Summary: An Aboriginal engraving site on a spur beneath the Waratah Track, which may illustrate a fishing scene.

On a spur below the Waratah Track is an Aboriginal engraving site, which according to McCarthy “obviously illustrates a successful fishing excursion in nearby Coal and Candle Creek; the largest fish is probably a snapper”.

Fish Fish Small fish Man Marine creature Shield


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Set of three broad fish


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Large fish

Small fish

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Bream fish


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Male figure

Marine creature

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A shark ray or manta ray attacking a stingray


AWAT0836 LR Waratah Track Fishing Scene

Shield with median stripe

The rock platform is quite small, and surrounded by scrub. It mostly likely once had a nice view down to Coal and Candle Creek, but this is now obscured by trees.

One one side of the platform are two large fish, and two smaller fish.

A fourth, much smaller fish, described as a bream, is near the bottom of the platform.

A man is drawn with a “tall upright pointed triangular head, no eyes or neck, arms raised, right arm pointed”. (A woman, maybe the man’s wife, is no longer visible.)

The most interesting creature is an “ill-drawn figure of a marine creature, either a shark ray or manta ray, with a big conical head, no eyes, big fin on each side and three smaller tail fins – joined to its head is a stingray shaped figure, with oval body 2′ long and a single line tail, which the ray is apparently attacking”.

Also carved here is a shield, with a median stripe.

AWAT0836 LR Waratah Track Fishing Scene

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