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Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place

Central Coast & Hunter - NSW

Brisbane Water National Park

KEY INFO

Distance (kms):

0.6 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

12 m

Max. elevation (m):

213 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 1)

Route type:

Out-and-back

Traffic:

Light

Access:

2WD Sufficient

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A sacred Indigenous art site with well-preserved Aboriginal rock art that can be viewed easily and respectfully from a wooden boardwalk.

This lightly trafficked walk starts from a car park at the end of Bulgandry Road, off Woy Woy Road in Kariong.


Starting from the car park, it is a short stroll along a wheelchair accessible concrete path to the site, through lovely forest, with occasional brief views out across the park.


The site has an incredible variety of sacred Aboriginal rock art engravings, which have been very well-preserved, with many most than 200 years old, and many presumed to be potentially ten times that age. 


The location is believed to be a community site with many engravings of people and animals.


One of the largest engravings is that of Bulgandry, thought to represent an ancestral hero, who wears an elaborate headdress. 


In one hand, Bulgandry holds a club or small boomerang, while in his other hand he appears to hold a shield. He also has a decorated object positioned horizontally across his waist, which may be a woomera, or spear thrower.


There are also engravings of hunting scenes, including where humans are hunting wallabies or spearing fish. 


Fish, eels, dolphins, octopus and birds are among the other animals depicted in the engravings, as well as an engraving of what is likely a canoe. 


There are also stone tool sharpening grooves that can be seen nearby the engravings, where stone axes would have been made and sharpened.


There is a well-constructed wooden boardwalk that loops around the perimeter of the site, with informative signage detailing what is depicted in the engravings.


Ensure you visit the site with the upmost respect by staying on the path. Do not walk on or touch the engravings.


Indigenous sites such as this provide invaluable insight into Aboriginal traditions, past lifestyles and previous interactions with the environment. These sites have significant importance to Aboriginal culture, so visit the site carefully and with respect. 


The best time to photograph the engravings is in the early morning or later afternoon (before the sun gets too high), or on overcast days and after rain. 


This is a great walk to pair with a visit to nearby Staples Lookout and Stroms Lookout, or before or after tackling the longer nearby Bouddi Coastal Walk.


Track: The trail involves a concrete path and wooden boardwalk. The track is well-signed and easy to follow. 


Difficulty: This is an easy track and is relatively flat, suitable for all fitness levels, and is wheelchair accessible. 


Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came, with a small wooden boardwalk loop at the art site that can be completed in either direction. 

getting there

The walk starts from a car park at the end of Bulgandry Road, off Woy Woy Road in Kariong, 8.5 hours drive south of Brisbane, or 1 hour drive north of Sydney. 


Parking is typically ample for how trafficked the walk is. 

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. The engravings are best viewed (and photographed) in the early morning or later afternoon (before the sun gets too high), or on overcast days and after rain. 


Be sure to check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for updates regarding track closures.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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