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About Jarramali Rock Art Tours
Experience the best of Cape York! Join us for an authentic, Aboriginal cultural experience. A 4WD tour exploring the best Quinkan Rock Art sites found among the sandstone escarpments around Laura, Nth Qld. Guided by friendly, Kuku Yalanji traditional owners. Come on a journey to this remote landscape and I will unravel the stories, thousands of years old, that were hidden in our rock art.
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Puza11 wrote a review Aug. 2020
Brisbane, Australia34 contributions22 helpful votes
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I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with Johnny at his beautiful camp. From the minute Johnny assured me that I would be part of the family and not a solo traveller I knew i was in good hands. Johnny is a wonderful driver, guide, cook (his camp fire pot roast was sooo good) and a fountain of indigenous knowledge. He has created a slice of rustic, natural and spectacular paradise in the bush. Camp was very comfortable even for a non camper like me! I was on my own and a bit nervous about sleeping out bush solo, after a couple of nights, I’m now looking to buy a swag and do it more, I loved it. Seeing the sunrise from my tent was special and even more special was the sunrise yoga on the escarpment overlooking the valley with Emma who is a gentle, professional and talented yoga teacher and massage therapist. I also was fortunate enough to experience a massage out in the open, it was the best massage I’ll ever have ! The highlight was magnificent gallery, tucked away a short walk from camp is the most spectacular aboriginal rock art gallery. I couple picture what it might have been like for the family that lived there and the artist that drew the quinkans, animals and dillybags on the walls up to 20,000 years ago. We spent the day chasing more rock art just outside of Laura, the detail and the natural state it was in meant some effort to get there by 4wd and walking (not too far at all) through the bush made it even more special and felt untouched. Magnificent and the Quinkan galleries are a national treasure, thanks to Johnny, it’s a treasure we get to experience and need to look after. Highly recommend jarramali rock art tours and I wish I had a couple more nights, the 2 nights went far too quickly. Do yourself a favour and just go !
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Don W wrote a review Aug. 2020
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Further to Suzies post above, with which I whole heartedly endorse, we had a bonus treat. We have never done yoga before but when we were camping with Johnny on a Jarramali tour we were lucky enough to partake in a yoga session with Emma. Emma set up on the escarpment on country at sunrise and clearly and lovingly guided us through a relaxing and yet invigorating yoga session. Her personality and commitment shines through her practice and we all felt at ease. The sun rising and the view ,along with Emmas calming voice will be a memory we treasure.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Suzie wrote a review Aug. 2020
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This is a magical experience. Johnny runs a very professional yet personal tou. The privilege of camping on the escarpment, the stories and viewing the incredible art is something you will never forget
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Geoff W wrote a review Aug. 2020
Townsville, Australia301 contributions114 helpful votes
I visited Magnificent Gallery in 2018 and it blew my socks off. On my return home, I told my wife "You have to see this place, it's unbelievable". We made the trip in 2019 and Lyn was just as overcome as I was. We have just returned from another Jarramali Rock Art experience. There is something about the country where Johnny's camp is (apart from being absolutely stunning) . I don't know if it has anything to do with the Welcome to Country smoking ceremony that he performs, but there is a strange and overwhelming feeling that the country wants you to be there. We did a two night adventure this time, with a short (in distance) trip back along the Old Coach Road to the Sandy Creek 1 and 2 sites as well as the Magnificent Gallery at his camp site. Sandy Creek involves a very easy 2 km return walk to see some very nice art, some nice rock formations and a spectacular lookout over the surrounding country. Back at base camp - we have sat alone in the Magnificent Gallery in the silence, and wondered at the great climatic events that carved out the gorge millions of years before Aboriginals arrived. The hundreds and hundreds of generations that have lived in this gallery, passing down their traditions, knowledge and laws to the following generations. I look at the ancient sandstone walls and see the art painted over the top of other art and wonder at the meaning. I sit on the gallery floor amongst the charcoal of ancient campfires and picture the families that lived here, cooked here, painted and slept here, but there is only silence and a strong feeling of welcoming. We had a bonus this trip - Johnny had found some very old art in a cave a few km from camp. Amongst the paintings was a Rainbow Serpent on the ceiling. A roof collapse had taken some art with it, but outside, high up on a rock face and facing down the valley was a Guardian Spirit with his arms outstretched. That was a find of great significance and we were so privileged to see it. Later that morning, back at camp, we were packing up the truck to leave and I noticed Lyn down on the escarpment, breathing in the grandeur one last time before we departed. It really is a Magnificent place and we will be back again..
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Firstfleet wrote a review Aug. 2020
Brisbane66 contributions30 helpful votes
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Jarramali is a family company run by Johnny Murrison and his wife Erica. What an amazing team they make. Johnny’s family originate from the Palmer River goldfields area that is immensely rich in cave art. The area is riddled with canyons and escarpments for hundreds of square kilometres and Johnny has set up a base camp on traditional land on the edge of a magnificent canyon about 1 hour’s drive from Laura by four wheel drive over what once was the stage coach track to the gold fields. There is a site called the Magnificent Gallery only a few hundred metres from the camp. This gallery is really quite amazing with a wide range of artwork ranging back thousands of years. Johnny has set up a number of glamping tents at the site which are very comfortable. As well as hosting tours of the artwork in various locations he describes bush tucker and fire lighting practices to protect the environment and holds discussions under the stars around a camp fire at night. We woke to the sun rising over the escarpment metres from our tent. Johnny's approach is refreshing, noting some of the unfortunate facts from past history but looking to a positive future where he can share the knowledge of his ancestors with people from around the world. We were picked up in Laura and driven in but there is a "tagalong" option too where customers take their own four wheel drives and camp using their own equipment. Johnny provides access to the traditional "know how" of the region. A real inspiration. It's not cheap but definitely worth it as it's a unique experience run by a very capable team.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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