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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Aboriginal Rock Art in South East Queensland

Only a few days ago, I learned of these Aboriginal Rock Art Carvings in South-East Queensland.  We decided to take the journey to find them and view them for ourselves and were not disappointed. Neither of us have ever seen historical aboriginal rock art before and along with our children we found it a very remarkable and enjoyable experience.

The entry to the Rock Art is very over grown with lantana covering most of the stairs and deck accessing the viewing area and the signage is almost unreadable, but it all added to the mystery of viewing the art.

This site is believed to have been used by Aboriginals as a camping area for over 4000 years.  The Rock Art is the only known ones of this type in South-East Queensland.

The site has unfortunately been grafittied (albeit some of the graffiti being dated in 1944!) It is a shame that people felt the need to engrave their own names into this sacred place and it is because of this and the risk of damage to the site that this location has not been widely promoted.  Viewing decking was installed around 15 years ago to avoid damage to the art from people touching it.

I have since done some research on the location and found that it was restored by a group of aboriginal people in the year 2000, and recently (2012) the condition of the site was brought to the governments attention in hope of gaining a grant to secure the site to avoid a collapse due to heavy vehicles travelling on the road and also due to the damage from the 2011 floods - lets hope that this happens so that this amazing site can be enjoyed for many many more years to come.

We highly recommend a visit for those interested in our country's heritage.  If you are interested in viewing this historical site for yourself, I would be happy to send you a map on how to get to the location. 

This certainly was one of the most interesting and intriguing places we have visited.

J & B

Overgrown Aboriginal Rock Art Site from the Road 01/01/2014


The overgrown Entrance to the Rock Art.



Aboriginal Rock Art with image below showing full illustration of the cave engravings.



The kids at the Aboriginal Rock Art 01/01/14
This Dtella Gecko was on the side of the Cave.
Brendon spotted this skink watching us from a small hole in the rocks. 


  
The journey back down the hidden stairs.

3 comments:

  1. Hi there, I just found your blog about the rock art and was wondering if you could give me directions. It would be great to photograph. Thanks Paul.

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    1. Hi Paul, Sorry I missed your comment so many months ago. Send me an Email at jarowair@yahoo.com and I will send you the map for the location. Thanks- Judi.

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  2. My folks have a block of land near there and I always drop in on the carvings when I'm in the area. I've been going there since I was a kid in the 80s, the viewing platform was very swanky when it was first built, but council should poison the weeds from time to time. I cleared the lantana with a machete when I visited in 2013 as much as I could, but the stuff grows fast anytime there is rain. I really hope the council gives a grant to stabilize the rocks, it would be a crying shame to loose this marker. Someone told me that some of the markings were representations of stars for navigation. If you stand in the valley at that point when the sun goes down, I've often wondered if some of it would match up with the sky at that point in history.

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