All the academics agree that Kakadu holds one of the world’s greatest concentrations of rock art; approximately 5000 sites have been recorded, a further 10,000 are thought to exist and these are just a sliver of the total body of art on the Arnhem Land Plateau.
The paintings, estimated to range in age from 20,000 years (and probably a lot older) to the recent past, constitute one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world – one of the reasons that Kakadu is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With paintings up to 20,000 years old, this is one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world.
For more information download the Kakadu rock art fact sheet.
Rock art, including painting and engraving or carving, can be found at sites throughout Australia.
Rock paintings appear on caves in the Kimberley region of Western Australia known as Bradshaws.
The late Albert Bundamarra said in 2012 the project had provided the opportunity for his family and other community members to reconnect with country and had given young people, like his son, Albert Jnr.WA is home to what researchers argue could be the “the world’s earliest rock art” dating back to the last ice age in WA's Kimberley.A yam-like motif discovery in the Kimberley Region.At Nourlangie there is a terrific depiction of the Lightning Man Creation Ancestor Namarrgon, as well as his wife Barrginij and their children, the Alyurr (Leichhardt’s grasshoppers).Nanguluwur offers hand stencils, dynamic figures in large head-dresses carrying spears and boomerangs, a two-masted sailing ship and figures such as Alkajko, a female spirit with horns and four arms.