The caves and ledges of the sandstone outcrops which dot the floodplains of Kakadu National park are known to have provided people with shelter for centuries. Old fireplaces and artwork bear testament to the Aboriginal peoples and early explorers who lived in or passed through the top end of Australia. For example, the story of the rainbow serpent and Namarrkan sisters is drawn on Ubirr rock alongside more recent ‘contact artwork’ which includes a rifle and a white figure. The rock’s main gallery is recognised as containing some of the best preserved aboriginal artwork in Australia. Nowadays, some of the traditional owners continue to reside within the park and they jointly manage it with a government department.
This picture captures the view from Ubirr rock towards the Nadab floodplain which receives water from the East Alligator river every wet season. The tree in the foreground is a paperbark tree and is a common tree species in Kakadu.