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Aboriginal Grinding Grooves at Kings Tableland

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published April 23rd 2013
Join us as we delve into The Kings Tableland's Aboriginal history.

Kings Tableland Aboriginal site is a camping and meeting place of great significance to "Gundungurra people"

Jamieson Valley

The Kings Table Plateau, is one of the places where first sightings of white man in the Blue Mountains occurred. The Aboriginals kept Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth in sight from here, as they crossed distant ridges. There were no battles but this was significant to the Aboriginals, seeing white man coming inland. Hence the gathering place so they could keep their eye on white men and figure out what their intentions were in the Blue Mountains.

At the top of Kings Tableland Plateau, you venture across the rocky surface that has scattered groove markings created by Aboriginals sharpening spears, grinding them against the rocks, and sharpening axeheads.

axe head and spear sharing grooves. Image by Clytemnestra from Wikipedia

Along the ridge are stone arrangement/tin tins (stacks of stones and sand mounds), this site may have been corroboree grounds. The tin tins (as I know them) were used for giving directions, by stacking rocks on top of each other or a rock to the left said 'turn left'.

There are incredible, spectacular views of the Jamieson Valley and Wild Dog Mountains in the distance.

View towards Ingar Picinic Area from the Plateau

Kings Tableland Site Map

The Gundungurra people used Kings Tableland as a meeting place with neighbouring groups traveling (walkabout) and walking along their traditional walking track (The Great Western Highway and the Ingar Fire Trail - which today is a picnic area with a dam/pool) The Gundungurras camped here on their way to Wentworth Falls and Katoomba for employment as late as the turn of the 19th century.

Groove Markings all over the Plateau

Take the track under the plateau and you will see the oldest Aboriginal site in the Blue Mountains, with kangaroo/wallaby and emu track artwork. Soil deposits and stones found in the core date back 22, 000 years. These were found in a rock shelter - below the Plateau. It's a breathtaking walk around the base of the plateau.

Log steps down to the cave artwork

The Gundungurra people and other tribes were known at times to remove a large piece of bark from a tree and use it as a shield or tray. Scars in the trees are visible and vary in size.

The views are spectacular and great photo opportunities.

Anther walk you may be interested in is Rocket Point
Walk around the abandoned Queen Victoria Hospital.

Queen Victoria Hospital- courtesy of the Blue Mountains NPWS

Visit Kings Tableland Observatory, with two modern telescopes and a flat screen planetarium.

The Kings Tableland Road is an unpaved road that runs south from Wentworth Falls along the clifftops above Kedumba Walls.

Turn left at the Queen Victoria Hospital for the Aboriginal Groovings. There is a open area to the right just after you turn with a gate stating Private Property. This is not private property. This gate was put up by NPWS to stop people from driving onto the grooving and rock face. Park here and walk in.

It's an easy to medium grade walk that will take approximately 45 minutes and is almost 1km each way. The walk to the the plateau is 5 -10 min from the car.

As always Blue Mountains NPWS look after this site and it's always a great idea to check with them before going.

Map of Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place
Latitude: -33.74256656430
Longitude: 150.38376795500

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