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.

MG 9951 LR Finchley Aboriginal Site

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Aboriginal Sites by National Park

A review of different techniques for photographing Aboriginal rock art. This includdes oblique flash, chain and planar mosaic imaging which combines hundreds of overlapping photos.
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. Many more Aboriginal heritage sites are located in the Marramarra National Park. The original inhabitants of the area were the Darug people.
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.