The Burrup Peninsula, located in Murujuga National Park, is a small landmass with a large range of habitats, a diverse array of wildflowers and wildife, and an ancient outdoor art gallery. It is situated about five kilometres north-east of the town of Dampier.
The Burrup Peninsula is one of the most prolific indigenous art sites in the world. It is believed that Aboriginal occupation of the Pilbara dates back more than 40,000 years.
The Yaburarra people, who once inhabited the peninsula and the adjacent islands of the Dampier Archipelago, left a rich cultural heritage. The Burrup contains one of the most prolific sites for prehistoric rock art in the world.
Thirty per cent of all plants and animals that occur in the Pilbara are found on the peninsula - an amazing statistic for a relatively small area. At least 23 plant species found here either have restricted distribution or are poorly known. Plants such as the native fig are more typical of the wetter Kimbeley region, but here they grow in humid, fire-protected pockets ad creek beds. Mammals include the northern quoll, Rothschild's rock-wallaby, echidna, euro, common rock rat and delicate mouse. Shady valleys contain temporary pools, and provide interesting wildlife homes. The Pilbara olive python lives amongst the rock piles, and evidence of rock-wallabies can be seen beneath overhanging rocks, where they frequently shelter from the heat.
The Burrup Peninsula will allow you to explore and view the many different petroglyphs, some thought to be estimated around 20,000 years old. Keep to the pathways and if wanting to view this amazing art up close, please walk around it, rather than on it. For more detailed information see Karratha Visitor Centre's website.