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WEST HEAD - KU-RING-GAI CHASE
Report on field day 28/02/04

 

The aim of this day was to drive up West Head Road in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and inspect the numerous Aboriginal sites just off the road.

Further along the road was the Echidna Site, where a very clear echidna is carved into the rock and a series of "footprints" make their way across the rock surface.

From Resolute Picnic Area, we walked the short distance to see the red hand stencils beneath a small sandstone overhang.

We returned for lunch in the shade of large Angophoras and Grey Gum at the picnic area. The picnic area was shared with two large goannas which patrolled the ground looking for lunch.

After lunch, we called in at West Head Lookout (surely the finest view anywhere around Sydney), and later walked the America Bay Track (2 km return).

On the way we stopped to view another fine set of Aboriginal engravings, including some faint rock rubbing grooves.

The track ended at the cliff edge overlooking delightful America Bay. All this and we were ready to head home about 3pm, happy at such an interesting and successful day.

   

The aim of this day was to drive up West Head Road in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and inspect the numerous Aboriginal sites just off the road.

It was a sunny mild Saturday morning when 17 OFF members met at Mc Carrs Creek, a fore-taste of the delightful late summer's day which we were to enjoy. The first site was an extensive rock platform hidden from the road by thick shrubs. With a bit of a scramble, we all got to the top where were saw engravings of a human-like figure, a huge fish/whale and shield.

The next site was a well known and signposted set of engravings a short walk along The Basin Track. Here were many fish, a row of hopping wallabies, male and female figures and various other vague outlines.

Further along the road was the Echidna Site, where a very clear echidna is carved into the rock and a series of "footprints" make their way across the rock surface.

From Resolute Picnic Area, we walked the short distance to see the red hand stencils beneath a small sandstone overhang and continued down the service trail to a set of engravings beautifully located overlooking Pittwater. Here were eel-like figures, a male figure and fish.

We returned for lunch in the shade of large Angophoras and Grey Gum at the picnic area. The picnic area was shared with two large goannas which patrolled the ground looking for lunch.

After lunch, we called in at West Head Lookout (surely the finest view anywhere around Sydney), and later walked the America Bay Track (2 km return). On the way we stopped to view another fine set of Aboriginal engravings, including some faint rock rubbing grooves.

The track ended at the cliff edge overlooking delightful America Bay. All this and we were ready to head home about 3pm, happy at such an interesting and successful day.

Alan Fairley

   
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