Bantry Bay Engraving Site
Just a few metres from the Wakehurst Parkway is this enormous engraving site featuring an enormous whale and many smaller engravings.

Facts & Figures

Latitude 33.7670° S

Longitude 151.2335° E

UBD ref
176 M12


Just a few metres from the roaring traffic of Wakehurst Parkway lies this enormous and beautiful engraving site. Although badly damaged in the past by trailbikes, it still retains enough fascinating engravings to make it well worth a visit.

This was the first site to be seen by European eyes, as it was visited by Surgeon John White in March 1788.

The main site extends over about 300m, and includes a whale, kangaroos, fish, shields, and crescents which are variously called "boomerangs" or "crescent moons".

To get there

Near the crossroads of Warringah Road and Wakehurst Parkway, turn into Bantry Bay road and continue until you get to a gate (which may be open). If it's open, and in good weather, you may be able to drive much closer to the site - there's no sign to prohibit vehicle access. Otherwise it's only a few hundred metres walk from the gate, along the track which is the continuation of Bantry Bay Road, to the site.

For more information

  • Stanbury & Clegg (1990), p. 35
  • Hinkson (2001), p.73
  • Popp & Walker, 1997, "Footprints on Rock", pp. 34-35.

For full information on books (publisher, ISBN, etc) see the "Further Reading" page.


Image Gallery

Click on thumbnail on left to see full-sized image

Map showing the location of the engraving site.

Diagram of the site, reproduced from Stanbury & Clegg (1990), with kind permission of John Clegg.

© Stanbury & Clegg 1990.



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All material on this page © Ray Norris 2007 except where otherwise indicated.
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