Injalak Arts

Location: Gunbalanya, NT 0822, Australia
Phone: 08 89790190

Injalak Arts is a thriving art centre in West Arnhem Land. Aboriginally managed and owned, centre supports the livelihoods of over 300 Kunwinkju-speaking artists of the area. The artists here continue an artistic tradition that is thousands of years old and would be more than happy to share their culture with you.

Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 2:00pm Saturday. (during the dry season). Closed Sundays.

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Description

Injalak Arts and Crafts is located in West Arnhem Land, in a scenically stunning location of green floodplains and grand escarpments. Established in 1989, Injalak Arts is an Aboriginal charitable organisation supporting the production of authentic Aboriginal art. Visitors are very welcome to visit Injalak Arts, tour the art centre and experience breathtaking rock art galleries at the nearby Injalak Hill. Guided tours of Injalak Hill will take you through a maze of caverns and jutting sandstone, which have been festooned with paintings made over thousands of years by one of humanity’s longest enduring artistic traditions. Arguably one of the richest rock art sites in the world, Injalak Hill boasts many galleries, layered with stunning imagery, executed in rich ochre hues. Today, Injalak's artists make authentic art inspired by dreamtime stories, the nearby rock art galleries as well as local plants and animals. Their art practice demonstrates an unbroken link between today’s generation of Kunwinjku people and their ancestors. Many artists work at the centre, making Injalak Arts friendly place to get to know artists and see first-hand how artworks are created.

Injalak Arts’ Shop offers a range of affordable and high-end art in mediums and styles reflective of the ingenuity of Kunwinjku people. Artworks available include paintings on paper and bark, carvings, artefacts - clap sticks, mako (didgeridoos), mimi poles and lorrkons (hollow logs), fibre works - baskets and marebu (pandanus mats) and prints. 

If you would like to go on a hill tour, Injalak Arts run private tours for independent travellers, please visit https://injalak.com/rock-art-tours/ for more information and to book your adventure.

If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can visit Injalak Arts with a tour operator. There are four companies coming out to Injalak Hill
These are: 

Kakadu Cultural Tours - Arnhemlander Cultural & Heritage Cruise: 1800 525 238

Top End Day Tours : 0456 375 264

Lords Safari: 0438808548

Venture North: (08) 8927 5500

If visiting Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) privately, please contact the Northern Lands Council to gain a permit.

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Directions

Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) is an exciting 40-minute drive from Jabiru. You will need to ford the East Alligator River at Cahill’s Crossing. Care should be taken when passing as the river is tidal and the current can be strong. Before making your booking, please call us. Also, you can check the tides here ( https://tides.willyweather.com.au/nt/kakadu/east-alligator-river--cahills-crossing.html ) After fording the river there is 15kms of unsealed road to traverse before reaching Gunbalanya.

Gunbalanya has a service station and Adjumarllarl Store, the locally-owned and managed supermarket that stocks freshly made sandwiches, lunches and cool drinks.