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Ngajarli (Deep Gorge)

Follow the trail to see incredible rock engravings (Petroglyphs), grinding stones, shell middens and learn the story of the Ngarda-Ngarli.

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  • Sites:Walking & Hiking Trails,Indigenous Sites & Information,Gorges & Canyons
  • Feature:Dogs Allowed - No,2WD Access - Yes

Description

The first recreation site to be developed in the national park, this 700m trail is designed for universal access and features interpretive signage, viewing platforms and an elevated boardwalk following the edge of natural rock piles. Visitors are able to view an array of rock engravings, shell middens, grinding stones and other cultural artefacts, with some estimated to be more than 47,000 years old.

The engravings show human images, extinct animal species such as megafauna and Thylacines (Tasmanian tiger), as well as existing avian, marine and land animals. These engravings have deep meaning for Ngarda-Ngarli, providing a tangible link to stories, customs and knowledge of their land and resources, connecting them to the events and people of the past and their beliefs today.

The best time for viewing petroglyphs at Ngajarli is late afternoon when the shadows make the shallow engravings stand out.

Camping is not permitted and there are no toilets at this site.

This information was provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions: dpaw.wa.gov.au

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