Aboriginal Engravings – Brisbane Water

There are over 350 Aboriginal sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park. These engraving sites include animals, birds, sea , animals, bird tracks, human footsteps, male and female figures, hunting weapons and ancestral beings. Many of the sites were documented by W. D. Campbell in 1899, and later by Fred McCarthy and Ian Sim.

Kariong

IMG_4534-LR Bulgandry
A timber boardwalk with interpretative signage circles a small site, with many engravings. The site is named after “Bulgandry Man” (left), who has an elaborate head dress and holds a round object in his right hand. There’s also a kangaroo, octopus, shark, fish and an eel. Next to the path are some axe-sharpening grooves. Recorded by Stanbury & Clegg, Sim and MacCarthy. View sketch.
Distance: 0.5km from carpark. Ease of Access: Easy
Quality: 5/5
Location:  Off Woy Woy Road (look for signs)
More info: Bulgandry Aboriginal Site
Bulgandry 2
A significant site, located near Bulgandry, which contains many Aboriginal engravings in a small but complex site. It includes a large whale, many overlapping figures and a “grub-like figure”. Recorded by Sim (Group 163, Series 3) and Campbell (Plate XXVIII, Figs 2 & 3). View sketch.
Distance: 0.5km. Ease of Access: Easy
Quality: 5/5
More info: Bulgandry 2 Aboriginal Site
Milyerra Road Trail – main site
Many figures scattered on a large rock platform, including two long lines of mundoes, fish, and a boomerang or moon. The site was documented by Sim (Group 167, Series 8) and Campbell (Plate XXV, Fig 1). View sketch.
Distance: 1km return. Ease of Access: Easy
Quality: 2/5
Location: On the Milyerra Road Fire Trail (Kariong)
More info: Milyerra Road Trail
awat7724-lr Milyerra Road Trail – mundoe
A solitary nine-toed mundoe
Distance: 2.2km return.
Ease of Acess: Moderate

Quality: 2/5
Location: Near Milyerra Road Fire Trail (Kariong)
More info: Milyerra Road Trail
awat7730-lr Milyerra Road Trail (Kariong) – fish
Two solitary fish, one of them with many peck marks on its body (may be a puffer fish).
Distance: 2.2km return
Ease of access: Moderate

Quality: 2/5
Location: Near Milyerra Road Fire Trail (Kariong)
More info: Milyerra Road Trail
awat7738-lr Milyerra Road Trail  – whale
A large rock platform with an enormous whale, featuring two tranverse lines across its body and measuring 40 foot in length. Recorded by Sim (Group 167, Series 4). View sketch.
Distance: 2.4km return
Ease of access: Moderate

Quality: 3/5
Location: Near Milyerra Road Fire Trail (Kariong)
More info: Milyerra Road Trail
awat7876-lr Milyerra Road Trail (Kariong) – kangaroo
On the same rock platform as the previous engraving is a large kangaroo, which is quite abraded. Recorded by Sim (Group 167, Series 3). View sketch.
Distance: 2.4km return
Ease of access: Moderate

Quality: 2/5
Location: Near Milyerra Road Fire Trail (Kariong)
More info: Milyerra Road Trail
awat7898-lr Milyerra Road Trail  – birds
A long but narrow rock ledge, with a small waterhole, has a number of engravings and three axe grinding grooves. Many of the engravings are almost impossible to make out.
Distance: 2.8km return
Ease of access: Moderate

Quality: 2/5
Location: Near Milyerra Road Fire Trail (Kariong)
More info: Milyerra Road Trail
awat7932-lr Milyerra Road Trail  – kangaroo
A large kangaroo, which is faint and quite hard to make out, on a small rock platform. Recorded by Sim (Group 167, Series 6). View sketch.
Distance: 2.9km return
Ease of access: Moderate

Quality: 2/5
Location: Near Milyerra Road Fire Trail (Kariong)
More info: Milyerra Road Trail
awat7958-lr Milyerra Road Trail  – turtle & figure
A rock platform above the Milyerra Trail has a small and unusual engraving of a figure wearing some kind of head-dress, and another motif that may be a turtle (which has been regrooved along slightly different lines).
Distance: 2.2km return.  Ease of access: Moderate
Quality: 1/5
Location: Near Milyerra Road Fire Trail (Kariong)
More info: Milyerra Road Trail
IMG_3205-LR Woy Woy Engraving Site – main site (2 groups)
This site is famous for its line “nine dancing rabbits” and features a number of figures and animals; it also has several cupmarks that appear to be man-made. They were recorded by Campbell (Plate XXVIII Fig 3-4) and Sim (Group 156). View site overview / sketch
Distance: 250m walk on rough (unmarked) track. Ease of Access: Moderate
Quality: 3/5
Location: Woy Woy Road
More info: Woy Woy Engraving Site
AWAT6401-LR Woy Woy Engraving Site – Shields
Further down the spur on another rock platform is a group of seven shield engravings. These were recorded Ian Sim (Group 157).  View sketch.
Distance: 500m walk on rough (unmarked) track. Ease of Access: Moderate
Quality: 3/5
Location: Woy Woy Road
More info: Woy Woy Engraving Site

Somersby

IMG_4563-LR Girrakool
An engraving of a man located on a rock platform along the Girrakool Loop walking track.
Distance: 150m walk from carpark. Ease of Access: Easy
Quality: 2/5
Location: Girakool Picnic Area at the end of Girakool Road
More info: Girrakool Loop buhwalk, Sydney Aboriginal Rock Engravings & Sydney Rock Art
AWAT7973-LR Mooney Mooney Aboriginal Area
Created in December 1979 and adjoining Brisbane Water National Park, this Aboriginal site protects a number of engravings. The figures include an enormous figure with an elaborate head dress, as well as fish, a kangaroo, eels and a lizard, which are on an enormous rock platform.
Distance: 200m walk from Old Pacific Highway. Ease of Access: Easy
Quality: 4/5
Location: Just off Old Pacific Highway, Somersby
More info: Sydney Rock Art

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