Things To Do Tharwa, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Note: The Yankee Hat Rock Art Site remains closed while we work with the Ngunnawal people to finalise upgrade plans and designs for the site.
The only currently known Aboriginal art sites in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) can be seen at the Yankee Hat Rock Art Site in Namadgi National Park. Stroll through expansive grasslands dotted with kangaroos to the Yankee Hat Shelter to view Aboriginal rock art.
Trail duration: 6 kilometres (2.5 hours) Easy walking with mountain views. (CLOSED)
Carbon dating of the campsite deposits in the Yankee Hat rock shelter shows that Aboriginal people began using the shelter more than 800 years ago. Evidence from nearby sites suggests that people were camping in the area, and presumably painting, as long as 3,700 years ago.
The Yankee Hat Rock Art Site is vulnerable. Do not touch the art or the rock surfaces as oils from your skin will damage the painting. Please note that it is an offence to damage, disturb or destroy Aboriginal heritage places including objects.
Visit the Namadgi National Park Visitors Centre for the latest track conditions, weather updates, local information and detailed maps before embarking on any bushwalk. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are also available.
Disabled AssistanceDisabled access available
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