Summary: A large weathered whale (over six metres in length) along the Koolewong Ridge Firetrail. It was first documented by W.D. Campbell.

This large whale on a rock platform near the Koolewong Ridge Firetrail was sketched by W.D. Campbell in 1899, but not described in the text. It was documented many years later by Fred McCarthy as a whale with “long, pointed head, two eyes, pair of pectoral and another dorsal fins, oval body curved with tail at an angle to the body as in diving, 5 bars across the body, bar across both pectoral fins and both tail fins, outline of body continued to form the bar on one of the pectoral fins, and the middle bar across the body terminates at the bar across the opposite pectoral fins, good tail. It has an unusual number of bars across the body and the tail is curved downward more than in other whale figures. An important decorated figure.

AWAT0180 LR Koolewong Trail Whale

The whale is quite weathered, and while you can still make out most of the upper body, the tail is very hard to see.

AWAT0183 LR Koolewong Trail Whale

Koolewong Trail Whale - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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.
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.
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.
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.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
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