For the adventurer, the best way to explore the Northern Territory is by road. Begin in the lively city of Darwin, and venture to the sacred Injalak Hill in Arnhem Land to experience its ancient rock art galleries. We’ve put together the ultimate guide, so pack your bags and set off on the road less travelled.
Why Injalak Arts?
If you want to feel cultural and spiritual significance during your trip to the NT, experience the Injalak Rock Art Tour. These breathtaking ancient rock galleries are anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 years old and are an integral part of Aboriginal culture. Join a tour by local guides and hear fascinating stories about the incredible paintings.
Local’s tip: Some guests may need to provide transport for their guide from Injalak Arts to Injalak Hill, as Injalak isn’t registered for tourism vehicles. However, this will be confirmed when you book.
Getting to Gunbalanya
To experience the Injalak Rock Art Tour, you’ll need to head to Gunbalanya – an Aboriginal community town that’s a four hour drive from Darwin. To break up the journey, we recommend travelling through the Kakadu National Park and stopping in Jabiru. Jabiru is a tropical town with attractions and amenities close by. It’s the ideal spot to use as a base when exploring the surrounding natural beauty.
Local’s tip: When travelling by road to Gunbalanya, you will have to cross a river which is seasonal and may be affected by the tides. Always check the tide times prior to setting off on your journey.
Getting a permit
In order to visit Gunbalanya and partake on the Injalak Rock Art Tour, you must apply for a permit. Permits can be arranged in advance through the Northern Land Council and you can apply for your permit in either Darwin or Jabiru.
If you don't want to organise a permit, you can book an all inclusive day tour.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for somewhere unique to stay, consider the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel. Indigenous owned, the hotel is in the shape of the Kakadu’s most famed inhabitant, the crocodile. After a day full of touring, take a dip in the pool (or the heart of the croc), peruse the hotel’s Aboriginal art gallery or try bush tucker at Escarpment restaurant and bar.
If you want a hideaway to escape to after a long day of exploring, book an architecturally-designed self-contained cottage at the Anbinik Kakadu Resort nestled amongst tropical flora and fauna. There’s a range of accommodation options for different budgets including rooms, cabins, suites and bungalows.
Extending your trip? If you’re travelling a little further into Kakadu, stay at Cooinda Lodge. We recommend tucking into the ‘Taste of Kakadu’ platter at the Barra Bar & Bistro. Feast on Aussie favourites including crocodile, barramundi, buffalo and kangaroo.