Our first examination of the Glyphs


Anubis - Ancient Egyptian god of death and the dead.

Many people believe that Australia in the distant past was visited by ancient explorers i.e. Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek and possibly even the Chinese. It is also claimed that these explorers came here in the search of gold and other precious minerals, and that these visitors have left their mark. E.g. The Gympie Pyramid. The Gympie area in particular has turned up many such artifacts. The Gosford Hieroglyphs are claimed by some to be one of these ancient sites. 

The Gosford Hieroglyphs are located at Kariong (near Gosford) NSW Australia in the Brisbane Water National Park. Apparently the glyphs have been part of the local folklore for around a century. At different times the have been discovered, lost again and then rediscovered. No chance of that today as the site is easy to find with a few simple directions and the tracks are well worn.

I am not going to go into what the glyphs are supposed to say (there are a few sites out there that do that, see links below) but I am going to offer only my impression of the site. 

Several theories exist about who wrote the Hieroglyphs:

* Ancient explorers from Egypt carved the symbols after they were stranded and their captain was killed by snake bites.

* A Veteran from WWI that learned the style of writing whilst stationed in Egypt who settled on a farm nearby carved the glyphs in his spare time.

* University students camped in the area for some time or on repeated visits carved the symbols as a prank.

* Someone copied them straight from an ancient Egyptian text found in a book or photograph.

Thoughts and Impressions

* The Hieroglyphs are supposed to have been written in an Archaic Egyptian style (according to White, 1996) which is quite different from middle Egyptian which most Egyptologists learn. Which in itself (if true) lends some credibility to the legitimacy of the claim they are ancient. Who would know this archaic style?

* There are 3 different cartouches carved into the rock:

1) The Pharaoh Khufu's cartouche appears 3 times in several places.

2) The cartouche of Pharaoh Snefru is also present. 

3) The third cartouche is unknown at least to me.


* The cartouches are rectangular - usually they have rounded ends.

* A figure of Anubis the god of embalming appears to be cut less deep into the rock than the other symbols.

* Some glyphs have obviously been added recently as they are poor carvings compared to the originals. 

* Some of the glyphs are written rather sloppily, a professional ancient Egyptian scribe would be much neater and organised.

* Hieroglyphs are written in a certain direction, i.e. toward the face of animals or people. Some of these glyphs face opposing directions.

* Hieroglyphs in a box I translated as NFRSDB without vowels added. (If this is incorrect please educate me?)

* If the site is not ancient it is a very elaborate hoax that would have taken a long time and effort.

My Conclusion

Over the last few weeks before and after my visit to the site I have tried to learn a little about Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs (AEH). In my research I found that AEH changed very little over the course of 3000 years of Egyptian civilisation. And that the supposed Archaic style was well before the reign of Snefru and Khufu who were both 4th Dynasty Kings. (Archaic being Dynasty 0-1st) Which one translation (White 1996) dates this site as being around the third. The fact that the some of the hieroglyphs are spelt wrong (i.e. opposing figures) and the lack of neatness and organisation of the carvings suggest that an ancient scribe did not write the symbols. It could be argued that a scribe was not present or had died leaving someone less educated to draw the glyphs.

In my opinion the Hieroglyphs are not Ancient. Not to say that they are forgeries or fakes the fact is that they are there to be seen proves they are real - they just are not ancient. As for the rumors and theories I believe that the most likely story is that Uni students carved them or someone copied them right out of a book. And that those person(s) had a lot of spare time on their hands.

This does not negate the belief that Australia has had Ancient visitors. I find it hard to believe that ancient explorers never came across the land down under at some stage. But unfortunately I believe the Gosford Hieroglyphs aren't part of that saga.

Original article by Paul White on the Glyphs

The Oz - Egyptian Enigma. 

