When heading off on tours in the Kimberley, one of the most impressive features of the region is the array of ancient rock art on display. The rock art of the Kimberley is some of the world’s oldest and every visitor should take the opportunity to visit some of the sites which feature this unique art. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Aboriginal rock art of the Kimberley.
Ancient rock art
The Kimberley boasts some of the oldest rock art in the world with evidence that it dates back an incredible 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. At one stage, rock art in the Kimberley was thought to be no older than 10,000 years but extensive research carried out by the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia has indicated that the art is much older than originally thought, even predating ancient rock art in Western Europe. The age of the rock art indicates that the paintings found in the Kimberley are as old as the human settlement of the continent and dates back to the last ice age.
Clues to the past
The rock art of the Kimberley is not only significant due to its age but also for the information it provides about the past, specifically the historical clues as to when Aboriginal people first arrived in Australia. The paintings provide insight into how and when people arrived on the continent, the climate at the time, and their way of life. The history and beauty of the Aboriginal rock art, which is so prevalent in the Kimberley, has attracted visitors from all over the world. The rock art is also significant for the Aboriginal people of the Kimberley region as it provides the opportunity for community members to connect with country and learn old traditions.
Visiting Aboriginal rock art
Due to the remote location of many of the rock art sites, the best way to visit is by boat so you can more easily access difficult spots. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to viewing Kimberley rock art and sites are located on the Roe River, Drysdale River, Mitchell Falls, Doubtful Bay and Vansittart Bay to name only a few. If you’re interested in looking at Aboriginal rock art, make sure you’re shown around by someone who knows the area so you don’t miss out on the hidden treasures of the Kimberley. If you’re looking for Kimberley adventure tours, speak with the experienced team at Ocean Dream Charters. Join us aboard our luxury 80-foot twin hull catamaran as you explore the wild and beautiful Kimberley region. Our vessel is also available for customised private charter. Let us take care of everything while you sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning Kimberley. For once in a lifetime Kimberley tours Australia, contact Ocean Dream Charters today on 1300 944 727.