While there are tens of thousands of indigenous rock art sites in Australlia, some are hard to access, some are on private land – and many are deliberately kept hidden to prevent damage. The list of Aboriginal rock art sites below are either officially signposted or already in the public domain.
Have a look at Aboriginal Rock Art around Sydney for more information on rock art in the greater Sydney area, and a more comprehensive list of sites.
An engraving of a whale around six metres in length, within the tail of which there is faded, but just-visible man.
An enormous Aboriginal engraving site, which was the first to be visited by Europeans in 1788. There are over 100 figures representing different scenes.
The Basin Aboriginal Site is a significant, signposted rock engraving site along the Basin Track. It has 53 figures, and interpretative signage.
An Aboriginal engraving of a turtle at Ben Buckler Point - the only remaining figure from a small site which had five carvings.
A short side-track off the Bobbin Head Trail to a signposted Aboriginal engraving site, which has a broad range of motifs.
A small but sigificant Aboriginal engraving site in Bondi, these engravings are located within the Bondi Golf Course. Controversial re-grooving of the site in the 196os means that most of the engravings are still very distinct.
The Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place is one of the most-visited engraving sites around Sydney. It's named after the prominent Bulgandry Man engraving.
Aboriginal rock carving of a kangaroo in the middle of the Centre Trail at West Head.
The Daleys Point Aboriginal Site is signposted site with pver 20 rock engavings (incuding five shales), cave paintings and axe grinding grooves.
Accessible by four-wheel drive (or by walking), this deeply spiritual site is located along the Boree track and includes the spirit footprints of Biame.
The Elvina Aboriginal Site is easily accessed from the Elvina Track at West Head. This significant site contains over 50 figures, including an enormous six metrs high deity figure.
The signposted Finchley cultural walk provides access to the Finchley Aboriginal Site, considered one of the best Aboriginal engraving sites in Australia.
A signposted Aboriginal rock art site in Blackdown National Park, the Ghungalu Art Site is along the Goon Goon Dhina Trail. It has mostly hand stencils in red ochre.
The Gibberagong Track has a signposted site with an Aboriginal engraving (of a single human figure, fish ane shield) and a number of axe-sharpening grooves.
The Girrakool Aboriginal site has a carving of a man located on a rock platform along the Girrakool Loop walking track.
Located along the popular Spit to Manly bushwalk, the Grotto Point Aboriginal Site included boomerangs, fish, sharks and a large kangaroo. The engravings are about 1,000 years old and have interpretative signage.
The Howe Aboriginal Area is one of the most important ceremonial Aboriginal rock engraving sites in the Sydney area. Figures includes an enormous Daramulan and three Rainbow-Serpents.
A significant, signposted Aboriginal engraving site in the Royal National Park, the Jibbon Head Engravings are a short walk from Bundeena. The carvings can be seen from an elevated boardwalk with interpretive signage.
The ledges along Keep River were a wet season shelter for the Miriwoong people, with the rock art remaining as evidence of their presence.
Traversed by the Milyerra Road Fire Trail, a large, tesselated rock platform contains a number of weathered engravings
Minerva Pool in the Dharawal National Park is a sacred women's place for the Aboriginal Dharawal People.
A significant Aboriginal cultural site, the Moon Rock Aboriginal Site was declared an Aboriginal Place in 2016. The site has over 50 engravings, including tools and weapons used and to catch animals that were eaten in the area.
An extensive group of engravings, the Mooney Mooney Aboriginal Area includes many kangaroos, two rainbow serpents and many other figures.
An impressive collection of motifs in red, white and black at the Mungana Rock Art site (one of two publicly accessible Aboriginal art sites in the Chillagoe area). The art surrounded by high limestone cliffs.
A large whale engraving next to the Peats Crater Trail in Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Nearby is a wallaby and two circles (which may represent squid or food for the whale).
A signposted site next to Quarter Sessions Road has an Aboriginal engraving depicting a pair of leaping kangaroos.
One of the best showcases of Aboriginal art in the area, the singposted Red Hands Cave at West Head has multiple red ochre handprints.
An impressive display of red, yellow and white Aboriginal hand stencils in a long shelter. The Red Hands Cave is reached via 1km return walk from the end of REd Hands Firetrail or a longer 8.2km bushwalk along Campfire Creek.
The signposted Resolute Track Aboriginal Engraving Site is a short walk from the Resolute Picnic Area. It has several figures, including a man with a club across his waist.
Sacred Canyon in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park has Aboriginal engraving on the walls of the gorge representing camp sites, springs and water holes.
At the end of the Slade Lookout Track is "fake" engraving of an emu or waterfowl, and a lizard that is almost directly underneath the bird.
The Wheeler Heights Aboriginal Site is large site documented by W.D. Campbell in 1899, who described it as “one of the finest groups the Writer has come across”. The scenes include two men fighting and a successful kangaroo hunt.
The Wullumba Rock Art site is one of two publicly accessible Aboriginal art sites in the Chillagoe area. The art is on the base of a high limestone outcrop.