Wheeler Heights

The Wheeler Heights/Cromer Heights aboriginal engraving platform has a line of mundoes leading across to a cave and another line leading to a scene that shows a successful kangaroo hunt. Two male figures stand by two speared kangaroos. There are also a number of fish and other unusual carvings.

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of two speared kangaroos

Speared Kangaroos

This image shows a figure with a club or axe nearby.

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a figure with an axe

Figure With Axe

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a figure with an axe

Figure With Axe Outline

Just above the head of this figure a mundoe (footprint) can be seen.

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a figure with a mundoe

Figure With Mundoe

Wheeler Heights - an outline of an engraving of a figure with a mundoe

Figure With Mundoe Outline

This engraving is probably some kind of shark.

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a shark

Shark

Wheeler Heights - an outline of an engraving of a shark

Shark Outline

A wobbegong.

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a wobbegong

Wobbegong

Wheeler Heights - an ouline of an engraving of a wobbegong

Wobbegong Outline

A shark ray (top) and some kind of fish (bottom).

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a shark ray and a fish

Shark Ray And Fish

Wheeler Heights - an outline of an engraving of a shark ray and fish

Shark Ray And Fish Outline

This very unusual engraving appears to show a chain of large cowrie shells. This engraving is about one metre wide. Cowrie shell necklaces were considered to be of great value and one this size would probably only be worn for ceremonial purposes. The Art Gallery of NSW has some examples of these cowrie shell necklaces.

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a string of cowrie shells

Cowrie Shell Chain

Wheeler Heights - an outline of an engraving of a cowrie shell chain

Cowrie Shell Chain Outline

This figure is very faint and has almost worn away.

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a very faint figure

Faint Figure

Wheeler Heights - an outline of an engraving of a faint figure

Faint Figure Outline

This is a large unadorned shield.

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a shield

Shield

A hunting boomerang. A hunting boomerang is not designed to return but is mainly for injuring or killing animals or enemies.

Wheeler Heights - an engraving of a hunting boomerang

Hunting Boomerang

4 thoughts on “Wheeler Heights

  1. Rebecca Munro

    I am on the P&C at Cromer Public School and would be interested to discuss how we would organise a school excursion to the carvings at Wheeler Heights/Cromer Heights?

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        1. Sydney Rock Art Post author

          Yes, these engravings are located on publicly accessible land so there should be no restriction on school groups visiting this site. Wheelchair access might not be so easy. Locating and recognizing the engravings may be difficult depending on weather conditions. Overcast days or very bright midday sun can be problematic. Early morning or late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky are the best times to view engravings.

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