Summary: Aboriginal engraving of a platypus, carved in an unusually simple style.

Located on a rock platform above Riverside Drive, is a solitary Aboriginal engraving of what has been described as both a male figure with a large penis, and a platypus. The figure is drawn in an unusual style for a human figure (with very simple stylized arms and legs), and the interpretation of this as a platypus is more likely.

AWAT2890 LR Ironbarks Platypus

Ironbarks Platypus - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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