Summary: Aboriginal engraving site which represents a man with fish which are his totem (or which he hopes to catch) near the Waratah Track. (Part of the Arden Trig series.)

On the opposite side of the road to the Waratah Track are a group of figures representing a man with fish which are his totem (or which he hopes to catch). This site is part of the Arden Trig Station group of Aboriginal engravings. The main figure is the man who is in “an active pose”; above his head is one of the five fish carved near him.

AWAT5835 LR highlighted Waratah Track Man and Fish

While the bottom half of the mean is quite weathered and his feet are hard to see, his upper torso is fairly distinct. His hair is bound in a conical coil, and he has five triangular fingers on each hand.

AWAT5841 LR Waratah Track Man and Fish

Directly above the man is a bream-like fish.

AWAT5849 LR Waratah Track Man and Fish

Some of the figures at this site are covered in leaves and debris; two more fish can be seen poking out from leaf litter next to the man’s outstretched arm.

AWAT5850 LR Waratah Track Man and Fish
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Aboriginal Sites by National Park

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.
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. Many more Aboriginal heritage sites are located in the Marramarra National Park. The original inhabitants of the 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.