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Mount Grenfell Art Site

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by Janice Heath (subscribe)
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Published October 18th 2018
Ancient art in the outdoors
In the dusty-red outback plains of central west New South Wales is the Mount Grenfell Historic Site. Here you can see some amazing Aboriginal rock art fashioned by the Ngiyampaa people in ancient times.

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Stories from ancient times


Down a short walking track from the car park and picnic area, there are three galleries close together with paintings that show different aspects of the artists' life.

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Just a short walk


It's likely that you will see the live versions of some of the animals in the paintings as emus and kangaroos abound in the park. They favour strolling and hopping along the local roads and highways as well, so you need to keep your wits about you when driving in the area.



As my first experience of Aboriginal art as a natural part of the landscape, I found it both beautiful and inspiring. The surroundings have an ancient feel and it is easy to imagine the long ago Ngiyampaa people camping here and recording the stories of their world in ochre.

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Three sites contain a wealth of paintings


The paintings are protected by cages and the reasons are clearly explained on boards.

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Preservation is important


The park has been returned to the traditional owners and is jointly managed with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

A picnic area offers shaded tables, BBQs and toilets. There is no drinking water, so it is important to bring your own and there are no rubbish bins, so you need to take your rubbish home with you.

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Picnic area


The Mount Grenfell site is approximately 70km from Cobar. To get there, you travel west along the Barrier Highway for approx 40km, turn right at Pulpulla Road (there is a sign for Mt Grenfell) and continue approx 30kms along the gravel road, then turn right at the Mount Grenfell signpost into the site.

It is a national park, so no pets are allowed. The gravel road was well graded and easily navigable when we visited in dry conditions. It would possibly be tricky in the wet. The park can be closed in circumstances where the road, weather or safety conditions call for it. You can find further useful information on what to bring with you and good times to visit here.

While this site is a bit off the beaten track, it is a beautiful place of great historical and cultural interest. You wouldn't want to miss it while you're in the area.
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Why? Experience an ancient cultural and historic site
When: Generally open but subject to closure according to weather/road/safety conditions
Where: Mount Grenfell Historic Site, Cubba, NSW
Cost: Free
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