Connection to Country


Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuous culture. A culture whose sacred sites are older than any of the worlds most famous monuments. Stonehenge, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China are comparatively recent compared to the rock art sites of Australia’s Aboriginal peoples.

The Burrup Peninsula (or Murujuga) in the heart of Western Australia's Pilbara region is host to the largest concentration of rock art in the world, dating back over 40,000 years.

It's a dramatic and ancient landscape so sacred that some parts shouldn't be looked upon at all, except by traditional custodians. And yet Aboriginal people from the Pilbara region of Western Australia have to fight like mad to preserve their unique heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry.

Waves of industrialisation and development threaten sites all over the region, but the people of the Pilbara – forever connected to country, forever responsible – are fighting back.

Documenting the rock art, recording sacred sites and battling to get their unique cultural heritage recognised, 'digitised' and celebrated.


Watch a video about the Burrup Peninsula's rock art


Tyson Mowarin
Frank Smith
Ricky Smith
Reg Sambo
Jean Churnside
Patrick Churnside
Release dates
2017 - Australia
G - general
ABC Commercial
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Korff, J 2020, Connection to Country, <>, retrieved 20 May 2024

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