Gabarnmung Cave
Twelve Oprah Show Ultimate Viewers traveled to Australia's Northern Territory, best known around the world for its natural treasures and ancient Aboriginal culture. Recreate their incredible trip with this complete itinerary.

Darwin and Gabarnmung Cave

Where We Stayed: 

Holiday Inn Darwin: Darwin is the Northern Territory's capital, a modern, tropical city that sits on a harbor twice the size of Sydney's. Considered Australia's most culturally diverse city, more than 50 nationalities make up Darwin's population, including the area's traditional Aboriginal landowners.

What We Saw:

Gabarnmung Rock Shelter: At this ancient site, experience truly rare artwork, seen by less than 26 non-indigenous people since its discovery. Gabarnmung translates to Hole-in-the-Rock, and this site is also referred to as “The Barra Site,” which is the name of the area in which the cave rests. In 2006, a chance sighting from a helicopter led to its' extraordinary discovery. The traditional owners of the land, the Jawoyn, believe their ancestors created the cave paintings more than 35,000 years ago.

Where We Ate:

Hanuman Restaurant: The modern Asian-inspired décor at Hanuman makes it one of Darwin's best-known restaurants. The exotic, fresh and brilliantly spiced food has been created by the territory's own celebrity chef, Jimmy Shu, who is one of Australia's best Asian cuisine chefs.

Where We Traveled:

Alice Springs
FROM: Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure
Published on January 18, 2011


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