Quinkan Country takes its name from the spirit figures which are featured in an array of rock art galleries, located across the Laura Basin region of sandstone which dominates this landscape.
Although the exact age of these galleries is yet to be determined, they are believed to be between 15,000 and 40,000 years. They are included on the Australian Heritage Estate, are inscribed on the National Heritage List and are listed by UNESCO as being among the top 10 rock art sites in the world.
The Laura rock art is unique for its quantity, quality, variety and age. The galleries have hosted artists over hundreds of generations. Some creating new works over old, others beginning new galleries in separate overhangs and shelters.
These ancient rock art sites provide historical evidence that Aboriginal people have lived in the Laura region for many thousands of years, prior to first contact with European explorers in the 19th century.
Handed down by their ancestors, these sites provide a visible link with the past and demonstrate the link between people, community and country.
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