Summary: A whale and bird engraving, and number of “stone circles” formed by thousands of small pebbles arranged in neat circles.

A short distance from the Mackerel Trail and protected by thick scrub is an Aboriginal engraving of a large whale, about 25 feet long. Attached to the whale’s upper lip is an oval (similar to the Road to Nowhere whale in Garigal NP).

Whale near Mackerel TrailIMG 8354 LR Highlighted 1 Mackerel Trail – Whale

Near the whale and and also uite weathered is a flying ibis, with its wings sloping backwards and a fringed tail.

IMG 8350 LR Mackerel Trail – WhaleIMG 8350 LR highlighted Mackerel Trail – Whale

On the same rock platform as the ibis is a stone arrangement: “Loose stones have been gathered in patches” (McCarthy).

Large whale and ibis rock engravings and a stone arrangement near the Mackerel Trail

Mackerel Trail – Whale - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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