Milyerra Trail

The Milyerra Trail aboriginal rock engraving site features a line of large mundoes leading into the site and then a line of small mundoes moving away from the site. In the center of the site is this emu like motif that has suffered severe wear over the years.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of an emu

Emu

Nearby is this pair of figures. On the right side of this image is a large male figure. On the left and upside down to the male figure, is a smaller female figure. These figures are both very badly weathered and the male figure has lost a leg to erosion while the female figure has lost an arm.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of two figures

Two Figures

This is a very nice hand and small foot design.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a hand and small foot

Hand And Foot

There is a line of these large mundoes leading across the northern side of this engraving site.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a large mundoe

Large Mundoe

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a large mundoe

Large Mundoe

These images show a very worn and eroded carving of a small eel and a fish.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of an eel

Eel

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a fish

Fish

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a fish

Fish

Here is a boomerang nestled in a natural depression in the rock, or perhaps it is the moon.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a boomerang

Boomerang

This is an engraving of an eel that is located on the southern side of the site. Just above the eel is a small pademelon. There are some fish and a small wallaby carving very nearby.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of an eel

Eel

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a small pademelon

Pademelon

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of 3 fish

3 Fish

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a wallaby

Wallaby

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a shape

Shape


Milyerra Trail - an engraving of an eel

Eel

A second, more secluded rock platform off Milyerra Trail features this engraving of a whale that is about 12 metres from nose to tail. Along the lower area of the design the artist has incorporated a section of natural runnel. This planar mosaic composite consists of 1542 separate images. This engraving is an anamorphic petroglyph. The distortion that can be seen in the whales body is apparent when viewed from above as shown here, but there is no location at this site where this engraving can be seen from a high vantage point. When this engraving is viewed by an observer standing on the rock platform the distortion makes the design look “correct”.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a whale

Whale

On the track to the whale are a couple of fish designs. This one might be a large spotted puffer.

Millyerra Trail - an engraving of a spotted puffer fish

Spotted Puffer

milyerra Trail - an engraving of a fish

Fish

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a figure

Figure

Nearer to the whale platform is this carving of a small figure with raised arms and a very nice kangaroo.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a child size figure

Small Figure

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a kangaroo

Kangaroo

A third rock platform along Milyerra Trail has a view over the Bambara Road site and features this engraving that might be representing a turtle. This carving has been re-grooved sometime in the past along slightly different lines. We have used the builders twine to highlight the designs. The first image shows the original shape. The second image highlights the re-grooved pattern. There is a very similar turtle design at Ben Buckler, near Bondi. This engraving has been shown on some other websites with a fake long neck drawn on it supposedly proving a “Hawkesbury river monster“.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a turtle

Original

Milyerra Trail - an outline of an engraving of a turtle

Original Outline

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a turtle

Re-grooved

Milyerra Trail - an outline of an engraving of a turtle

Re-grooved Outline

Not far away is this small and very unusual figure. This could be a rare therianthrope similar to Egyptian animal-headed gods or this figure may be wearing some kind of head-dress or hair style drawn out to one side. There is a much larger figure at the Brooklyn Trail engraving site that seems to have a similarly shaped design on the head.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a figure

Figure

At another small site off Milyerra Trail is this nice engraving of a kangaroo.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a kangaroo

Kangaroo

A little way further through the bush is another site that features this small figure with raised arms pointing the way.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a small figure

Small Figure

Next to the small figure is this carving of an eel.

milyerra Trail - an engraving of an eel

Eel

Below the eel is this strange engraving. It might represent a rabbit.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a rabbit

Rabbit

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a snake

Snake

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of an eel

Eel

This engraving shows a small bird.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a small bird

Bird

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a kangaroo

Kangaroo

Just off the track is this solitary engraving of a many toed mundoe. It appears to be pointing in the direction of another more isolated platform that has a very weathered engraving of two birds.

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of a many toed mundoe

Mundoe

Milyerra Trail - an engraving of two birds

Two Birds

Further along the track is a site that has these three fake engravings. They have all been cut with a metal implement in a modern style. The fake dog engraving has been shown on another website with white stripes painted across its rump in an attempt to portray it as a thylacine. The comical fake kangaroo engraving has a little joeys head poking out from the pouch. The fake fish appears to have been signed by the artist. These fake engravings are all within a few metres of each other.

Milyerra Trail - a fake engraving of a dog

Fake Dog

Milyerra Trail - a fake engraving of a kangaroo

Fake Kangaroo

Milyerra Trail - a fake engraving of a fish

Fake Fish

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