Extract from "Exposure" magazine, Vol 2 No.6, 1996

- By Paul White (Extract from "Exposure" magazine, Vol 2 No.6, 1996)

After 5,000 years Australia’s Amazing Hieroglyphs still struggle for recognition ! Because this site is NON-ABORIGINAL - the Aussie Government still fails to protect it. Leading Australian researcher Paul White brings us this astounding story and translations of the Egyptian hieroglyphs found in New South Wales' Hunter Valley. Denied by some 'experts' to be authentic - the time has come to delete Captain Cook as the discoverer of the Great South Land.

The hieroglyphs tell the tale of early Egyptian explorers, injured and stranded, in ancient Australia. 

The discovery centres around a most unusual set of rock carvings found in the National Park forest of the Hunter Valley, 100 km north of Sydney. The enigmatic carvings have been part of the local folklore of the area for nearly a century with reports of people who sighted them as far back as the early 1900’s. The site was secretly visited by families "in the know" in the 1950’s and fell back into local mythology for a couple of decades until it was accidentally rediscovered by a man looking for his lost dog in the early 80's. At that time it was reportably studied by a team, who packed up after six months convinced the site was an elaborate fraud...they destroyed their notes and still refuse any knowledge of it. Graham Walsh's book

……The carvings are in a rock cleft, a large block of split sandstone on a cliff-face that has created a small chasm or "chamber" of two flat stone walls facing each other that widens out from two to four metres and is covered in by a huge flat rock as a "roof" at the narrow end….

The cleft is most cave-like and only accessible by a small rock chute from above or below, well disguised from the average bush-walker. When you first come up the rock chute and climb into the stone hallway you are immediately confronted by a number of worn carvings that are obviously ancient Egyptian symbols. These are certainly not your average Aboriginal animal carvings, but something clearly alien in the Australian bush setting. …. There are at least 250 hieroglyphs. At the end of the chamber, protected by the remaining section of stone roof, is a remarkable third-life sized carving of the ancient Egyptian god "Anubis", the Judge of the Dead ! The hieroglyphs were extremely ancient, in the archaic style of the early dynasties. This archaic style is very little known and untranslatable by most Egyptologists who are all trained to read Middle Egyptian upward. The classic Egyptian dictionaries only handle Middle Egyptian, and there are few people in the world who can read and translate the early formative style. Because the old style contains early forms of glyphs that correlate with archaic Phoenician and Sumerian sources one can see how the university researchers who saw them could so easily have thought them to be bizarre and ill-conceived forgeries.The aging Egyptologist Ray Johnson, who had translated extremely ancient texts for the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo eventually was successful in documenting and translating the two facing walls of Egyptian characters. … which stemmed from the Third Dynasty.

Tragic Saga

The rock walls chronicle a tragic saga of ancient explorers shipwrecked in a strange and hostile land, and the untimely death of their royal leader, "Lord Djes-eb". A group of three cartouches (framed clusters of glyphs) record the name of "RA-JEDEF" as reigning King of the Upper and Lower Nile, and son of "KHUFU" who, in turn, is son of the King "SNEFERU". This dates the expedition just after the reign of King Khufu (known in the Greek as "Cheops" reputed builder of the Great Pyramid) somewhere between 1779 and 2748 BC. Lord Djes-eb may have actually been one of the sons of the Pharaoh Ra Djedef, who reigned after Khufu.The hieroglyphic text was apparently written under the instruction of a ship’s captain or similar, with the corner glyph on the wall displaying the title of a high official or chief priest. The scribe is "speaking for his Highness, the Prince, from this wretched place where we were carried by ship." The expedition’s leader, as mentioned before is described in the inscriptions as the King’s son, "Lord Djes-eb", who came to grief a long way from home. The hieroglyphics sketch his journey and his tragic demise:"For two seasons he made his way westward, weary, but strong to the end. Always praying, joyful, and smiting insects. He, the servant of God, said God brought the insects…Have gone around hills and deserts, in wind and rain, with no lakes at hand… He was killed while carrying the Golden Falcon Standard up front in a foreign land, crossing mountains, desert and water along the way. "……."He, who died before, is here laid to rest. May he have life everlasting. He is never again to stand beside the waters of the Sacred Mer."…MER meaning "love". There was a moat around the pyramid called the "waters of Mer" .The second facing wall, which was much more seriously eroded, details the tragedy further. This wall begins with the badly eroded glyph of a snake (Heft), with a glyph of jaws (to bite) and the symbol for "twice"……"The snake bit twice. Those followers of the diving Lord "KHUFU", mighty one of Lower Egypt, Lord of the Two Adzes, not all shall return. We must go forward and not look back. All the creek and river beds are dry. Our boat is damaged and tied up with rope. Death was caused by snake. We gave egg-yolk from the medicine-chest and prayed to AMEN, the Hidden One, for he was struck twice." Burial rituals, prayers and preparations are described… "We walled in the side entrance to the chamber with stones from all around. We aligned the chamber with the Western Heavens." ….The three doors of eternity were connected to the rear end of the royal tomb and sealed in. We placed beside it a vessel, the holy offering, should he awaken from the tomb.

