Kulumburu Rd Munurru Camp and cultural sites

We left the Gibb River Rd and headed north on the Kulumburu Road. Anna back in Sydney said we “HAD” to see Mitchell Falls and so we were heading there. We stopped the night a Drysdale Station at their bush camp. It seemed everyone wanted to camp next to the flush toilets and showers and beer, so we had the miners camp waterhole to ourselves a few kms from the homestead. The next day we rattled along on the Kulumuru rd to the lovely Munurru Camp on the King Edward River Crossing. It was the best designed camp ground that we had seen on this whole trip with the cleanest toilets (Hybrid) we have seen in 7.5 months! It also had a fantastic water whole within walking distance from camp. The campground is managed by the local Aboriginal Community and you must pay a fee and get a permit to use the campground/swim and also to walk to Mitchell falls. We obtained this permit at Drysdale station the day before. Mgibb junction sign

road gang art
This is what we call road grader art. We really liked finding art in any form and appreciated his effort to make our drive more interesting.
The Kalumburu road rattled the fillings out of your teeth!!!
king edward river swim
The water hole (King Edward River) Munurru Camp was worth the effort to get there. Only freshwater crocs here, as we are too far from the sea. Steve would have a swim in the evening in the dark and bring his torch to spot the eyes watching him swim.
king edward river falls
King Edward River falls with just a trickle of water.
king edward river at sunset
King Edward River at sunset.

There were 2 very good rock art sites near Munurru Camp and we spent a couple of hours at each one. It is so interesting seeing the different interpretations of the world as we travel to different aboriginal areas/sites. We were unable to arrange a tour by a local ranger, so walked through discovering the paintings ourselves. The paintings were done at different times and scientists are dating them from 1000-30,000 years old. Amazing seeing these today and how well some of them have survived out in the elements. Madmiring artmalevolent creatureart 12

art 9
This type are some of the older paintings supposedly.
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An echidna
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Wanjinas or creation spirits.

Unfortunately we were not able to arrange a local ranger to explain the art to us. The description in the brochure was as follows: Mudarin is the boss Wanjina. He sits here with his family (above) and Walangaanda (the milky way Wanjina) and Aamba (Kangaroo). Nearby is Walijuwar (devil Argula) who can steal the souls of babies who cry at night. In the Lalai (creation, dreaming) when the ground was soft, Wanjinas travelling to distant countries created caves as their resting places by throwing down clouds. Gwion and Malan Argua( devils) also live here.

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burial site 2
This burial site is now fenced off, as tourists were moving around skulls to get a better photo!
cave near art site
There are roots growing right through from the rock above where there are trees growing.
burial site
The fenced off burial site.
gecko in cave
A gecko hanging upside down in one of the caves.
blood tree
A tree bleeding some red sap that looked like red fairy floss.
fairy floss
Red tree sap. I am sure the Aboriginal people use this  for something!

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art 4
Gwion figures are said to be possibly 17,000 years old! These were the best specimens we have seen so far. Such detail you would need a very fine paintbrush to do these days.

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art 2
I liked this one with 3 different colours of ochre.

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art 1
The “tentacles”  on the heads of the Wanjinas are supposed to be lightening as they make the rain and clouds of the wet season.

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looking for art
The area around the art site was quite pretty and Steve kept the lookout for birds.
red winged fairy wren
Red winged fairy wren around the art site
northern rosella
Northern Rosella

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