Summary: The main engraving is a large whale, about 11m in length, with an unusually large mouth. Near the whale are two boomerangs and a small figure.

A small group of engravings just below the top of a spur: it was thought to depict a magician performing magic to entice a whale to become stranded. The whale is about 34 feet long with two large pectoral fin and a wide open mouth.

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In front of the whale’s mouth is a small man in ceremonial attire

The site also has a shield and two boomerangs.

The whale was used as the artwork on the concrete wall of the Warringah Freeway near the Willoughby Road overpass.

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Source: Sydney Rock Art

There are five figures in total, all in close proximity.

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Sketch of Bluff Track site

Bluff Track Whale - Site Summary

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Natural Bridge Loop (Garigal NP) | Hiking the World · August 23, 2021 at 11:01 pm

[…] reached the Bay Track, I make a small off-track detour to re-visit the Bluff Track Whale Aboriginal engraving site, which I couldn’t see very well on my last bushwalk (I reached them […]

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