Very weathered site with an unusual feathered emu, as well as multiple kangaroos and axe grinding grooves

These engravings has been significantly weathered, with the site situated partly in the rocky bed of a creek.

McCarthy Series 1

The group consists of four male kangaroos or wallabies, an emu and a dingo. The emu, drawn with a design that illustrates its feathers and tail, overlaps one of the kangaroos. Both figures are quite hard to determine, although the heads of both the emu and kangaroo and still obvious.


A small distance above the creek are two more kangaroos, which have been covered by soil and moss over the years.

The fourth kangaroo and dingo seem to have been completely weathered away; a detailed review of the site in 1989 found the dingo was no longer visible. McCarthy recorded 19 axe grinding grooves (as well as water channels) in and around the potholes in the creek, of which 11 are still visible.

McCarthy Series 2

An adjacent group of two kangaroos or wallabies and a snake (or earth worm) could not be located in a 1989 site survey.

The site was described by McCarthy in 1958 as “apparently a favoured resting spot of the Aboriginal men, who ground the blades of their aces and depicted game in the vicinity“.

Indigenous sites by National Park

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.
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.
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. The original inhabitants of the Maroota area were the Darug people.
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.
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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