Washtub Gully near Berowra Waters has a number of engravings in a creek bed, with ochre drawings of fish in a nearby cave shelter.

A narrow ledge at the foot of Washtub Creek near Berowra Waters has a number of Aboriginal engravings; the creek derives it’s name from European settlers using the circular rockpools to wash clothes.

Washtub Gully near Berowra Waters

There’s many different species of fish, including a line of six bream, a flathead and a narrow mullet (there are 15 fish engravings in total).

The line of bream is being attacked by a bird, described by McCarthy as a shag (cormorant).

Line of bream being attacked by a bird at Washpool Gully (Berowra Waters)

A composite image by Sydney Rock Art better captures this scene.

Source: Sydney Rock Art

Above the fish is an animal, described as either a “native cat” (numbat or quoll) or a possum.

Below Washtub Gully and just above the low tide mark is a small shelter, with a two fish painted in red ochre visible amongst much recent graffiti.

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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