Turraburra_Australian Aboriginal Rock Art

Australian Aboriginal Rock Art Gallery

Would you like to see ancient rock art in Queensland?

By Jocelyn Watts

It’s no secret that Australian Aboriginal rock art galleries are among the best ancient rock art galleries in the world.

Now you have a chance to see a previously little-known Aboriginal rock art gallery featuring thousands of ancient paintings and etchings has opened, right here in Queensland.

In 2020, the gallery at Gracevale Station near Aramac in western Queensland opened to the public, just a year after being returned to its traditional owners and renamed Turraburra.

Now the local Iningai people are planning to create a multimillion-dollar education centre at the site.   

This Queensland rock art gallery joins about 100,000 sites Australia-wide, such as the Kakadu National Park, The Kimberley, and the Flinders Ranges.

Australia’s rock art galleries date back 30,000 years or more and attract thousands of tourists every year.

For more information visit https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-18/turraburra-gracevale-indigenous-art-site-opens-queensland/12776038 and https://www.australiantraveller.com/australia/seven-amazing-aboriginal-rock-art-sites/

Photo Gallery

In 2012, I was fortunate enough to join a tour of Gracevale Station and Gray Rock with Artesian Country Tours, which has since folded. This photo gallery shows some of my images from that tour.


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    Rob Richardson says:

    As a child aged 3 to 13 in the 50’s my parents owned Rangers Valley station and bought Gracevale. One of my favorite places was the cliffs of Gracevale.
    My non aboriginal ancestors lived in the Barcaldine area from the 1860’s
    My memories now relate to two things. 1. there was a carving in the rock which we called the unborn dingo which showed a foetus on its back with legs upwards and a cord from its umbilicus. 2. There was an ugly scar across the carvings that said ” Pearl was here” which horrified me as a child. I am so happy to see the true recognition of this wonderful place

    • Jocelyn
      Jocelyn says:

      Thank you for your comment, Rob. My father, William (Bill) Scott was a nature photographer and loved to visit Gracevale and Gray Rock for that purpose. Yes, it’s good to see true recognition being given to this wonderful place.


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