Summary: An Aboriginal rock enrgraving site below the Waratah Track, described as depicting a successful emu hunt,

Below the Waratah Track on a large and tesselated rock platform is an interesting Aboriginal rock engraving site. It was described by McCarthy as depicting “a sucessful emu hunt, in a north-south line, which possibly took place on the scrubby flat bottom of the valley to the east… this is the only emu-hunt known to me among the Sydney-Hawkesbury district rock engravings”.

The largest figure is an emu, which is almost three metres in length. It has a spear (which is not easily visible) in the middle of its back.

Next to the emu is a man (about 1.7m in height), who is likely the hunter. One of the legs has a distinctive bulge, described as a “boomerang leg”.

A second, much smaller (1m high) young emu is between the man and another human figure.

The last figure is very weathered, and may be the hunter’s wife. It was described as “either a second hunter or possibly the wife of the other man as a breast is indicated

There’s some nice views to the south from the end of the long rock platform.

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