Dharawal Aboriginal Engravings Site

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Dharawal Aboriginal Engravings Site

Dharawal Aboriginal Engravings Site
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At Jibbon Head/Point in the Royal National Park, which is at the end of a one-kilometre beach track from Bundeena, there is a good example of rock engravings that is accessible for public to view. The carvings are on a large sandstone platform and depict killer whales, stingrays, turtles, kangaroos and a well-endowed lawgiver, long ago carved by the Dharawal people of the area.
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Teresa C
Metro Manila, Philippines1,167 contributions
Enlightening historical walk
Jun 2020
Good instructions and directions to follow. Great slightly elevated (and protective) wattled pathways lead you around the bush to the sites.
Written June 3, 2020
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Marc N
Bartlesville, OK274 contributions
Engravings hard to see but worth the trip
Feb 2020
To get to the engravings you must know where you are going. Park in town, walk along the beach until you get to the rocky end and then go inland into the bush. After a short walk there is an clearing with the history and aboriginal story of the engravings. Keep going and a metal walkway will emerge that looks out over the engravings. Each engraving is marked by a sign. After 20,000 years the engravings are worn but you can make them out. Not a major find for most people but if you are into archeology or history make the trip.
Written February 26, 2020
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FoodySA
Adelaide, Australia25 contributions
Teaching our kids some culture
Nov 2019 • Family
Took the kids hiking to show them these engravings after showing them the petroglyphs at Gosford a couple of years ago. These glyphs were harder to find and even harder to see from the raised platform. The day we went was extremely sunny so that could have contributed.

Written November 18, 2019
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Granules2013
Darwin, Australia1,852 contributions
Interesting bit of history.
Nov 2019 • Friends
Worth wandering past these if doing the walk out to Jibbon Head. Not overly exciting and wouldn’t make it the main reason to come here. Interesting to see though.
Written November 11, 2019
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Bartonbears
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,484 contributions
Fascinating history
Oct 2019 • Couples
We visited this site on a slightly cloudy day so could not see the carvings at their best. Some of the figures were quite discernible whereas only parts of others could be seen. Sadly a kangaroo carved by a vandal in quite recent times was the most obvious. Even though the etchings were fairly obscure, the sensation of being at a place with so much cultural significance and some 5,000 years old was very rewarding.
Written November 3, 2019
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia2,918 contributions
Step back in time
Mar 2019 • Friends
The ancient Aboriginal rock engravings are just past Jibbon Beach, an easy and pleasant walk out of Bundeena township. The engravings are quite extensive and are viewed from a a raised platform that traverses the sandstone ledge where they are located. The figures can be hard to make out at first but include a whale, a shark and a kangaroo as well as other figures. No idea of their age, but I imagine they were already ancient when Capt Cook sailed past some 250 years ago.
Written March 16, 2019
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DASydney
Sydney13 contributions
A must see
Jan 2019 • Family
It's worth the trek to the other side of Jibbon Beach at Bundeena to se first hand these ancient carvings. Very well-worn, the council has wisely stopped people from walking on the rocks. Now you can only see them from a viewing deck. The carvings are thousands of years old - a very rare thing in Sydney.
Written January 29, 2019
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Ameliecade
Auckland Central, New Zealand51 contributions
Missed them altogether!
Sep 2018 • Solo
I followed the signs along the coastal track around Jibbon point but I don't recall any sign pointing me to somewhere to view them so I missed them altogether. I was coming from the Southern end so maybe that why there was an issue.

Regardless, amazing to know they arestill there after 1000s of years and that this is such a special place for the Aboriginals and is being preserved.

So advice is - go but keep an eye out for the platform, which is apparently where you can see them from.
Written September 6, 2018
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Lynne Z
Gold Coast, Australia241 contributions
Disappointing - Badly signposted and badly maintained, almost impossible to make out
Dec 2017 • Friends
We caught the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena to do the walk to Jibbon Head and these carvings and were so disappointed. The walk itself was lovely, although very exposed and often lacking signposts. It took us some time to find the carvings because again the signposts were damaged or missing. The blurb says the local aborigines are charged with maintaining the site, and it was obvious it hadn't seen any maintenance for quite a while. Although we could see the rocks had been carved, it was impossible to make out what the carvings were because of lichen and discolouration.. If the carvings is your reason for visiting, don't bother.
Written January 3, 2018
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SWB
Sydney, Australia1,077 contributions
Worth a look
Nov 2016 • Friends
An easy walk gets you here, follow the signposts. There are 3 easy to see carvings etched into the rock and can be viewed from a raised view platform above. You will need a longer exposure to capture them on your camera.
Written November 8, 2016
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