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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Urmenyhazi

Carvings in Berowra Valley Regional Park

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Nestled within the enchanting landscapes of Berowra Valley Regional Park lies captivating secrets waiting to be discovered. Rock carvings, steeped in ancient Aboriginal history, have long been a source of intrigue for both locals and curious wanderers. Journey with me as I unveil the hidden wonders of this remarkable site, recently revealed after years of searching.

The Search for the Elusive Carvings

For generations, the whispers of Berowra's old-timers have hinted at the existence of ancient Aboriginal carvings upstream. Driven by curiosity, I left on a quest to locate this elusive site, guided by vague directions and the occasional finger point from fisherman locals. After much perseverance, and numerous canoe trips, I finally stood before the mesmerizing carving, hidden in the heart of Berowra's majestic wilderness.

I initially assumed that this was a massive whale etched into the rock surface. However, the true story behind this remarkable artwork was revealed to me by a descendant of the Aboriginal people who call this area their ancestral home. It turns out that this carving represents a giant fish, symbolizing the point in the river where these creatures could no longer swim upstream due to the presence of sandbanks.

A Testament to Indigenous Wisdom

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, this rock carving offer a glimpse into the rich heritage and deep connection to the land held by the Aboriginal people. I’m reminded of the intimate knowledge and profound understanding of the natural world possessed by these ancient custodians. Their wisdom, passed down through generations, reveals the delicate balance between humans and nature, as well as the ecological nuances of the Berowra River.

Berowra Valley National Park, responsible for the management and protection of this pristine region, plays a crucial role in preserving the stories embedded within the ancient carvings. For those eager to explore the wonders of Berowra, a visit to the park's website provides a wealth of information on the various walks within the valley, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty and history of this remarkable landscape.

For more information on walks within the Berowra Valley, please visit the Berowra Valley National Park website.

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