Bulgandry Engravings
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

20 min to 40 min
20 min to 30 min

650 m
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Smooth & flat
This short walk follows a footpath to a large rock platform with some well-preserved Aboriginal engravings. Named after Bulgandry man, an ancestral hero and one of the more detailed engravings at the site, this is clearly a special place. The footpath gently winds through the bush before following a timber platform around the engravings. This walk is accessible for people in wheelchairs but it is important to note the path has deteriorated in some places, making it a bit bouncy. 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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Bulgandry car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Timber chicane at start of Bulgandry track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Start of the Bulgandry track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Hardened surface. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sealed surface a bit broken in places. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grevillea sericea. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gum leaves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Bulgandry walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Seed Pod. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Distance valley views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Scribbly gum. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking between the gums. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Several information signs along the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Actinotus minor (Flannel Flower). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking track to Bulgandry site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
winding through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bulgandry Site platform. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Timber platform around engravings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Fish. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bulgandry Man. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A women. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kangaroo. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signs on track to help better appreciate the 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 (-33.4560069,151.2844325)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Woy Woy Road
  • Turn on to Woy Woy Road then drive for 2.4 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 145 m
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the north-east end of Bulgandry Road car park (signposted 'Bulgandry' on Woy Woy Road), this walk leads through the timber chicane and along the asphalt footpath. After about 20m the path narrows as it leads between two trees. Soon after be aware of a 40cm drop on both sides of the path. This walk continues along the winding footpath through the forest for another 35m where it then heads moderately steeply uphill for about 30m then starts heading gently downhill for the next 20m. The path leads gently uphill again for about 45m to then flatten out, offering beautiful views of the valley. After about 10m past the view this walk comes to a 'Welcome to Bulgandry Aboriginal Site' sign (on the right). This walk soon heads gently uphill for about 30m to then flatten out after 10m. After the next 10m this walk passes signs 'Bulgandry Rock Art Site and Aboriginal Place' and 'Links to the past' (on the right). From here this path leads gently downhill for about 20m to come to the 'Stone as Canvas' sign. After about 15m this walk starts to lead a bit steeper downhill for about 30m to reach the intersection with a track (on the right) marked by the 'Care of the Site' sign (on the left).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Bulgandry Car Park (about 25 m back from the start).
After 45 m find the "Pinch Point" (9 m on your right).
Pinch Point
Pinch Point

Timber guards. Minimum width between the guards is 1.2m (maximum is 1.38m).
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Timber guards. Minimum width between the guards is 1.2m (maximum is 1.38m).

After another 10 m come to the "Trip Hazard".
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

Path narrowing between two trees. The trees are 1.4m apart.
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Path narrowing between two trees. The trees are 1.4m apart.

After another 15 m come to the "Trip Hazard".
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

A trip hazard on the path. Potential fall of the the side with no guards. The path is 1.1m wide and the fall is 40cm on either side of the path.
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A trip hazard on the path. Potential fall of the the side with no guards. The path is 1.1m wide and the fall is 40cm on either side of the path.

After another 250 m turn left.
After another 20 m come to "Bulgandry Site Care".
Bulgandry Site Care
Bulgandry Site Care

This site is home to some significant cultural artwork. The engravings have been here for centuries, and hopefully many more years to come. Please take care to stay on the boardwalk to avoid accidentally damage - simply touching the engravings may speed up the weathering process. The engravings are easier to photograph early morning or late afternoon (when the sun is low in the sky) and after rain.
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This site is home to some significant cultural artwork. The engravings have been here for centuries, and hopefully many more years to come. Please take care to stay on the boardwalk to avoid accidentally damage - simply touching the engravings may speed up the weathering process. The engravings are easier to photograph early morning or late afternoon (when the sun is low in the sky) and after rain.

Then find the "Bulgandry Site" (on your right).
Bulgandry Site
Bulgandry Site

The Bulgandry Site has a number of very clear engravings. The timber path and signage help visitors discover the artworks. 'Bulgandry' is the name of an ancestral hero believed to be engraved at the rock (see item 10). Following are some of the items marked by NPWS. 1. A fish (plaque now missing) 2. Another fish 3. Eel 4. Dolphin (or large fish) 5. Woman and Kangaroo 6. Speared fish 7. Kangaroo and octopus? 8. Axe Grinding Grooves 9. Canoe? 10. Bulgandry Man
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The Bulgandry Site has a number of very clear engravings. The timber path and signage help visitors discover the artworks. 'Bulgandry' is the name of an ancestral hero believed to be engraved at the rock (see item 10). Following are some of the items marked by NPWS. 1. A fish (plaque now missing) 2. Another fish 3. Eel 4. Dolphin (or large fish) 5. Woman and Kangaroo 6. Speared fish 7. Kangaroo and octopus? 8. Axe Grinding Grooves 9. Canoe? 10. Bulgandry Man

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 325 m to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Bulgandry Engravings


Grading
Class 1/6
Smooth & flat
Length 650 m
Time 20 min to 40 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
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)

Naturally Accessible
Slope summary:
Mostly gentle undulation with the peak about halfway through the track.

Surface summary:
Smooth & hard surface the whole way, there are a number of unmarked and ungraded drainage ditches on side of path. Car park is unsealed and becomes soggy after rain
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