Summary: An Aboriginal engraving of a "dancing man", axe grinding grooves and a water channel on a long rock platform below the Waratak Trail.

On a long rock platform north of the Waratah Trail is an Aboriginal engraving of a man wearing a headdress, described by Campbell as a “man in a dancing pose”.

AWAT2107 LR highlighted 1 Waratah Trail Dancing Man

McCarthy later added a more detailed description, describing the man as having “his body turned to his left and his right leg turned outward in an animated and alert posture. He apparently represents a spirit or a man performing a ritual. A very difficult position to depict, particularly the position of his right leg”.

AWAT2106 LR Waratah Trail Dancing Man

At the northern end of the rock platform are some small rock pools. There is an axe grinding groove above the waterhole, as well as a water channel beside it.

Waratah Trail Dancing Man - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

Over a hundred Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the Hornsby region, with many of these in the Berowra Valley National Park and around the suburb of Berowra.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
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.
Many sites Aboriginal engraving sites across the inner suburbs of Sydney have been destroyed or are very weatheredl. The sites which remain are isolated from their natural environment.
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.
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.
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