Summary: A shelter with spectacular Aboriginal drawings in the McPherson State Forest. Figures include snakes, macropods and an echidna in charcoal, red ochre and white ochre.

Near the Crane Ridge Trail in the McPherson State Forest is a low and unassuming shelter, which contains a number of Aboriginal cave drawings.

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The largest panel is stunning, containing at least 30 figures, many of them overlapping.

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Two snakes, a macropod (probably a wallaby or kangaroo) and human figures with upraised arms are the most obvious figures. Many other figures in black charcoal are less obvious.

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Behind the charcoal art are drawings in red ochre, which may be older.

On the ceiling of the cave in red ochre are two figures which may represent coolamons (a traditional Aboriginal carrying vessel with curved sides).

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There is another of these motifs on the wall of the shelter.

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A figure drawn in white ochre may be an echidna.

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