Summary: A fish and sword club in thick scrub near the Waratah Track (part of the Arden Trig series of Aboriginal engravings).

In thick scrub near the Waratah Track is a fish with a “long pointed head, rounded face, no eyes, good tail, with a hump on the head and an arc attached to the back for a fin, probably a snapper”.

AWAT0245 LR Waratah Trail Sword Club and Fish

Next to the fish is a “beautifully preserved” sword club.

AWAT0248 LR Waratah Trail Sword Club and Fish

It’s one of a series of Aboriginal engravings documented by McCarthy as the Arden Trig Station series; Campbell documented the fish – but the sword club.

On the same rock platform – and somewhat unexpectedly as it’s hidden in thick scrub – is a more moden engraving of what is perhaps a spaceship.

AWAT0251 LR Waratah Trail Sword Club and Fish

Waratah Trail Sword Club and Fish - Site Summary

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.
Yengo National Park was an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years, and 640 Aboriginal cultural sites are recorded in the park and nearby areas.
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.
There are about 300 recorded Aboriginal heritage sites in Wollemi National Park, with the rugged and remote environment meaning many sites are yet to be "discovered" and recorde.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water 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.
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