Summary: Cathedral Rock is better known for its weathered and fractured sandstone surface, but also has Aboriginal hand strencils at its base.

While not an official Aboriginal rock art site, Cathedral Rock in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park has a few stencils at the base of the sandstone bluff. There’s a group of six or seven hand stencils, one of which includes the fore-arm.

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There’s another set of hand stencils on the wall of the sandstone bluff, which are in a lighter pigment and harder to make out.

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There is one stencil which appears to be a foot (the only non-hand-stencil).

Getting to Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock is signposted, with a trail from the Sandstone day-use area (but there’s no signage acknowledging the rock art). It’s a very short (190m) walk to the base of the sandstone bluff, which has been weathered and fractured into interesting geometric patterns.

Continue around the base of Cathedral Rock, to a broad ledge and overhang a couple of metres above the ground.

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