The Aboriginal rock art sites of the Nugal-warra are about 40 minutes drive from Cooktown, travelling along the Endeavour Valley. It’s a very beautiful area surrounded by hills – six of which mark the boundaries of the Nugal lands. The road is partly unsealed, but passable except in very bad weather.
We then leave the road and travel on a small track, climbing through woodlands to the area known as Wangaar-Wuri, which is the location of the rock art sites. This is a stunning area with giant rocks, sandstone escarpments and spectacular views. It’s a beautifully peaceful place, and we walk on tracks which have been used by the Nugal people for centuries.
Rainbow Serpent Tour
On this award-winning tour Aboriginal Elder, Willie Gordon, takes you through a dramatic landscape to six rock art sites, including the Rainbow Serpent Cave and an ancestral Birth Site where Willie's grandfather was born. Along the way you’ll learn some of the traditional survival techniques of the Nugal-warra people. The tour includes an estimated 30-minute bush walk. There is a short climb to two of the sites, but generally the terrain is easy.
Rainbow Serpent Tour, ex-Cooktown
(5.5 hours) › Itinerary and Prices
Rainbow Serpent Tour, self-drive
(4 hours) › Itinerary and Prices
Great Emu Tour
This tour with Willie provides a wonderful insight into Aboriginal culture and society with a visit to three rock art sites, including the Great Emu Cave and the Rainbow Serpent Cave. The tour is suitable for most ages: there is a short climb to one of the sites, but overall very little walking is involved.
Great Emu Tour, ex-Cooktown
(3.5 hours) > Itinerary and Prices
Great Emu Tour, self-drive
(2 hours) > Itinerary and Prices
Tours operate daily Monday to Saturday,
1 April to 30 November.
As we limit the party size on every tour, please book in advance to avoid disappointment!