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Finchley Track - Aboriginal Art & Great North Walk

Discover how early European settlers sought Aboriginal trails as they opened roads from Sydney
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 25.2 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview :  Finchley Track is home to both a European Trig Point from which you can view the amazing surrounding countryside and also harbours a... more »

Tips:  Keep a lookout for fauna found in the area including koalas, masked owls, gang gang cockatoos, turquoise parrots, white-throated tree ... more »

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Points of Interest

The name "Wollombi" is derived from the Aboriginal meaning "meeting place" or "meeting of the waters'", and prior to European settlement Wollombi held great significance for local Aboriginal tribes who used the area as a ceremonial meeting  place. In particular, Mt Yengo (right) was a major focus of Aboriginal... More

2. The Great North Road

The original line of the Great North Road was probably one of a web of Aboriginal tracks in this area. Historians claim that the Old Great North Road (also known as the "Convict Trail" because it was constructed by deportees who had committed additional crimes while serving their sentence in Australia's prison settlements) deviates... More

3. Laguna Wine Bar & St Mark's Church

This is the village store, the petrol station, newsagent, gossip shop and most importantly the pub & bottle shop. Discover the locally brewed bottles of "Laguna Fire Water" and really enjoy your evening. Consecrated in November 1884 by Bishop Pearson, St Mark's Church in Laguna has been enriched by gifts contributed by local... More

4. Junction Boree & Finchely Tracks

At this point select the Finchely Track for the Trig Point and Aboriginal Art Site or the Boree Track for the ancient site of indigenous peoples.

5. Finchely Trig Point

WOW! What a FANTASTIC panorama! Amazing views of the desperate struggle both indigenous people and early European settlers in Australia had to simply move around this daunting country.
Check your GPS here and read the interpretative signs describing road and trail building by original and settler Australians over many thousands of years.

6. Mount Yengo

Mount Yengo is a sacred Aboriginal site - at least as important to indigenous people of New South Wales as is Uluru is to central country Aussies. In the Dreamtime stories Biamie - the creator being - came and went from the top of this scared mountain and that is why it has a flat top. Only highly respected elders are allowed to go up Mount Yengo... More

7. Finchley Aboriginal Rock Art Site

The Hunter Valley is home to over 300 Aboriginal sites dating back over 13,000 years, and well-preserved Aboriginal engravings can be viewed in a number of locations in Yengo National Park. Carved into the local Hawkesbury sandstone these figures depict both sacred and day-to-day situations.

8. Finchley Cultural Walk

Learn about the Aboriginal culture through signs along the Finchley Cultural Walk. The short walk between the camping area and engraving site provides insightful informaton on the Aboriginal heritage. Park your vehicle at the camping area and follow the track past four interpretive signs.

9. Rock Art

There are over 40 engravings of a range of qualities in the amazing site. Take care when you walk around not to tread on existing art works.

10. Finchely Campsite in Yengo National Park

Small campsite with basic facilities. Local Aboriginal communities have requested that people refrain from climbing to the top of Mount Yengo for cultural reasons.

11. Landscape includes many mountains

Keep at watch for Mt Yengo -- the most sacred tall peak as you hike or drive this great trail

12. Burragurra Aboriginal site

This is a site of considerable cultural significance. According to Aboriginal legend, the god Biamie stepped from here to Mount Yengo, and then up into the sky after finishing his creations. Today there is little to see except a small number of fireplaces. To reach this site, turn off the Great North Road onto Yango Creek Rd near Laguna and then... More