Pick Up Locations
Cooktown

Departing
Mon, Wed & Fri

Months Operating
April to November

 

Half Day Aboriginal Rock Art Experience

 

Walk amongst sandstone escarpments and tropical savannah with Aboriginal Traditional Owners.
Explore exquisite ancient rock art hidden in the rock shelters which has been home for Balngarrawarra people for thousands of years. Get an insight into the traditional life of Aboriginal people and learn about spirituality, survival and bush tucker.

Departing from Cooktown

 

Normanby Station, located an hours drive from Cooktown is the homelands for the Balngarrawarra people. This area has a rich Aboriginal cultural landscape due to the abundance of food, water and rock shelters.
Join Indigenous traditional owners as they reconnect with their land and their ancestors on an exclusive rock art walk.
Hidden amongst sandstone country and tropical woodlands are rock shelters containing exquisite rock art rarely been seen by outsiders. Discover traditional food and medicine and learn about the colourful history of Normanby Station. Enjoy morning tea and gain an understanding of how the Balngarrawarra continue to keep connected with their homelands.

 

Our grandfather told us the stories of our country.

We like to share these stories to keep them alive.

Dylan Harrigan

Balnggarrawarra Traditional Owner
Price

Tour Adult $159.00 Child $79.00 (4-14 years old) Family 2 Adults + 2 Children $428.00


Private Charter 1 to 6 Passengers $1350.00 7 to 14 Passengers $1950.00

Pick Up & Return

Cooktown
7.30am – 12.30pm

Inclusions

What’s included

  • Interpretive rock art walk
  • Guided by Balngarrawarra traditional owners
  • Exclusive access to cultural sites
  • Small group (maximum 14)
  • Morning tea
  • Return accommodation transfers (Cooktown)
Physical Ratings

Approx. 5 kilometres of walking over uneven ground.

What to Bring

What to Bring

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Suitable walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
Tour Code

Quote tour code BWRAE

 

*Please note that this experience requires 5 kilometres of walking on uneven ground.

 

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Culture and respect

Rated 5 out of 5
October 12, 2020

My husband and I have just done the Half Day Rock Art Experience with Dylan and we were thrilled with the tour. Dylan showed us 5 rock art sites on Normanby Station which is run as a beef producing property by his family. The sites are not open to the general public and must be seen on a guided tour. You would never find them without a knowledgable guide! Three sites can not be photographed because of cultural respect. The other 2 sites can be photographed. All 5 rock art sites are amazing, and Dylan explained the cultural significance of each site as we sat in awe of the paintings. The indigenous culture in the Cooktown area is very much a living culture, not hidden away in museums. I highly recommend this tour if you plan to be in the region!

Helen

Awesome Morning Tour

Rated 5 out of 5
September 28, 2020

I did the half day rock art tour with Cliff and what a beautiful experience. It was an absolute joy to walk on country with someone who’s ancestors have lived there for millenniums. Seeing their backyard come to life with stories of times gone by. The rock art was beautiful and unique and Cliff explained it all from the stories passed down to him. I would highly recommend everyone to connect with culture through Culture Connect. Can’t wait to come back and do the full day tour!!! Compliments to all the family for what an amazing job they’ve done. Keep up the Awesome work!!

Margaret

Fantastic

Rated 5 out of 5
July 17, 2018

A day well spent walking through unspoiled bush and rocky outcrops, with a traditional owner, visiting rock art sites and hearing traditional owners interpretation of them. Hearing stories handed down from generations who have gone before. Dillion was our guide. He retold stories of his people’s past told to him by his Grandfather & Father, and explained the culture of his people and their beliefs. We did the full day tour which included Lunch and a visit to Normanby Station, where we were shown first hand the effects of land erosion and the Ranger project’s to help stop it. Which has a direct impact on the Great Barrier Reef.
Thank you Dillion for an educational day and experience never to forgotten

Stephen

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