A clearly engraved site, featuring a detailed carving of an echidna and a very long line of mundoes (footprints).

On a large rock surface alongside West Head Road is a rock platform with over 80 motifs, most of them being mundoes (footprints), as well as an echidna, a number of fish and two shields. Many of the mundoes are quite weathered, but the fish are still quite distinct.

engraving EchidnaSite Echidna and Fish (West Head)

The echidna has 13 parallel curved stripes within the outline of the animal, a stylistic feature not common in the Sydney area.

AWAT1565 LR Echidna and Fish (West Head)

As well as the echidna, the other feature of the site is the long line of footprints (mundoes) – of which there are 75 in total.

Mundoes without highlighting Echidna and Fish (West Head)Mundoes with highlighting Echidna and Fish (West Head)

The mundoes lead away from a number of fish, which are of different shapes and sizes, and represent different species including a wobbegong shark.

It was suggested (McCarthy, Stanbury & Clegg) that the mundoes indicate a path to a good fishing place nearby, and may represent a mythological incident.

AWAT1576 LR Echidna and Fish (West Head)

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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