Elvina Bay Aboriginal Engraving Walk
Guringai Country

10 min to 15 min

520 m
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Moderate track
This walk offers good examples of local aboriginal rock engravings on an attractive elevated rock platform, with views into the distance. From the car park, the walk travels through mostly flat, scrubby bush, before gently rising through heath onto a tessellated rock platform. Rock engravings are best observed in the early morning or late afternoon, or after rain. The track and trail are followed back to the car park. Let us begin by acknowledging the 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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Elvina Bay Car Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Elvina Track trackhead gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Elvina Track near West Head Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Elvina Track near West Head Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Intersection of Elvina Track and rock engagings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Coral Heath (Epacris microphylla) in early spring on Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track to Aboriginal Engraving. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Aboriginal Engravings near West Head Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rock Engravings . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Aboriginal Engaving close to Elvina track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Tessellated Rock Platform close to West Head Rd.. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Aboriginal Rock Engraving close to West Head Rd. . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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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 At the intersection of Elvina Trail & West Head Road (-33.6432913,151.2619152)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to Cooyong Road then drive for 35 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Mona Vale Road, A3 and drive for another 340 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 30 m
  • Turn slight left onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 25 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn left onto West Head Road and drive for another 350 m
  • Turn slight left onto West Head Road and drive for another 2.4 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Elvina Track car park (on West Head Rd, 1.3km north of General San Martin Dr), this walk follows the management trail around the 'Elvina Track' locked gate, then past the 'Elvina Track' map sign (on the left). This walk continues along the management trail tending right through the scrubby bush. About 70m after leaving the locked gate, the walk comes to an intersection with a narrow track (on your right).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Elvina Trail & West Head Road Start heading along Elvina Trail (a footpath).
After 65 m pass the car park (on your left).
After another 120 m veer right.
Continue another 75 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 260 m to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Aboriginal Engraving Rock Platform".
Aboriginal Engraving Rock Platform
Aboriginal Engraving Rock Platform

On the northern end of the rock platform are rock carvings of an emu, large fish and a giant whale. Further to the south, the rock platform contains rock carvings of shields, wallabies, fish, eels, and other shapes that are not easily classified. The entire rock platform appears to have a rare erosional feature called tessellation. This occurs over many thousands of years, resulting in a rock surface that is eroding at different rates, creating divot holes and depressions.
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On the northern end of the rock platform are rock carvings of an emu, large fish and a giant whale. Further to the south, the rock platform contains rock carvings of shields, wallabies, fish, eels, and other shapes that are not easily classified. The entire rock platform appears to have a rare erosional feature called tessellation. This occurs over many thousands of years, resulting in a rock surface that is eroding at different rates, creating divot holes and depressions.

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Elvina Bay Aboriginal Engraving Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 520 m
Time 10 min to 15 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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