Girrakool Aboriginal Engravings Track
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

10 min to 20 min

390 m
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Easy track
This short walk takes you from the Girrakool picnic area to the Aboriginal Engravings site, located on a large rock platform. From the picnic area, the walk follows a well-maintained track to the signposted site. The engravings have faded but with a bit of time, it is still possible to see the engraving of a man and a kangaroo. After enjoying the site, head back up to enjoy the picnic facilities. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Girrakool Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Girrakool Picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Plaque at picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
BBQ at Girrakool Picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Smaller upper picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track leading to smaller upper picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Girrakool Loop trackhead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track leading to Aboriginal Engravings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track across the rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing under the rock platform. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clear track above engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps down to engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps above engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track leading to Engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Engraving of a Man. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign at site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Log protecting engravings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.4317118,151.2766347)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Wisemans Ferry Road Offramp
  • Turn on to Wisemans Ferry Road Offramp then drive for 55 m
  • Turn right onto Wisemans Ferry Road, B83 and drive for another 390 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Old Pacific Highway, B83 and drive for another 1.6 km
  • Turn left onto Quarry Road and drive for another 75 m
  • Keep left onto Girrakool Road and drive for another 630 m
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the Girrakool picnic area car park and information sign, this walk heads across the car park to the 'Girrakool Loop 2km' signpost on the other side. The walk then follows this sign and track into the bush, leaving the freeway noise behind. The track crosses a rock platform then heads down a series of steps, to come to a large rock platform with a pine log and 'Aboriginal Site' sign. The cliff edge around the rock is un-fenced.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
There is a sign (about 25 m back from the start).
After 40 m pass the toilet (40 m on your right).
Then find the "Girrakool Picnic Area" (10 m on your left).
Girrakool Picnic Area
Girrakool Picnic Area

Girrakool picnic area is a wonderful family destination, just 5 minutes' drive from Kariong. The picnic area provides all the necessary facilities for a full day's activities, including barbecues, tables, shelters, water and toilets. National Park fees apply. The main picnic area is on the eastern side of the car park, and smaller, older picnic area is at the north-eastern corner of the car park. The southern Girrakool picnic area is located near the toilets. The picnic area is dedicated to John 'Jack' Higgs, the first superintendent of Brisbane Water National Park, and Mrs Vera Murdoch, who provided the funds. 'Girrakool' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of still waters'.
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Girrakool picnic area is a wonderful family destination, just 5 minutes' drive from Kariong. The picnic area provides all the necessary facilities for a full day's activities, including barbecues, tables, shelters, water and toilets. National Park fees apply. The main picnic area is on the eastern side of the car park, and smaller, older picnic area is at the north-eastern corner of the car park. The southern Girrakool picnic area is located near the toilets. The picnic area is dedicated to John 'Jack' Higgs, the first superintendent of Brisbane Water National Park, and Mrs Vera Murdoch, who provided the funds. 'Girrakool' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of still waters'.

After another 30 m veer left, to head along Girrakool Loop Track.
Continue another 145 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 195 m to get back to the start.
"Girrakool Aboriginal Engravings site".
Girrakool Aboriginal Engravings site
Girrakool Aboriginal Engravings site

This rock platform has a log and 'Aboriginal Site' sign. Make an effort to not walk on the the engravings as this will only fade the engraving further. The engraving on this rock have faded but with a bit of effort you can make out a man and kangaroo.
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This rock platform has a log and 'Aboriginal Site' sign. Make an effort to not walk on the the engravings as this will only fade the engraving further. The engraving on this rock have faded but with a bit of effort you can make out a man and kangaroo.

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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Girrakool Aboriginal Engravings Track


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 390 m
Time 10 min to 20 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 25 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
25 m[toilet]
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