The Moon Rock Aboriginal cultural site on Sydney's northern beaches, has been declared an Aboriginal Place, legally recognising and protecting the site's cultural values.
The 5.8 hectare site, located in bushland near Belrose, was nominated by the owner of the land, the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, to help protect it as a place where Aboriginal people have gathered for generations. The listing does not change the status of the land or affect ownership rights.
Moon Rock has about 50 engravings, which depict different phases of the moon, Baiame the creator spirit, tools and weapons used and animals including whales, stingrays and dugongs that were caught and eaten in the area by the Galigal clan.
The engravings are thought to be less than a thousand years old, as the sandstone is relatively soft.
Aboriginal traditionally gathered at Moon Rock to meet, learn and heal. The site still holds significant Aboriginal cultural values and has a direct connection to country for the local Aboriginal community.
More information about the site and images are available at http://sydneyrockart.info/moon-rock/