A complex site across at multiple adjacent platforms, which includes a very long line of footprints (mundoes) and a depiction of Baiame.

A large number of engravings are located along a series of wide, long platforms at the head of a creek. Accessed via the Long Trail, the site was referred to as the “Roach Trig Station” by McCarthy.

The main site has a depiction of what might be Baiame with upstretched arms; beneath him is a smaller version, whose arms are also stretching upwards.

Baiame at Long Trail / Roach Trig Station site

Nearby is another man, this time with outstretched arms,

Man at Long Trail East / Roach Trig Station site

A long line of mundoes (17) leads away from the man above, across the rock platform.

Above the man and at the end of the line of mundies are four ovals.

Nearby is what was described as a young seal (a rare subject).

Seal at Long Trail East / Roach Trig Station site

Next to the seal are a number of axe grinding grooves.

Axe grinding grooves at Long Trail East / Roach Trig Station site

At the top of this rock platform, and previously covered by vegetation (which may explain why it was not documented by Campbell or McCarthy) is a figure most likely depicting a dingo.

Dingo at Long Trail East / Roach Trig Station site

An adjacent rock platfiorm contains a school of breamlike fish .

School of fish at Long Trail East / Roach Trig Station site

Some engravings are more weathered than others: McCarthy describes most of the figures as weathered, while the man and six fish are “clearly cut”. Figure 2 (below) was thought to represent a mythological incident in which the man and shield were re-grooved for a ritual. It’s worth noting that the site descriptions by Campbell and McCarthy differ somewhat, and neither of them recoded some of the motifs (like the dingo).

Indigenous sites by National Park

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.
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. The original inhabitants of the Maroota area were the Darug people.
Yengo National Park was an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years, and 640 Aboriginal cultural sites are recorded in the park and nearby areas.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
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.

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