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Namadgi National Park
The only currently known aboriginal rock art in the ACT is the Yankee Hat paintings in the Gudgenby Valley within Namadgi National Park and about 90 minutes drive from the centre of Canberra. Carbon dating of deposits in the Yankee Hat rock shelter date the site at over 800 yrs old and possibly up to 3700 years old.
The artwork is protected by a high roof overhang. The white paint is clay while the red paint is based on iron oxide or ochre (possibly from Michelago or Gungalin both some kilometres away).
As you can see from the attached photos the paintings are well preserved and represent animals and what appear to be human like figures. The four white figures on the left represent a kangaroo, a turtle and two dingo’s (wild dogs). The white figure on the right may be a kangaroo, wombat or Koala. The centre red figures are birds. The remaining figures mostly appear to be human representations.
As with many rock art sites in Australia older paintings seem to have been overpainted by more recent paintings. The figures were painted over a period of hundreds or possibly thousands of years.
Rock art sites are culturally significant to Aboriginal people as they provide evidence of the importance of the site to their ancestors.
Leaving Canberra head for Thawa, In Thawa take the Nass / Boboyan road towards Adaminaby. About 25 Kms from Thawa turn right onto the Old Boboyan road (unsealed) and continue 3-4kms to locked gate and car park. From here walk three kms to Yankee Hat Rock Art site.
Don't panic as you drive along the very hilly and windy road from Thawa to the walk car-park. The walk is easy with a slight incline toward as you approach the artwork. It is well marked across grasslands and around a scenic swamp area with beautiful mountain views. The walk is well worth doing in itself even if you have no interest in the artworks. All along the walk you will see loads of kangaroos and rabbits. The latter are seen as pests.
Prior to heading out pick up the Yankee Hat Rock Art Walking Track brochure from the Namadji Park Visitors centre or download from http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/parks_and_reserves/namadgi_national_park
Even if you download the brochure do stop at the visitors centre to get an update on road conditions, etc. There are numerous walks you can do in Namadji National Park. Details can be downloaded from the website listed here or obtained from the Visitors Centre.
Namadji Park Visitor Centre just outside Thawa opening hours: Weekdays: 9am - 4pm; Weekends: 9am - 4.30pm; Open all public holidays except for Christmas Day.
Park entry fee: FreeRelated to:
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