Magnificent Gallery 4WD Rock Art Tour Overview:
The aptly named Magnificent Rock Art Gallery is exclusive to guests of Jarramali Rock Art Tours with a guaranteed intimate experience with a local traditional owner. We offer 4WD tag-a-long tours, if you would like to be self sufficient with your own vehicle/camping supplies, meet at Laura and journey to Jarramali Camp to stay a night or so, OR pickup tours with all food and camping gear supplied for overnight stays. For this you will be picked up early morning from your accommodation from Cairns/ Port Douglas etc. and receive onboard commentary about the region and its past along the way to the Laura. We will stop at a quirky, organic café for morning tea at Mt Molloy.
As we enter into the rugged outback, Cape York Peninsular, we continue on to Laura. If you have booked the Tag-a-long tour we meet you here at the Laura township and we all hit the red dirt towards the old Jowalbinna Station. As we journey out of phone reception, you can leave your worries behind, switch off and feel a million miles away from home!
Now well on the way on the old, 4WD Laura - Maytown Coach road, tackling this rough, rugged road is half the adventure! we will see the pick axe marks in the sandstone from the old timers who forged the road. Remarkable formations in the sandstone, sample native bush tucker, bush medicine and insightful facts on the Australian bush will be given!
After journeying for about 5.5 hours from Cairns we arrive at our destination, Jarramali bush camp, lunch is served and you will be shown to your comfortable, camping tents. After lunch we journey on a short walk for an interpretive guided Rock Art Tour which will take anywhere from 1 hour - 2 hours. Depending on how many questions you ask and how much you put into it!
Following the guided tour you will have some free time to wonder and explore all the landscape has to offer, enjoy the scenery at the lookout and have a cuppa or cool drink and afternoon tea on our viewing deck. Wash off the day’s red dirt in our luxury hot water bush shower overlooking the deep gorge and rocky cliff-faces! In the evening curl up around the fire as the sounds of the Yigi Yigi (didjeridoo) echo through the valley while your roast dinner cooks on the coals. Then its billy tea and yarns around a camp fire.
Slip into nightfall and become part of the incredible landscape during your overnight stay with comfortable camping options, roll out a swag or cosy up in a tent with beds that will make you forget you’re camping. Five star? How about a billion stars?
Wake up and watch the beautiful sunrise coming up over red sandstone, escarpment country. A hot breakfast will be served, and days activities offered are tailored to your interests and depending on how many nights your are staying. Hiking epic valleys, swims at pristine waterholes, meditating on the escarpment, exploring old ruins, visits to more rock art sites in the area etc.. For the one night stay we leave camp and hit the road just before lunchtime (lunch served along the way) and for the 2 or more night stays, we commence your chosen activities and on the day of your departure we leave before lunchtime to journey back to Cairns / your respective destinations.
- Passenger pick up from Cairns / Port Douglas etc.
- Overnight camp (two full days and one magical night) includes; morning tea, lunch, camp oven roast dinner, all beverages (non-alcoholic), hot breakfast and lunch.
- Tent, bedding and towels provided.
- Happy to accommodate any dietary requirements (gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, allergy friendly foods etc)
What to bring:
Small overnight bag with casual attire, hat, sunscreen, enclosed walking shoes and toiletries.
A desire for fun-filled adventure, a camera and a willingness to learn!
*Only Telstra mobiles will have phone reception along the way, no mobile reception at campsite, however we have a Satellite phone for emergencies and two way radios should you wish to go hiking.
*Note - This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or people with back problems. However please contact us and we can tailor a tour for you that involves no off-road 4WDriving.