Summary: The signposted Finchley cultural walk provides access to the Finchley Aboriginal Site, considered one of the best Aboriginal engraving sites in Australia.

The Finchley Aboriginal Site includes over 100 figures, including ancestral beings and an “emu woman”. There are four sites in close proximity.

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One of the sites (Series 1) was thought to represent a “koala totemic site visited by ancestral beings consisting of a large hermaphrodite, a man and a boy”. The ancestral being or anthropomorph below is holding a sword club.

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Another site (Series 3) consists of “two hunting compositions, emu and kangaroo, with the tracks of the animals but not of the hunters; the profile figure is probably a magician singing the emus”.

More information on Finchley Aboriginal Site

The Finchley Cultural Walk in Yengo National Park is accessible via the Yango Creek Road (from Wollombi or Laguna) then Upper Yango Creek Road, Finchley Track past Finchley Lookout and finally the Yango Track. These unsealed roads, but suitable for 2WD unless it’s very wet.

There are also Aboriginal tours, that provide more of an insight into the indigenous culture and engravings.

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Finchley Aboriginal Site - Site Summary

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