Thursday, 8 May 2014

Removals to Australia: Ancient Sites in Australia

If you are undertaking removals to Australia and want to find out more about your host country’s history, there are plenty of interesting ancient sites to visit. Australia has a wealth of early history, with the Aboriginal people at the heart of this. Their culture is one of the oldest on earth, and it is now estimated that their ancestors left Africa up to 75,000 years ago.

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Here we have listed just a a few of the fascinating ancient sites to visit in Australia, but there are many more which you can discover when you settle here.

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Fascinating Early Historic Sites to Visit

Uluru/Ayers Rock – This massive sandstone rock formation in Australia's Red Centre is estimated to be 300 million years old. It is a world heritage site, open all year round, which attracts large numbers of tourists, and is a must-see attraction for anyone moving to Australia. The Aborigines call it Uluru, and regard it as sacred, and it is now at the heart of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visitors are requested not to climb the famous rock, but instead to explore the park by walking or joining a guided tour. There are historic rock caves and paintings to see here, and you can also observe a host of wildlife. Special viewing spots give an opportunity to watch the impressive spectacles of sunrise and sunset. Visitors often stay at Ayers Rock Resort on the edge of the park.

Lake Mungo – Located in New South Wales, this dry lake is the archaeological site where the remains of the oldest humans found in Australia were unearthed in the 1960s and 70s. Known as Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, the two partly cremated bodies have been estimated to be around 42,000 years old. Another fascinating discovery in the area was 20,000 year-old human footprints at Willandra Lakes, revealed in 2003. The real tracks have been re-covered to preserve them, but, if you visit Mungo National Park, you can see a re-creation of the footprints at the visitor centre. You may also want to see the 'Walls of China' lunette, a 30km half-moon dune formation which you can visit via a boardwalk. It is possible to camp at Mungo during your stay.

Kow Swamp – This ancient burial ground in Victoria is a very important archaeological site, where the skeletons of nearly 40 people were found in the late 1960s and early 1970s on the edge of a dry lake. Experts disagree over the age of these remains, which have now been re-interred, but they could be as much as 20,000 years old. If you visit this site you can see the unusual sand dunes landscape, where the discovery was made. Another attraction is the modern lake here, a water storage facility which is a wildlife reserve and a popular spot for fishing. Hotels are available in nearby towns.

Ubirr at Kakadu National Park – If you want to learn more about ancient Aboriginal rock art, then a visit to Ubirr, in Australia's Northern Territory, is a must. A number of rock shelters around the East Alligator River have been painted and re-painted over thousands of years. The paintings show wildlife from the area, including the Tasmanian tiger, which became extinct in the region 2,000 years ago. There is a gallery dedicated to the sacred Rainbow Serpent. As well as the famous rock art, the park also includes other attractions such as boat cruises to see a rich array of birds and other wildlife. You can either camp or stay at one of the local hotels.

Ngarrabullgan/Mount Mulligan  – A striking natural landmark in the north of Queensland, this tabletop mountain is one of the Aboriginals' most sacred sites. They revere it as a "Dreaming" mountain and the birthplace of the Rainbow Serpent. There are many rock caves and shelters around the area, including two ancient sites on the mountaintop, Ngarrabullgan Cave and Nonda Rock. It has now been declared an Aboriginal cultural heritage area.

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