Along the Resolute Track are a number of scattered Aboriginal engraving sites. These include the signposted Resolute Aboriginal Engraving Site.

Along the Resolute Track at West Head are a number of scattered Aboriginal engraving sites. Most of them were recorded by Ian Sim in 1965, and a few by W.D. Campbell much earlier in 1898.

Resolute Track engravings
Snake (Sim Group 140 Series 2) Man with Club (Sim Group 140 Series 1) Leg (Sim Group 140 Series 1) Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 1) Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 1) Fish (Sim Group 140 Series 1) Kangaroo (Sim Group 140 Series 1) Fish (Sim Group 140 Series 4) Shark (Sim Group 140 Series 4) Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 4) Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 4) Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 4) Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 4) Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5) Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5) Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5) Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5) Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5) Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5) Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5)

Snake (Sim Group 140 Series 2)

Aboriginal engraving of doubled-up snake near Resolute Track

A "headless snake, bent double” and about six feet long.

Man with Club (Sim Group 140 Series 1)

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A man with outstretched arms, and what appears to be a massive knob-headed club across his waist.

Leg (Sim Group 140 Series 1)

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Directly below the man is the leg of another man.

Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 1)

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One of two eels above the Man with Club

Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 1)

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One of two eels above the Man with Club

Fish (Sim Group 140 Series 1)

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One of three fish on the western side of the platform which is still visible.

Kangaroo (Sim Group 140 Series 1)

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A kangaroo and fish 18 feet south-west of the Man with Club, described as “fading though weathering” over a hundred years ago.

Fish (Sim Group 140 Series 4)

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One of two fish recorded by Sim; the other one is covered by soil.

Shark (Sim Group 140 Series 4)

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A tiger shark, with open mouth.

Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 4)

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One of five eels recorded by Sim, next to Resolute Track

Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 4)

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One of five eels recorded by Sim, next to Resolute Track

Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 4)

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One of five eels recorded by Sim, next to Resolute Track

Eel (Sim Group 140 Series 4)

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One of five eels recorded by Sim, next to Resolute Track

Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5)

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A line of six mundoes, on an isolated rock platform

Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5)

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A line of six mundoes, on an isolated rock platform

Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5)

AWAT9853 LR Resolute Track Aboriginal engraving sites

A line of six mundoes, on an isolated rock platform

Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5)

AWAT9852 LR Resolute Track Aboriginal engraving sites

A line of six mundoes, on an isolated rock platform

Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5)

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A line of six mundoes, on an isolated rock platform

Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5)

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A line of six mundoes, on an isolated rock platform

Mundoe (Sim Group 140 Series 5)

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A line of six mundoes, on an isolated rock platform

The largest Aboriginal engraving site is signposted and easily accessible via the the Resolute Track from the Resolute Picnic Area. Or take the 4km Resolute Loop Trail, which is one of the best bushwalks at West Head – it goes past the sites below, as well as visiting the Red Hands Cave (another Aboriginal site).

Resolute Track Aboriginal Engraving Site (Sim Group 140, Series 1)

The biggest site is the signposted Resolute Track Aboriginal Engraving Site, which has a very clear engraving of a Man with Club and some eels nearby.

Man with Club Aboriginal engraving along Resolute Track

At the eastern side of the site are three fish (only one is now visible) and an angular line, which is “perhaps a fin or tail of a whale or shark”.

There’s also a very faded engraving in between the Man with Club and the fish. It’s most likely a kangaroo and fish, documented by W.D. Campbell in 1989 (Plate 17, Fig 1) and already described as very weathered over a hundred years ago. From the eastern end of the sites is a nice view over Pittwater and the Barrenjoey Peninsula.

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Resolute Track Snake Engraving (Sim Group 140, Series 2)

Above the Resolute Track on a separate rock platform is the Resolute Track Snake Engraving, a “doubled up” snake about six feet in length.

Aboriginal engraving of doubled-up snake near Resolute Track

Resolute Track Snake Engraving (Sim Group 140, Series 4)

The Resolute Track Eel engravings are right next to the Resolute Track, about 80m past the main (signposted) Aboriginal engraving site. The site has five eels and and a tiger shark, all fairly distinct.

One the opposite side of the track and part of the same group are two fish, one of them quite clear and the other covered by soil.

Resolute Track Mundoes (Sim Group 140, Series 5)

The Resolute Track Mundoes is a line of six mundoes above the Resolute Track, pointing south-west.

Resolute Track Whale (Sim Group 141)

As well as an enormous Aboriginal engraving of a whale above the Resolute Track, the Resolute Track Whale site has a small fish and several faint lines which suggest the outline of another whale.

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Resolute Track Small Man

A fairly small Aboriginal engraving of a small man, with upstretched arms, was recently recorded just above the Resolute Track.

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Resolute Track Hands and Mundoes

Below the Resolute Track is a shelter with a faint hand stencil and a mundoe, and another shelter (Little Hands) which has some very distinct hand prints.

Summary of Resolute Track engraving sites

Site NameNo. MotifsMotifsAHIMS ID
Resolute Track Aboriginal Engraving Site9Man with belt, fish, eels45-6-0142
Resolute Track Kangaroo1Kangaroo and Fish45-6-3772
Resolute Track Snake1Snake45-6-3773
Resolute Track Leaping Wallaby1Wallaby (not found)N/A
Resolute Track Eels8Eels, fish, shark45-6-3775/6
Resolute Track Mundoes6Mundoes45-6-3774
Resolute Track Small Man1ManTBA
Resolute Track Whale2Whale, fish45-6-0143
Resolute Faint Hands1Hand stencil45-6-3919
Resolute Mundoes and V Engs5Mundoes45-6-3920
Little Hands12Hand stencils45-6-1764

Indigenous sites by National Park

Over 40 sites have been recorded within the park; many were located along the river bank and were flooded by the building of the weir in 1938.
Many sites Aboriginal engraving sites across the inner suburbs of Sydney have been destroyed or are very weatheredl. The sites which remain are isolated from their natural environment.
Located to the north-west of Sydney, just south of the Dharug and Yengo National Parks. Maroota has a high concentration of (known) Aboriginal sites. The original inhabitants of the Maroota area were the Darug people.
Yengo National Park was an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years, and 640 Aboriginal cultural sites are recorded in the park and nearby areas.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
Over a hundred Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the Hornsby region, with many of these in the Berowra Valley National Park and around the suburb of Berowra.

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