Above Cowan Creek a small and remote site with a carving of a numbat, 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

Indigenous sites by National Park

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.
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.
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. The original inhabitants of the Maroota area were the Darug people.
Yengo National Park was an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years, and 640 Aboriginal cultural sites are recorded in the park and nearby areas.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water 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.

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Wildflowers on the Cowan Trail - Hiking the World · May 18, 2021 at 11:19 pm

[…] been told about a newly discovered Cowan Creek Aboriginal site, although even knowing its rough location it was hard to find. It’s most likely a numbat […]

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