The Ochre Pits is a registered sacred site and is protected by Sacred Site and Parks and Wildlife legislation. The site offers the unique opportunity for visitors to view a ochre deposit that is still used by local Arrarnta peoples. Please do not touch or interfere with any of the ochre - severe penalties apply and the site is regularly patrolled by Rangers.
Ochre has been used all over the world for decoration and painting since pre-historic times. At this location you can see the natural ochres in the cliff face here have provided a source of materials for Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. And they still provide brilliant colours for modern man too, since their shifting hues make for some excellent photos.
- An opportunity to learn and experience a little of the local Arrarnta culture and to understand the importance of ochre in traditional life.
- The Ochre Pits area is a convergence of a variety of plant habitats so it is a great place to see a large variety of the plants of the West Macs.