Summary: An intriguing Aboriginal engraving site near the Wallaroo Track, with five men (in two groups) as well as a number of other figures including boomerangs and mundoes.

In the wide bed of a small creek above a waterfall near the Wallaroo Track is a small but fascinating Aboriginal engraving site. There are two groups of male figures: the top group consists of three, partially overlapping men.

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All three men in this group have carved quite stylistically, with upraised arms, pointed legs (with no feet) and a very angular head. To the right of the men is a circle or oval figure.

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By comparison, the two men beneath this group are drawn more realistically, with quite distinct feet and hands (and with fingers on their hands), and they have hair or lines radiating from their heads.

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Although these men are only a few metres from the other two, there is a lot more detail in these carvings.

Below the pair of men is another circle.

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There are a number of mundoes around the site.

Near the bottom of the site are two crescents or boomerangs.

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Just next to these motifs is a mundoe, inside a crescent shape.

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Below the “mundoe in a crescent” is another mundoe and an indeterminate object, and next to these figures is another faint crescent.

Wallaroo Track Men - Site Summary

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