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Clifftop Aboriginal Engravings at Dobroyd Head

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Published January 22nd 2017
Kangaroos, whales and boomerangs atop Grotto Point Cliffs
Sydney Harbour, Aboriginal Engravings, Aboriginal site, national park, North Harbour,
View towards North Head - image taken by writer


A series of well established aboriginal engravings can be found along the cliff tops of Dobroyd Head at a sacred and powerful site directly opposite North Head. I was very pleased to discover these beautiful engravings while walking along the Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walk (MSW).

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Look out for the sign - image taken by writer


Within Sydney Harbour National Park, there is a little sign with a carved hand to watch out for as the North Harbour track ascends past Grotto Point Lighthouse and this leads to the carefully maintained historic engraving site. Each of these special engravings is surrounded by timber enclosures to keep the images from further erosion and there are convenient signs explaining the cultural significance of each one and a bird's eye view of the site.

Sydney Harbour, Aboriginal Engravings, Aboriginal site, national park, North Harbour,
Fish engraving - image taken by writer


These rare sandstone engravings were created by the Kuringai People of the Eora group who inhabited the Sydney Harbour region prior to European settlement. The highly significant engravings include a huge kangaroo (maybe proof of mega fauna?) as well as whales, boomerangs, and other local fish.

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Clear signage - image taken by writer


Sydney Harbour, Aboriginal Engravings, Aboriginal site, national park, North Harbour,
Kangaroo engraving - image taken by writer


Aside from the historic engravings, the views across Sydney Harbour from Grotto Point and Dobroyd Head are unrivalled. Just remember, this is a place of unusual beauty and a sacred site to be visited with great respect.

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Timber enclosures - image taken by writer
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Why? Connect with Indigenous culture
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Where: Dobroyd Head
Cost: Free
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How interesting that looks :) the engravings that is.
by RC (score: 3|1221) 848 days ago
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