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Published November 17th 2012
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There are lots of articles about the magnificent Glenrock Lagoon State Recreation Area. Many of the articles you will read will tell you about the historic aspects of Glenrock as a primary source of coal transfer in Newcastle.Other articles will be sure to tell you about the fantastic trails around the State Recreation Area, including being a part of the renowned Great North Walk.

You will also read about how those trails are great for mountain bikes. Especially as a part of the Fernleigh Track walk. There are always surfers that park along the roadside and walk to the beach for some great surf at the end of the lagoon. The Scout Camp Caretaker can be a great source of help when you visit the area.

But I want to tell you another reason for spending the day at Glenrock Lagoon and taking time to walk around the lagoon. If you stop to look around, you will find some spectacular evidence of the Aboriginal cultural use of the lagoon in Australia's past.

A great example of what to look for is the stone axe grind marks you will find around the lookout at the top of the walk and on the northern part of the walk. Take a look around where the track crosses the old water flow areas and you might see ancient footprints in the rocks and even some paintings on the waterfall rocks.

Be cautious if you leave the track and please respect the cultural significance of the area and do not damage any of these magnificent examples of Australia's indigenous past.
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