Summary: A small engraving of what may be a wombat, and axe grinding grooves, on a rock platform above the Tunnel Firetrail.

On a rock platform above the Tunnel Firetrail, surrounded by dense scrub, is a small Aboriginal engraving. It looks like a fake, or modern, engraving but was described by Campbell in 1899 as “A small tail-less animal, possibly a wombat. It is clearly and lightly cut, with punctures showing slightly”.

AWAT1666 LR Tunnel Trail Wombat

On the edge of rock platform are a number of axe grinding grooves around a shallow depression; an interesting location as there’s no reliable water source nearby.

Small stones are scattered across part of the platform; possibly a stone arrangement, although this was not noted by Cambell.

AWAT1673 LR Tunnel Trail Wombat

There would have been sweeping views from the platform, although tall trees now obscure the view in most directions.

AWAT1663 LR Tunnel Trail Wombat
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Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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