Daleys Point

The Daleys Point Aboriginal Site features many aquatic designs. Orca, a basking shark, a stingray and some other fish. There is also a kangaroo and some very nice grinding grooves. One of the whales has two large figures wearing headdresses carved over it. A third figure, probably female, is engraved nearby. About a month after the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Cove, Governor Arthur Phillip led a small party that landed just below this engraving site. Some people have suggested that these carvings may be describing that early contact.

This is a false colour image of an engraving of a 7 meter long Orca. Some lines can be seen emanating from the rostrum. These lines are fairly common on whale engravings but not other species. These may be sound lines, representing whale song.

Daleys Point - an engraving of an orca

Orca

This engraving shows a 6 metre long basking shark. This animal is easily identified by the five large gill slits.

Daleys Point - an engraving of a basking shark

Basking Shark

Overlaid on the tail area of the basking shark is this design depicting a stingray.

Daleys Point - an engraving of a stingray

Stingray

This is a false colour image of a large fish.

Daleys Point - an engraving of a large fish

Large Fish

For the first few hours that we were at this site the sky was overcast. Then the afternoon sun popped out of the clouds and these excellent fish carvings appeared.

Daleys Point - an engraving of a fish

Fish

Daleys Point - an engraving of a fish

Fish

Below the engraving platform are caves that house some aboriginal charcoal drawings.

Daleys Point - caves with charcoal drawings

Cave

Daleys Point - caves below engraving platform

Caves – Wide View

This shows a small water hole with surrounding axe grinding grooves.

Daleys Point - grinding grooves

Grinding Grooves

Daleys Point - grinding grooves

Grinding Grooves – Wide View

Fish

Fish

2 thoughts on “Daleys Point

  1. Michael Williams

    Spike Milligan describes a carving of Arthur Phillip’s rowboat at Daley’s Point , could this be the carving you describe as i’m interested in seeing this one – Thanks MW

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    1. Sydney Rock Art Post author

      We have not found any carvings of a rowboat at this site, but the front end of one of the large whales does resemble the prow of a boat.

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