An Aboriginal engraving site depicting four leaping kangaroos on a huge rock platform below Mount Murray Anderson.

An Aboriginal engraving site on one of the huge rock platforms below Mount Murray Anderson. Campbell documented this site in 1898, describing it as “two kangaroos and two wallabies, depicted in an unusually energetic manner”.

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MCarthy later described the site as a “file of four leaping kangaroos” fleeing from hunters (rather than two wallabies and two kangarooes). There’s a little poetic licence in the description, as one solitary roo is carved about 20m away from the other three.

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Three of the kangaroos (or wallabies) are positioned head to tail, as if fleeing in a procession.

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All four kangaroos are lightly cut, but the grooves still very distinct – perhaps because the sandstone is very hard.

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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