A large site documented by W.D. Campbell in 1899, who described it as “one of the finest groups the Writer has come across”. Carvings include a line of mundoes and a successful kangaroo hunt.

The Wheeler Heights Aboriginal Site is situated on a large rock saddle within Red Hill Reserve, between Wheeler and Middle Creeks.

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Among the many engraved figures are two kangaroos and two hunters, which represent the chase and spearing of kangaroos during a hunt.

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Both kangaroos have been speared.

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Source: Sydney Rock Art

Above the two kangaroos are two men (hunters), one of whom has an axe or club.

At the centre of the site and very weathered are another two men who appear to be fighting; both carry a boomerang in their right hand.

The site also has a number of fish, dolphins, seal, skates (stingrays) and sharks.

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Source: Sydney Rock Art

One of the more unusual engravings is that of what is either a sistrum (a “shell jingling instrument looped into a circle” (Cambell) ” or a “shell ornament” (McCarthy).

In total, the site contains 143 figures, of which 91 are mundoes (footprints). Not all the figures are obvious: Campbell described a “grotesque looking figure which may be a seal” and next to it a deity, while McCarthy many years later simply described it as a “marine creature” and the deity as a man.

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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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