Spirits Rock is at the end of the Cowan Trail (which branches off the Long Trail): a small, signposted Aboriginal engraving site with a number of carved figures. It suffered some damage in the 1970s from people riding across the platform, and some misguided efforts to regroove some of the figures. Near the centre of the Spirits Rock site is a large and detailed engraving of Baiame.

baiame Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail)
Source: Sydney Rock Art

The site features a number of men, in different poses.

IMG 1943 LR Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail)IMG 1943 LR highlighted Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail)

Another engraving of a man.

IMG 1939 LR Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail)IMG 1939 LR highlighted Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail)

Below this one of the men is a shield; it seems to have only a vertical line, which is unusual.

IMG 7394 LR Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail)IMG 7394 LR highlighted Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail)

Another two men near one another have what appears to be a a headress.

IMG 1941 LR Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail)IMG 1941 LR highlighted Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail)

Spirits Rock (Cowan Trail) - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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

ian jacobs · June 25, 2021 at 12:33 pm

It may be of some interest to know that all the engraved images of Daramullan and other sky heroes in the Sydney area are oriented with the head east of the body

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