Murujuga Rock Art & Cultural Experience
Tours start at 8am in the car park of Nganjarli (previously known as Deep Gorge)
in the Murujuga National Park.
You will have to drive yourself to the national park. Allow 30 minutes from Karratha.
We will be walking through the park to access the significant rock art and you will take part in a Welcome to Country with a traditional calling out to the ancestors.
Your guide will explain the uses of the local plants, bush tucker and bush medicine and how the animals and plants play a large part in daily life. See and feel the different rock tools used. Hear the creation stories and how the rock carvings were made and stories describing their significance.
The tour will run for up to 1.5hours, walking outside on newly constructed footpaths and ramps, so be sure to wear suitable shoes, a hat, suncream and bring some water. Disabled access is available throughout the duration of the tour.
There is plenty of time to ask questions and learn more about the culture and history of the rock art and aboriginal heritage throughout the tour.
The tour will conclude back at the car park at 9.30am.
About our guides
The Traditional Owner groups of the Burrup Peninsula and surrounding areas are pleased to showcase their culture and extensive Rock Art petroglyphs. Murujuga Rangers will give you the opportunity to experience not just the ancient rock carvings but also their stories and explain how they lived in harmony with the land through their bush tucker and medicine interpretation.
Your tour guides will ensure that your Murujuga Rock Art and Cultural Experience will provide you with accurate and culturally appropriate information, developed under the guidance of the Circle of Elders. The guides will also explain the Galharra, their kinship system, how it not only governs their family relationships but gives them a connection to the country.
This 90-minute tour will provide an insight into an ancient culture and greatly enhance your Murujuga National Park Experience. With the World Heritage nomination process underway, this site is not just of national but international significance. The guidance and knowledge of the Rangers will ensure that you really appreciate the Nganjarli
Petroglyphs and understand their connection to culture.
Murujuga National Park covers an area of 5,134 ha and is located on the Burrup Peninsula near Dampier. The area is considered to host the largest concentration of ancient rock art in the world, dating back more than 50,000 years. The word Murujuga meaning ‘hipbone sticking out’, referring to the peninsula’s alignment on the Pilbara coast.
The Murujuga National Park is the 100th park in WA. It is here you find the famed petroglyphs or ancient rock art of cultural significance to the people of Murujuga and experts alike. It commands the attention of researchers and archaeologists.
Important things to remember
If you are planning to visit Murujuga, please take time to understand our cultural safety protocols first. Some general rules for cultural safety on Murujuga are listed below - other protocols are dependent on the commercial, research or other activities undertaken. Please ask our Rangers or contact MAC to find out more if you have another questions before visiting Murujuga.
DO NOT remove anything from the country, including stones, shells, artefacts or any other items, as this bring bad luck, sickness or tragedy.
DO NOT climb onto rocks or pass into sacred areas.
DO NOT photograph or share images of rock art depicting faces or humanoid figures.
RESPECT our protocols about gender specific sites (women or men-only places).
DO NOT destroy Aboriginal sites. It is illegal and penalties apply including fines and imprisonment.
DO NOT conduct earthworks without the express permission from Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) and the Murujuga Circle of Elders.
Further information on cultural safety can be found in the publication: Murujuga Cultural Management Plan: Ngaayintharri Gumawarni Ngurrangga, available at MAC.
Tours take place Tuesdays and Thursdays
starting at 8am
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $185
Tour Duration - 1.5hours
Meet at the car park at Nganjarli in the Murujuga National Park.
Entrance to National Park is on the Hearsons Cove Road, Burrup Peninsula.
Cultural Awareness Training takes place on Wednesdays only.