Burrunggui (Nourlangie)

Roaming Rowes at Burrunggui, Kakadu.

Roaming Rowes at Burrunggui, Kakadu.

FREE! ranger guided tour at Burrunggui (Nourlangie), Kakadu.

FREE! ranger guided tour at Burrunggui (Nourlangie), Kakadu.

What homeschooling looks like at Burrunggui, Kakadu.

What homeschooling looks like at Burrunggui, Kakadu.

Artifacts dating tens of thousands of years old on a Ranger guided walk.

Artifacts dating tens of thousands of years old on a Ranger guided walk.

Burrunggui features a 1.5km circular walk that has so much culture to offer.  Apart from several spectacular art sites it also encompasses an ancient Aboriginal shelter.  At least 20,000 years of aboriginal existence can be proven here and the place has a feeling that simple words can not express.

Throughout certain times of the year, free ranger guided walks are available; The best way to find out the details are to check The Kakadu National Park Facebook page.  Taking the FREE ranger guided walks is simply a must, do not leave until you have done one.  Our guide was brilliant his name was Christian, the information and passion he shared was awe inspiring and a real education for us.  With a young family sometimes ‘guided walks’ can be a struggle with maintaining levels of enthusiasm and attention, not so the case here and well worth us stepping outside of our comfort zone.

We loved learning about the changing of seasons and some of the Bininj stories that compliment this rich ancient place.  From here the Roaming Rowes had a deeper insight of how Bininj have lived here for Tens of Thousands of years, by looking after and working with Mother Earth.  Through patch like burning and the like it has enabled the land, animals and people to live for tens of thousands of years here in a sustainable manner.  A far cry from what we have seen in many places where the land has clearly become unusable and unsustainable through over farming practices.

Lightning man, family it’s all here to learn about at Burrunggui, Kakadu.

Lightning man, family it’s all here to learn about at Burrunggui, Kakadu.

We also learnt of Narmarrgon (lightning man) and his children the Alijurr (Leichardt grasshopper).  In doing so we realised further how connected to the land the Bininj are.  Through listening and observing to their surroundings it guides them what to eat, where to live and when teamed with passing this knowledge on to future generations (that’s law) it has led to a continual, sustainable way of life; yet to be matched by any civilisation in the world.

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