Burrup Peninsula, Pilbara
Imagine wandering through an outdoor gallery filled with up to a million pieces of priceless Australian art! Murujuga National Park’s Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago showcases what is thought to be the highest concentration of rock engravings of any known site in the world.
With Aboriginal people living there for more than 50,000 years the engravings, have been estimated to be as old as 37,000 years. The petroglyphs are diverse depicting a record of what was meaningful to the Aboriginal people of the Pilbara and beyond. From human figures and birds, to marine life and extinct creatures the art provides an insight into an ancient world. Deep Gorge situated on the Burrup Peninsula is a popular site for those wanting to see these traditional engravings.
The heritage listed rock art is sacred for Aboriginal people and its traditional custodians the Ngarluma-Yindjibarndi, the Yaburara-Mardudhunera and the Woon-goo-tt-oo.
How to get there:
The Burrup Peninsula is situated about five kilometres north-east of the town of Dampier. When visiting the peninsula please take note of the signage which asks visitors not to climb onto the rocks and to abstain from taking photographs of humanoid rock art figures due to cultural restrictions.
Take a guided tour with Clinton through the Murujuga National Park, which has the highest concentration of rock art in the world and rediscover the petroglyphs (rock art) created by the Yaburrara (Northern Ngarluma) people. More information and bookings.
North West Shelf Visitor Centre
Includes interactive displays that invite you to look, touch, feel and listen as you learn. Overlooking the Karratha Gas Plant, the visitors centre is situated on the Burrup Peninsula Road about 20km from Karratha. More information.