COME SEE Ubirr Rock & Lookout, Kakadu. Australia.

COME SEE UBIRR ROCK AND LOOKOUT, KAKADU.

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VIBE
Popular.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
May – September | Sunset
TIME SUGGESTED
45 mins +
WALKING DISTANCE
1km return

THE EXPERIENCE

Ubirr was the first stop on our Kakadu road trip. We read it was an amazing sunset spot, so we knew it was going to be a late afternoon adventure. We packed our hired camper van with enough food for 5 solid days and drove South-East towards Kakadu National Park.

I read a sign that said there were free ranger talks at the different art sites along the 1km circuit that had just began. So I rushed back to tell Zade and we prepared our gear, threw on some sunscreen, grabbed some cold water and off we went. The ranger discussed the geological formation of the area and how the seasons impacted the diets of the local indigenous people. We learnt about how the x-ray styled art evolved to document and communicate the skeletal systems and edible parts of different fish and turtles.

Being a fan of mythology and indigenous cultures I found this talk both intriguing and educational. So if you do plan a trip to Ubirr Rock I would highly recommend you try to visit during the tour times (9.00am-11.00am Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 4.10pm-6.10pm Monday-Thursday).

The next talk was going to take place mid way toward the lookout so Zade and I set off ahead of the group so we could have a look around before it started. The lookout is a 250m rocky incline with some strategically placed stairs and hand rails to guide visitors up in the safest manner possible. The trail is quite defined but once you reach the top you’re free to wander around as you see fit.

We ascended with the intention of listening to the other talks but were wooed by the incredible vista that lay before us. I immediately set up the camera to frame up our first lot of photos as the sun was sitting low in the sky throwing a golden cast upon everything in view. We had to battle two annoying kids climbing the rocks just right of our frame but managed to get a few cute photos before we moved on.

It was safe to say that we weren’t going to catch any more of the talks as we looked around in awe. We continued to walk towards the biggest rock formation that overlooks the entire Nadab plains. But not before another quick little photo pitt stop.

[OF WHICH I HAD TO REMOVE BECAUSE ACCORDING TO THE TOURISM SERVICES OFFICER OF KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, WE ‘BREACHED REGULATION’, SOZ].

The sun had well and truely fallen beneath the horizon at this point but there was still plenty of light in the sky. As the majority of people began walking back towards the carpark, Zade and I kept climbing until we reached the top of the Lookout. We set the tripod and camera up for a final couple of shots before the ranger came up to clear the area.

Ubirr rock closes at sunset and the gates are locked each night. So if you’re like us and are wanting somewhere convenient for the night then head to Merl campground. Merl is just 3km from Ubirr Rock and cost $30 for 2 adults for an un-powered site. We thought this was pretty steep considering it’s an absolute mosquito haven but were not prepared to drive an additional 40km to get to Jabiru where the next closest campsites are located. So be warned don’t leave the comfort of your travelling home until the sun rises, carry 10L of Citronella oil to bathe in or save a little energy to drive onward to Jabiru.



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