Summary: An Aboriginal rock shelter in Wollemi National, which contain over 40 motifs, including a number of deity figures.

Informally named the “Goddess Cave” after a striking figure which is likely to be a spiritual being, this low and long Aboriginal rock art shelter in the Wollemi National Park contains over 40 motifs. The motifs include a number of unusual figures in red, yellow, black and white, which are often superimposed.

Likely to be some form of deity, the “goddess” is one of the most prominent figures in the shelter.

Although quite faint, image enhancement reveals a figure which has three “fingers” on the back wall of the shelter. It may be the head-dress of a weathered deity.

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A very similar – and larger – figure is on the ceiling of the shelter.

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There is another faint, deity-like figure is on the shelter’s ceiling.

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Another interesting and complex panel includes six hand stencils, and two superimposed animals.

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There are a number of charcoal figures around the shelter.

There are also many figures in white, including a number of faint figures next to the boomerang stencil, and a hafted axe.

Axe Grinding Grooves

A creek near the shelter has over twenty axe grinding groove,

A single grinding groove is on a nearby rock ledge.

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