Summary: A very long but shallow overhang with a series of alcoves, the Banksia Shelter in the McPherson State Forest includes two large Aboriginal paintings in red ochre.

The southernmost of a cluster of four shelters within the McPherson State Forest, the Banksia Shelter is a tall but very shallow overhang. It has has five alcoves or niches, which contain Aboriginal drawings.

AWAT5695 LR Banksia Shelter

The first alcove contains a red figure; it’s hard to determine what it represents.

The second alcove hs a vertical figure, also in red ochre, of what seems to be a large lizard.

The third alcove has faint red lines emanating from what appears to be a natural hole in the sandstone.

AWAT5711 LR Banksia Shelter

The last two alcoves don’t appear to to have any art, although the last one has interesting natura; patterns.

AWAT5714 LR Banksia Shelter

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Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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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.
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