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A truly spiritual and ethereal cultural heritage site. A wilderness experience at one of Northern Australia's last frontiers. A place of renewal and rejuvenation for the soul. A truly spiritual and ethereal cultural heritage site invoking days of long gone. Access to the site by 4WD over the historic cobb & co Maytown coach-road will entertain and challenge even the most avid and experienced driver.        Maria Lange, Townsville. 

 

Completely and entirely awesome! I enjoyed every minute. The 4 wheel drive from Port Douglas to Johnny's remote camp was fun, fun, fun! The campsite was totally adequate and comfortable, even a deluxe toilet. The food was exceptional, we had home baked treats and camp oven food - delicious and plentiful, with various needs catered for abundantly.The setting was majestic, inspiring and peaceful. The walk along the escarpment filled me with a sense of deep connection with those who had gone before, their pride, their strength and their affinity with their culture. The rock art was "magnificent". it was indeed a wonder and privilege to experience it. Johnny played the tapping sticks and sang as we arrived which created an incredible sense of place. He made the art come alive with his knowledge and explanations. He later played the didgeridoo which delighted us all. As a lone, older traveller at all times i felt safe, respected and cared for. Johnny is a warm, friendly, obliging man who i found it easy to place my trust and confidence in. For me an unforgettable experience.      Wendy Lyon, Geelong & Bellarine, Australia

 

The Jarramali rock art tour was absolutely fantastic. The rugged landscape is magnificent, the Aboriginal art is magnificent and Johnny the tour guide was so passionate about his special place and showing it off to guests. Being able to camp above the gallery in one of North Queensland's natural penthouses is something that very few people get to experience. Thank you Johnny for a very memorable and unique experience. Every aspect of the tour was something special. People who respond to everything with the word "awesome" need to get up here and see what the word actually means.     Geoff Winstanley, Townsville.

 

Australian history 4WD tour par excellence! We started off the tour in Cairns where Johnny picked us up with his 4WD. Along the way he taught us some Australian history including Aboriginal, Chinese and Western culture. Then we left the road and went into the bush with some river crossings and a serious 4WD climb up to the campsite. Up there awaits you an amazing view. We stayed over night and really enjoyed the camp and the company. On the next day Johnny took us to the Rock Arts and explained them to us. We absolutely loved it!! If you're interested in Aboriginal Rock Arts and you love camping and 4WD that's the tour to do! Definitely recommending this!         Uwe Seitter, Innisfail

 

An unforgettable experience to visit such a place packed with so much history and ancient native culture and in such incredible surrounds. We had hundreds of pieces of beautiful ancient art right there in front of us. With Johnny talking us through this enormous natural canvas; we gained a much deeper and detailed understanding of the way of life as it was so many years ago. We saw so much and could have spent so much more time there just admiring the beauty of the art and the country. If you like history, outdoors, 4 wheel driving and want to see a representation of the migration of ancient man, then this is a must. Be somewhere and see something others can only dream of. Kids loved it.Much respect to the Kuku Yalanji People.       The Arnott Family, Cairns

 

Add this to your bucket list! What an amazing experience, an authentic Australia bush journey top one of the most beautiful places I have even been too, combined with a profound guided experience of a remote Aboriginal rock art that is seldom seen. We chose the overnight trip, meeting Johnny and his cousin Brayden at Mt Molloy we travelled through Laura onto the Mayfield Cobb & Co track, some expert 4WD work here. Through a cattle station camp then onto the site where we were very well looked after, great food and facilities they are building, we got to try out the brand new hot showers.The artwork itself is profound and magical and Johnny gave us great insight into the history and meaning of the work. Can't recommend highly enough. Gavin Fin, Canberra

 

Most unbelievable experience with Johnny. This place will leave you numb  (in a good way).          Glen Hadden -  LowRange film crew

 

“I was fortunate to visit a Quinkan rock art gallery with Western Yalanji man, Johnny Murison. His warm and sunny personality, his love of the magnificent Quinkan country, and his knowledge of the art of his ancestors made the trip an absolute highlight. I wholeheartedly recommend Johnny as a guide.”        Dr Brian Hawkins, Canberra

 

“Johnny took us to one of the most spectacular places around the Laura area and gave us some amazing insights into the culture, stories, and art and history of the Western Yalanji people, which, made the tour a truly remarkable experience. The tour was enhanced through the breathtaking scenery!”      Jules Taylor, Cairns

 

Incredible Visit! Johnny took me and my friend to see the rock art paintings at Split Rock near Laura. He was a fantastic guide! He was so knowledgeable about the history of the area and of the artworks, and made the trip really fun with his infectious enthusiasm. He also worked with the pace of the group, walking slowly or quickly as we needed. The sites themselves are just amazing. I would highly recommend taking one of his tours.          Noor, Melbourne 

 

A Privilege - too deadly! I had the privilege to go on a tour with John sharing time on country and experiencing the ancient majestic rock art. Already I am planning to take my wife and friends there to share this amazing experience. It is a place to be respected and definitely a place to visit. Thank you John for making this possible for local and international visitors. I recommend it to all with a sense of adventure and a desire to experience and share our Indigenous Culture.          Steve, Mareeba 

 

