Mooney Mooney

The Mooney Mooney Aboriginal Area is a large, gently sloping site with many engravings of kangaroos, fish, eels and figures. Unfortunately, the middle of the site has been quarried for its sandstone, so many carvings are probably missing.

The most unusual design is this enormous figure that has an elaborate head dress sporting long stalks topped with round shapes. The left arm of this figure is holding the hand of a similar figure just next to this one but is not shown in this image. This engraving is about 7 meters tall. Interestingly, this head dress design is reminiscent of the Wandjina figures from northern Australia. These engraved figures were first discovered by a well known local rock art hunter, Bob Pankhurst, about 20 tears ago. Bobs images of these two large figures can be seen here – Mooney Mooney – Large Anthropomorphs.

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a large figure with headdress

Large Figure With Headdress

This is a pair of small fish nearly hidden at one end of this site.

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of two fish

Two Fish

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a figure holding a bomerang

Figure With Boomerang

Sometime in the past someone has painted this kangaroo in with white paint.

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a painted kangaroo

Painted Kangaroo

At the far northern end of this large engraving site is this beautiful gallery. There is a life size figure with two 3 metre long eels. At the bottom left of this group is a small lizard with its tongue poking out and just above is a small wallaby and possum. Along the back of the lower eel may be a long fin or perhaps a spear or club. This composite image comprises 610 separate images.

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a figure with two large eels

Figure With Eels

This kangaroo engraving has almost worn away, all that is left is the head.

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a kangaroo head

Kangaroo Head

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a fish

Fish

This kangaroo engraving covers an area of about 3 mt square.

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a kangaroo

Kangaroo

This very small engraving depicts some kind of animal, maybe a small marsupial.

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a small animal

Small Animal

This is the largest kangaroo engraving at this site and is around 4 mt from nose to tail.

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a large kangaroo

Large Kangaroo

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of two fish

Two Fish

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a lizard

Lizard

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a fish

Fish

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of an eel

Eel

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a kangaroo

Kangaroo

Mooney Mooney - an engraving of a snake

Snake

2 thoughts on “Mooney Mooney

    1. Sydney Rock Art Post author

      We do not pretend to present ourselves as any kind of authority with regards to this artwork. On the contrary, the home page of this site explains that if you require information about these engravings then you would need to consult an indigenous person with that cultural knowledge. If you feel that any of the information presented here would best be amended then we are more than happy to edit as appropriate.

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