Summary: A shark, two eels and large fish (originally thought to be a koala) on a rock platform in a valley above The Basin

Recorded as the “Koala Engraving” site, this Aboriginal engraving site between the Bairne Track and The Basin doesn’t actually include a koala… Accessed via a fairly strenuous “bush bash”, the small rock platform above a small creek contains a few figures. The most obvious motif is a shark (or large fish), near the top of the sloping rock platform.

AWAT6970 LR Basin Koala Engraving

Inside the shark’s body are what appear to be three boomerangs.

AWAT6979 LR Basin Koala Engraving

To the left of the shark are a pair of eels, engraved “nose to nose”. One of them is incomplete.

To the right of the shark and and on a fairly steep part of the rock platform is what appears to be another fish. This engraving was orginally as potentially being a koala, as it’s head is a unusually-shaped for a fish.

AWAT6986 LR Basin Koala Engraving

Nearby is what appears to be a single axe grinding groove.

AWAT6960 LR Basin Koala Engraving

Basin Koala Engraving - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by 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.
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.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
A review of different techniques for photographing Aboriginal rock art. This includdes oblique flash, chain and planar mosaic imaging which combines hundreds of overlapping photos.
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. Many more Aboriginal heritage sites are located in the Marramarra National Park. The original inhabitants of the area were the Darug people.
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.
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