marvel at the intricate layers of paintings, and come away filled with wonder.
Sunset is a great time to visit. Gaze out over the floodplains, woodlands and dark ribbons of rainforest, and let the spirit and serenity of Kakadu envelop you.
During kudjewg (monsoon season) dramatic storms roll in, and lightning shows strike the skyline.
As the sun sets the birds begin their evening call, the Wilkinsons rock wallaby darts about in the shadows of the escarpment getting ready for the night and the blue-winged kookaburras call out to tell everyone that they are home for the evening, locals call this ‘The call of Kakadu’.
Some of Kakadu’s most important ancestral figures are depicted at Ubirr. If you can, join a ranger-guided tour and learn the fascinating history and stories of this timeless spot. Talks take place all year round and are included in the price of your park pass.
A 1 km circular track takes you past rock art sites. A steep 250 m climb takes you to the top of a rocky lookout that offers 360 degree views of Arnhem Land and the Nadab floodplain. Allow at least an hour - more if you want to sit at the lookout and absorb the views.
Cruise to Ubirr
Ubirr is accessible most of the year - check the Kakadu road report for conditions.
During the tropical summer the road to Ubirr is flooded, but you can still visit as the site can be accessed on the Magela boat cruise. It’s a very special way to get to Ubirr that not many people get the chance to experience, and highly recommended as an unforgettable part of your trip.
Wheelchair access: The main art site area is flat and accessible to wheelchairs
Please note - for cultural reasons, alcohol is not permitted at Ubirr