Summary: Above Cowan Creek a small and remote site with a carving of a striped bandicoot, and two spirit figures.

On a a remote spur above Cowan Creek is a small rock platform with an Aboriginal engraving of what is most likely a bandicoot. It looks like a numbat (from its stripes and stance), but numbats were only found in the north-west of NSW. It’s been suggested that “it’s more likely to be a banded bandicoot (not extinct from the area) or a bandicoot-type animal with totemic barring. It’s remarkably well preserved” (Steve Chapple).

Numbat on spur above Cowan Creek

There’s two adjacent engravings, which were partially covered. They depict a female figure and a male spirit figure: the enhanced image below shows the full detail of this amazing site (photo from Rock Art of the Sydney Basin).

Two deities at Cowan Creek site, next to numbat

Cowan Track Bandicoot - Site Summary

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