Australia - Aboriginal Rock Art

  • Truly remarkable journey: a window on a hunter-gatherer culture which survived for more than 50,000 years.
  • A real adventure – travel by boat, plane, bus and train through very different landscapes in central and ‘top-end’ Australia.
  • Special access to the rock art of Arnhem Land, a living museum of painted rock shelters, only recently abandoned.
  • Paul Bahn is an authority on prehistoric rock art and vicepresident of the Australian Rock Art Association for eight years.                                                                                                                      

Australia’s first human inhabitants arrived at least 50,000 years ago. For millennia, they lived an essentially unchanging nomadic lifestyle: at one with the land and vast landscapes that surrounded them. They had few possessions, built no permanent monuments or settlements, but possessed an extraordinarily detailed knowledge of their land, handed down through countless generations.

We encounter these ancient people through their art, which (if you know where to look) can be found everywhere - from remote Arnhem land, to Uluru, to the Outback. A truly privileged introduction, tracing the history, myths and beliefs of one of the world’s oldest peoples across the vast and ever changing landscapes of Australia.

Themes

  • Rock Art
  • Prehistory

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • Small Group

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - All local travel and from Uluru to Alice Springs in private a/c coaches. Gold Service cabin on the Ghan railway from Alice Springs/Katherine; 4x4s at Max Davidson’s camp; motor launches on the Yellow River and at Max Davidson’s camp
  4. Meals - All meals included with water, except dinner day 12 and lunch days 1 & 13
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels - 2 + 1 nights in a hotel converted from old warehouses in the historic Rocks area of Sydney; 1 night in a 5* star hotel in the desert resort at Uluru (Ayers Rock); 2 nights in a modern, comfortable hotel overlooking the dry Todd River bed on the edge of Alice Springs; 1 night in a Gold Service cabin on the Ghan train; 1 night in a hotel in Katherine; 1 night in a crocodile-shaped hotel in Gagadju, within the National Park of Kakadu; 3 nights in Max Davidson’s ‘camp’ at Mount Borradaile

Hotel Info

  • 2 + 1 nights in a hotel converted from old warehouses in the historic Rocks area of Sydney
  • 1 night in a 5* star hotel in the desert resort at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • 2 nights in a modern, comfortable hotel overlooking the dry Todd River bed on the edge of Alice Springs
  • 1 night in a Gold Service cabin on the Ghan train
  • 1 night in a hotel in Katherine
  • 1 night in a crocodile-shaped hotel in Gagadju, within the National Park of Kakadu
  • 3 nights in Max Davidson’s ‘camp’ at Mount Borradaile
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2019 Tour Details

Sun 18th August - Fri 30th August

Available
Accepting £500 deposits

£ TBC

AUS19A

Led By: Dr Paul Bahn

Guide Lecturer

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