Summary: An Aboriginal engraving of a deity (Daramulan) figure near the Duckholes Trail.

Near the Duckholes Trail in Terrey Hills is an Aboriginal engraving of a deity figure: “a fine culture-hero of the Daramulan type, almost 10 feet high, with one human leg, emu-like body, one arm bearing very long fingers and a long head…”.

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The figure is engraved quite deeply, and is quite distinct.

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A “leaping kangaroo” is located nearby.

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By comparison this figure is very weathered.

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While you can make out the head of the roo, part of its body has weathered away.

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Duckholes Daramulan - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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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.
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An exploratory loop along McCarrs Creek | Hiking the World · October 17, 2021 at 3:53 pm

[…] make a short detour to look at the Duckholes Daramulan Aboriginal engraving site. I had photographed the Daramulan figrure before, but couldn’t find […]

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