Split Rock Aboriginal Art Site - QLD

  Art Site


DEG: -15.6475 144.507294
DMS: 15º 38' 51" S 144º 30' 26.26" E
UTM: 55 L 8268487mN 232766mE
Altitude: 144.2m


Address & Contact

LOT 73 Peninsula Developmental RdLaura QLD 4871
Phone: +617 4060 3457
Email: N/A
Web: http://www.cooktownandcapeyork.com/do/history/aboriginal-rock-art


The rock art of south-east Cape York Peninsula forms some of the oldest and largest galleries in the world. The main areas stretch in an arc from north of Cooktown, inland to the Palmer River, with a multitude of paintings, stencils and engravings across the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji, Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Thaypan people.

The Split Rock site, located 14km south from Laura, is the most famous of the galleries. You can take a self-guided tour from the carpark here, which involves a 15 minute uphill walk from the carpark. Total return distance is only 1.1km. The trail is natural but well maintained and includes some sections of rock steps. It is a relatively easy trail so can be accessed by walkers of all fitness levels. The main gallery areas at the top of the walk contain the art along with interpretive signage. Like many Indigenous cultural sites there are some areas that are restricted from public access at the request of traditional owners. These areas are signposted so please respect these requests.

There is interpretative signage on the site. Guided tours can also be arranged by contacting the Quinkan & Regional Cultural Centre (phone +617 4060 3457). There is a shelter, bins and toilet at the carpark.

Aboriginal communities throughout Cape York Peninsula maintain strong connections with the land and sea, ensuring the survival of this ancient culture. Traditional custodians share some of their stories on guided walks at special sites around the region.

The cost for a self guided tour is now $40 per person
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Distance from Split Rock Aboriginal Art Site 60.57km SW
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Distance from Split Rock Aboriginal Art Site 60.57km SW
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