Gunangidura Aboriginal Shelter Rock Art - Grampians National Park, Victoria
Posted by: bucketeer
S 37° 14.257 E 142° 18.497
54H E 616045 N 5877965
Quick Description: An Aboriginal Shelter with Rock Paintings
Location: Victoria, Australia
Date Posted: 12/17/2010 4:54:26 AM
Waymark Code: WMAB3A
Grampians National Park encompasses 168,000 hectares of rugged mountain ranges. The park contains the largest concentration of rock art sites in Victoria, comprising over 60% of the State’s rock art sites. One site in the Victoria Range was dated as being in use at least 22,000 years ago. Unfortunately with arrival of European settlers in the area most of the indigenous culture was lost and little is known of the meanings of the artwork.
The Jardwadjali people who lived on the nearby plains to the west and north made seasonal visits to this shelter, by following the path of the nearby creek.
Drawings of stick figures, animal tracks and other marks at the Gunangidura shelter were made using ground red ochre mixed with water, animal fats or egg yolk and applied using fingers or brushes. Later drawings were made using blocks of ochre as a crayon.
Gunangidura is a large shelter that would have provided excellent protection from the weather. It was formerly known as both the Fertility Cave and Initiation Cave.
Access is a short walk from Goat track which is a 4WD only road with steep climbs and high erosion banks. Goat Track is seasonally closed and also closed at other times. Check the current road access status here (visit link
) . Alternatively like me you can walk in which is about a 3.5km hike from the Buandik Campground just of Harrop Track.
1. You may log as many different waymarks as you wish but you may only log each one once.
2. You must include a close up photo of the pictograph and your GPSr. The pictograph must be recognizable.
3. Tell a little bit about what you learned of the area.