Summary: Two adjacent indigenous heritage sites along Mount Irvine Road near Bilpin. One has axe grinding grooves, and the other hand stencils.

Along the Mount Irvine are are two adjacent Aboriginal sites, with axe grinding grooves (AGGs) and hand stencils. On the upper side of the firetrail are a number of waterholes on a large rock platform.

At least one of the potholes has some axe grinding grooves.

On the lower side of the road is a large cave, with views over the valley below.

initials painted on the walls dating back to the 1930s and the remain of cooking implements and furniture show that this cave has been used and visited for some time.

There are also ten hand stencils on the rear wall and ceiling, mostly in white pigment (a couple are in yellow).

The upper site may correspond to Ian Sim’s Site 2 (Blue Mountains) in the Sim Collection, where he describes “A large inderminate object, 2 kangaroo tracks, several lines and punctures and more than 100 axe grinding grooves” – however the number of AGGs here is significantly less than a hundred.

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Aboriginal Sites by 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.
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.