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Normanby Station Aboriginal Rock Art
Half Day 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.
(4-14 years old)
Family 2 Adults + 2 Children $482.00
1 to 12 Passengers $1890.00
7.30am – 12.30pm
- Exclusive access to rock art galleries
- Interpretive walk / storytelling
- Guided by Aboriginal Traditional Owners
- Return accommodation transfers, Cooktown
Approx. 5 kilometres of walking over uneven ground.
What to Bring
- Suitable walking shoes
- Water bottle
Quote tour code BWRAE
*Please note that this experience requires 5 kilometres of walking on uneven ground.
A truly memorable experience
In August 2022 with “Pando” I was fortunate to enjoy a special trip. I was the only person on this day, but the tour proceeded. I learnt so much about the awe inspiring landscape, vegetation and cultural heritage. The rock art was spectacular and I was informed about their significance. I felt privileged to experience this special place and encourage others to do so.
Truly a “cultural connect”
Dylan was fantastic! Not only friendly, informative and knowledgeable but open and authentic too!
This was a wonderful overall experience. The rock are was superlative but his personal insights into Australia’s history from an indigenous perspective were second to none!
Culture and respect
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!
Awesome Morning Tour
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!!
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
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