A giant goanna welcomes you to Girrawah Park. Tucked away in the suburb of Ngunnawal, local Aboriginal people and the Canberra Archaeological Society agitated for the site to be exempted from suburban development. The National Trust ACT received a Heritage Grant to place a sign here.
How to get there?
From Crinigan's Hut turn right at Burdekin Avenue, right at Shoalhaven and left into Mirrabei Drive. Turn right into Gundaroo Road and right again into Gungahlin Drive. Turn right into Amagula Avenue. Take the first left into Gumburra Street.
From the Visitors Centre return north on Northbourne Avenue. After 5.5km turn left at the Barton Highway and continue 2 km. Stay in the left lane and follow the signs onto Gungahlin Drive. After 6 km turn right into Amagula Avenue.
Why is this interesting?
Stone was an extremely important element of Aboriginal culture, essential to day-today living. Stone artefacts thus constitute an enduring record of Aboriginal technology and settlement patterns.
Girrawah Park is one of several chert outcrop procurement places recorded in the ACT. The place demonstrates the extraction of chert to manufacture flaked artefacts. Rock types most suited to stone manufacture include, but are not limited to, silcretes, chert and fine grained volcanic rock.