Ngamadjidj Shelter is a unique attraction nestled in the Grampians National Park and is sometimes referred to as Gariwerd. The shelter is one of five Aboriginal art sites in the park and this heritage site is highly regarded because it provided a home for the Aboriginal Jardwadjali people.
Ngamadjidj Shelter, Aboriginal Rock Paintings, Grampians Victoria
The shelter’s rock art boasts white-painted figures, which is why the shelter is referred to as ‘Cave of Ghosts’. The shelter that has the painted figures is sealed off, so viewing the site must be done at a distance. The paintings were likely made with Kaolin clay which was ground and mixed with water and then applied with a stick or with the fingers. It is not known how old these paintings are, however Aboriginal people have lived in Victoria for over 40,000 years.
The best thing about visiting the Ngamadjidj Shelter is that it is located in a park that is best known for its wide network of walking tracks that allow visitors to explore just about every part of the park. In addition to this, the park provides excellent and accessible lookouts that provide magical views across the park.
There are a number of camping sites within the park, all of which have basic amenities. For visitors who prefer an idyllic getaway with minimal disruptions, then the campsites along Stone Creek Road are perfect.