Resolute Engraving Site
Two sites with fish, eels, and men, close to Red Hands Cave. One of the fish swims in a pool of water.

Facts & Figures


Latitude 33.58179°S

Longitude 151.29891°E


Latitude 33.58178°S

Longitude 151.29918°E

UBD ref 78F10


This group of sites (called Garigal by Stanbury & Clegg) close to Red Hands Cave makes an interesting walk. Start at Garigal car park, follow the sighs to the Red Hands cave, and admire the stencilled hands there. They take a bit of finding, but once you've found them you'll wonder how you missed them.

Then walk down to the first site (called Resolute 1), which is a large rock-shelf to the left of the track, about 400m from the car park. As you enter the site from the track look for the two eels and a man to your right. 22m SE of this is a fish in a depression in the rock. After rain the dpression fils with water to become a rock-pool, so the fish is swimming under the water - see photo below. Next to it is a curious V-shape, which may be part of an unfinished (or partially destroyed) engraving of a whale or shark.

The second site (Resolute 2) is a further 80m down the track, with a shark and some eels - see diagram.

Stanbury & Clegg also report some other faint engravings in the vicinity.


To get there

Drive into Kuringai National Park along West Head Road, and towards the end, approaching West Head, you will see a sign on the right saying Garigal Car Park. Park there and follow the path to the site.

For more information

  • Stanbury & Clegg (1990), p. 72
  • Attenbrow(2002), p. 184
  • Popp & Walker, 1997, "Footprints on Rock", pp. 28-29.

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

Overall layout of the sites, from Stanbury & Clegg (1990), with kind permission of John Clegg.

© Stanbury & Clegg 1990.

Plan of the sites, from Stanbury & Clegg (1990), with kind permission of John Clegg.

© Stanbury & Clegg 1990.

The man at Resolute 1, with an object (a club?) attached to his waist.


One of the eels


A fish swimming in water



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