NOURLANGIE ROCK (NAWURLANDJA LOOKOUT) IN KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Nourlangie Rock is inside the world heritage listed area of Kakadu National Park. It is one of the best sunset lookouts and also you can find the Nourlangie Rock art sites along your walk. It is one of the most beautiful viewpoints within the National Park and an awesome spot for both sunrise and sunset as I experienced.
HOW TO GET TO NOURLANGIE ROCK
Nourlangie Rock is in Kakadu National park, which is 253 kilometers east of Darwin. Sealed roads will take you all the way into Kakadu National park and you should allow 2-3 hours to reach the park from Darwin.
From the highway, you will need to take the turn off, which is 19 kilometers south of Bowali Visitor Center and then continue on this road for 12 kilometers.
Nourlangie Rock is then a short walk up the escarpment. Along the way, you will pas several rock art sites, which hold significant historical and cultural importance.
NOURLANGIE ROCK ART SITES
There are over 5,000 Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park and there are some spectacular examples at Nourlangie Rock Area that depict the lightning dreaming. We visited several throughout our visit to Nourlangie Rock and the surrounding area and enjoyed reading the explanation of the story and the images.
NOURLANGIE ROCK LOOKOUT WALK
We visited Nourlangie Rock twice. Once we visited during sunset and then we decided to come early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Both were immensely beautiful and the peaceful, quiet atmosphere in this area really gave you time to take it all in and appreciate the history, culture, and landscape of where you were sitting.
The walk up to the viewpoint from the parking lot takes about ten minutes and is mildly steep. Most tourists will be more than capable of this short walk. At the top, you have sweeping views of the Burrungkuy region. The scenes from the top are what Kakadu is all about for me. That vastness and almost prehistoric feeling hit you hard. It’s amazing to sit up here and think that the local culture is still alive after 65,000 years. Australia, as we know, has been formed for less than 200 years to put that into perspective.
These are the photos from our sunrise and sunset at Nourlangie Rock lookout: