Four interrelated sites around the America Bay track at West Head, depicting different scenes.

Along the America Bay Track are two significant sites; one of them was previously signposted but the signage has now been removed (as is the case with many sites, where visitation is discouraged). Two additional sites are in the vicinity of the America Bay Track.

America Bay top site

The upper America Bay site has a number of overlapping figures, with a whale in the middle of the group.

Within and overlapping the large whale is the figure of a woman and a stingray (or skate), and next to the whale is a goanna.

Daramulan site

To the west of the main site is a representation of Daramulan, an ancestral creation being and the son of Baiame and Bootha, and a number of additional figures.

A large Darumalan figure dominates the site – these ancestral beings are said to possess a deep thundering voice) and are always depicted with one leg. Below his foot is a boomerang, and within the figure is a mundoe. Another seven mundoes above the figure (some very shallow) lead away from the rock towards Topham Hill, another very significant area with multiple engraving sites.

Next to the Daramulan figure is a small fish, and below his foot a goanna.

Man Striking Wallaby

Another site above a small waterfall depicts man and wallaby (although the man is very hard to make out): “they depict a man, below natural size, striking a wallaby with a boomerang, and a number of straight lines which probably belong to an unfinished figure. The site is an obvious habitat of rock and scrub wallabies but it is not possible to determine whether the hunter stalked and struck his victim, or whether he threw his boomerang…” (McCarthy Group 34).

Near the wallaby and very hard to discren are some “unfinished” lines which resemble a shield, and a stingray.

Kangaroo and Shield

On the opposite side of West Head Road to the America Bay track is a large kangaroo and shield, on adjacent rock platforms.

The kangaroo was recorded and described by Campbell as “a very fine figure of a kangaroo over eighteen feet long, with all four legs shown and open mouth.” (Plate 17 Fig 5).

On an adjoining rock platform is a shield, with many of the puncture marks still clearly visible.

More info:

  • Aboriginal carvings of Port Jackson and Broken Bay. W. D. Campbell. 1899. Plate 17 Fig 5 (p.63) and Plate 19 Fig 1 (p.62)
  • A Field Guide to Aboriginal Rock Engravings. Peter Stanbury & John Clegg. 1990. pp.60-62

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