Spectacular Scenery, Company and Experience! My family and I had the privilege of travelling with Johnny and his cousin Brayden out to Western Kuku-yalanji country. Everything about this trip was excellent. My thirst for knowledge was satisfied by Johnny's commentary and his willingness to answer all my questions. Johnny is generous and friendly with his sharing of his country, which is incredibly beautiful. I couldn't get enough of it! Our 12 and 8 year old kids LOVED the 4WD into the campsite. Such an adventure! The campsite has stunning views of the escarpment and surrounds. It is comfortable and clean with everything you would need including a shower!!! We had the option of sleeping in a tent or in swags. The kids chose swags as we had never done that before. It was wonderful to view the stars - and a couple of shooting stars - from your swag before falling asleep! You can see the milky way so clearly. The kids got a kick out of this too. Brayden helped our kids to make spears which we'll be taking home with us. The camp fire, didg, and food was wonderful. Johnny can certainly cook! We had already had a wonderful adventure before we even saw the rock art!!The rock art was incredible. Such a huge canvas with so many things to see and find. You could look at it for hours and continually see something new. The best rock art in one place I've seen. Kakadu Rock Art is awesome too, but this Quinkan Rock Art is amazing!!I hope to return one day to see different art around Western Yalanji. Although it's a long way time goes quickly and you don't notice the length of the journey. Thank you Johnny! We had a ball!               Magner family, Sydney

 

A HUGE thank you for taking us on this amazing adventure to your Jarramali Rock Art Tour.
As I said to you before I think there is nowhere else in the world where you can start at the Great Barrier Reef, venture through Tropical Rainforest and end up on an ancient Outback that takes your breath away. I loved every minute of it, even the hair raising drive in and out of the camp. Loved your stories and commentary (ha ha about the banana bags for Coles and Woolworths .. you got us there !!) along the way as there is so much to see and learn and even meeting the people in the outback as each have such interesting stories.
Your camp set up is great, I would call it awesome and rudimental which is exactly what it should be. The shower is awesome and definitely a little piece of outback luxury - same with the dunny! The tents are comfortable and I had a great night’s sleep and an amazing sunrise view. Camp oven cooking is quintessential camping in Australia and the food was great.
Definite highlight was the walk in and visit to the Magnificent Gallery - to me it was like going into a church or sacred ground for you to share this beautiful gallery and its stories with us and just the thought of it being 20,000 years old is beyond awe inspiring. Other highlight was the location of the camp and views over the sandstone escarpments.
Johnny I loved your passion and enthusiasm (including your taste in 80s and 90s music !!) and you are great with customers to ensure they have a wonderful experience out there with you. I wish you and your family all the best and every success in your continued set up with Jarramali Rock Art Tours.
Claudia, Cairns

 

Astonishing trip! Hello, I'm a french girl, I'm 25 years old, I recommend this travel for everyone to see something very exceptional in the bush and want to live a great adventure with professional nice guys. I've never been in the bush, so it was my first time and I hope not the last. The first day, Johnny, our tour guide, picked me up in his car and we stopped to different places (cemetery (James Mulligan), Ngukulli, Nuruku, Bustard...) he explained to me some stories and anecdotes about these places). The way had been very difficult to access but Johnny is a good driver! When I arrived in the camp, I was so surprised to see a beautiful scenery, it was the paradise bush and from the toilet, the tent and the shower we can see this view. The best moment for me was when you see the sunset and then you ate and talked around the fire about everything (nice stories, jokes) with bushmen people.
The second day I helped Johnny and his team to make a track close to the camp and then I went to the beautiful "art gallery" with aborigines paintings from Kuku-mini people which are ancestors of Johnny, who explained to me the meaning.
And the last day, I went back in my house,  I was tired but very amazed 🙂          Anais, France

 

Thank you for sharing Jarramail Rock Art Tour with me. I was completely blown away by the entire experience. Firstly, the magnificent gallery is like nothing I have seen before and the history and stories behind the art is fascinating, I appreciate you sharing this with me. The 4WD experience was absolutely hilarious and exciting, I could not stop giggling, it was so much fun. Your vehicle is not a donkey, it is definitely a thoroughbred! As for dinner, I am speechless! That was the best camp roast I have ever tasted, cooked to perfection and delicious. The entire experience was out of this world, the camp is comfortable, welcoming and I didn’t want to leave. I could look at that view and the stars all day and night. Your passion for sharing your culture is inspiring and I know you will have every success in the future with all your ventures. I have been struggling to put the entire experience into words and then when I look at the words together I realise you have hit the targets for feelings during the entire experience - exciting, serene, captivating are a few words that come to mind.
Thank you again for sharing this with me. I look forward to promoting and spreading the word about Jarramali Rock Art Tours.           Susan, Cairns

 

What an adventure! I feel very lucky to have seen, learnt about and experienced Kuku-yalanji culture and country with traditional owner Johnny. He was an awesome host, friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and very passionate. I felt instantly comfortable around him had a blast hanging out! I learnt about the landscape and how it was significant to indigenous people, from dreamtime stories to plants and animals that were used traditionally for bush tucker (even sampling some), medicinal purposes, and other everyday applications. The tour also covered more recent history of colonisation and invasion including the gold rush which took place nearby.
The artwork in the galleries is very special I have not seen any rock art before so to see the Quinkan Rock Art was incredible. If you are going to Queensland you really need to see this on your trip- along with the reef and rainforest this truly is an experience not to miss! I stayed 2 nights and would highly recommend staying overnight so that you get to see more of the area. Great bush walking around the camp and lots of time for R&R in the surrounds which really have to be seen to believed truly awe inspiring sandstone escarpment views.
Very comfortable camping on a real mattress! Also delicious food and my dietary requirements were catered for!
Was also treated to some Didgeridoo too Johnny is also a great player 🙂
I don't usually do reviews but I had such a good time I had to write one up. I really admire the work your doing Johnny keep it up!
Danni, Victoria