Summary: An Aboriginal engraving site with five coolamons (water containers) and an axe grinding groove near the Basin Trail

On a large rock platform about 15m from the Basin Trail are a five figures described as coolamons: “a traditional Aboriginal carrying vessel with curved sides. Their shape, like a canoe, suggests the journey of life”.

AWAT5703 LR Coolamon Rock

A wallaby, boomerang and an indeterminate object were also recorded on the rock platform; these figures are thought to be fake.

Coolamon Rock - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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