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Mulgowan (Yapa) Aboriginal Rock Art Site

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Address: Kidman Way | Gundabooka National Park, Bourke, New South Wales, Australia

The ancient petroglyph rock art is located within Gundabooka National Park...

The ancient petroglyph rock art is located within Gundabooka National Park 20 kms off Kidman Way on sandy dirty track that is marked by National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) signs to the Mulgowan carpark & picnic site. From here a marked NPWS path leads up & into the dry Mulareenya creek where the Yapa rock art can be found under the ledge. The NPWS have constructed walking ledges & have caged off the actual petroglyphs.

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The rock art is accessed from Mitchell Highway, about 50 km south of Bourke. There is about 25 km of good unsealed road - we had no difficulty with our medium size AWD SUV - I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 May 2016
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

The rock art is accessed from Mitchell Highway, about 50 km south of Bourke. There is about 25 km of good unsealed road - we had no difficulty with our medium size AWD SUV - I think normal sedans would have little difficulty in dry conditions. From the carpark, it is a 15 minute walk to the site of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

Parks have put in a very good walking track to the site. Not a long walk but very rewarding. Spring flowers were all coming through. Good picnic and other facilities.

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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We went here on a beautiful sunny Winters day. It was also great for me as it was my first red dirt road, which I had been dying to drive on. The road was very good, very few bumps but I think it had been graded only recently. The shortish walk through the bush and over rocks was not too... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

The art work here was well preserved and the walk was very pleasant. Just ensure you take water with you. It was very warm when we were here and proper shoes, water and a hat were definitely well used! The surrounding area was lovely. We came from the direction of Cobar, visited the art, and then drove to Yanda Campground... More 

Thank Katherine J
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

This is an easy day trip from Bourke, well signposted walking trails in the park and very good rock art. Quite a few campers in the park. We didn't choose that option, having stayed beforehand at Trilby Station near Louth, an excellent farmstay on the river. Though had we thought it through a bit more we should have overnighted at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

This site is well worth the visit. Toilet and picnic area at car park & a short walk to the site. The Rock Art was beautiful to see and the pathway to the site is well designed and maintained. It's an easy walk that I enjoyed, as someone who doesn't like bushwalking.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

Approx 1hr drive sth of Bourke along Kidman Highway. Well sign posted. Road in National park is dirt. Road not usable by car if wet. On arrival at parking area, a short 20min walk to rock art up gentle slope, beautiful scenery. Ensure you take drinking water. There are bush toilets at parking area. Art work is basic but still... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2010

It is an easy, pleasant walk to the art site and the track provides lovely views across the district. The artwork is in good condition, though the images are quite simple. They depict "shake leg" dance, food sources and tools as well as a few hand prints. There are also some older less clear artworks visible in a layered effect... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2009

The Mulgowan Aboriginal rock art site or ‘Gundabooka paintings’ is located within the Gundabooka National Park, a healthy drive from the nearest outback town of Bourke NSW & easily accessible by reliable 2WD cars. The Gundabooka National Park is the land of the Ngemba & Paakantji people, the traditional owners of the land. The national park was created from the... More 

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