Separated from home is the Royal body and all others. "…. The extraordinary 5,000 year-old story of the death and burial of "Lord Djes-eb" one of the sons of the Pharaoh Ra Djedef. 

… Visual observation of the site makes it obvious that the very worn carvings exposed to the coastal weather would have to be several centuries to a thousand years old at least…. When first found the site was completely overgrown with thick vegetation and filled in with smashed rock and a much higher soil line. A number of excavation attempts by interested parties have not turned up any artifacts or bodies but sophisticated and expensive laser scanning techniques have not been applied... There is significant evidence that the ancients were well aware of the Great South land. There were both Sumerian and Mayan traditions of a "lost motherland" in the Pacific. Australia appears under the name of "Antoecie" on the famous spherical world map of Crates of Mallos, even appearing on the Greek map of Eratosthenese in 239 BC… It seems fairly certain that the maritime civilisations of antiquity were quite capable of extensive ocean voyages. Particularly the early Egyptians, as evidenced by Giza’s remarkable "Tomb of the Boat". In the 1950’s, a streamlined 4,500 year old hundred foot, ocean going vessel was excavated from right next to the Great Pyramid. In 1991 an entire fleet of even older boats was found buried in the desert at Abydos in Upper Egypt. According to Cairo Times, in 1982, archaeologists working at Fayum, near the Siwa Oasis uncovered fossils of kangaroos and other Australian marsupials. And there’s also the strange set of golden boomerangs discovered by Prof. Carter in the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.

Australia's Mystery Glyphs

Near Gosford NSW (60km North of Sydney) on the Central Coast of Australia a few kilometers down a dirt bush track can be found the Australian Mystery Glyphs also known as the Gosford Hieroglyphics. 

Unexplained Australia receives thousands and thousands of hits a day by visitors who come here solely for the purpose of viewing and reading about these anomalous symbols.

Over the years many theories have been put forward as to who or indeed what created these mysterious symbols carved into the rock cleft. And what makes the stories more intriguing is the apparent opening of a tomb just round the corner of where the Glyphs appear. Further round again on the cliff that hangs above the Glyphs you could be mistaken to think that there was once a huge face carved into the stone.

For some the Gosford Glyphs are a place of pilgrimage and religious significance, people believe they can feel a presence or an energy that derives from the area. Others believe the glyphs were carved by aliens and that a flat rock above the glyphs on the top of the cliff is where the spacecraft landed.

Whatever the truth is behind these carvings they have captured the imaginations of people from all over the world! 

Are the Glyphs and the Tomb real? Check out images of the glyphs and what they actually say below. 

Also view the exclusive Unexplained Australia Gosford Glyphs Video and make up your own mind.

*Then follow the links at the bottom to read Unexplained Australia's Analysis of the Gosford Hieroglyph Mystery!




Anubis Ancient Egyptian protector of the dead. 



One of the many cartouches containing the name Khufu.



Cartouche containing the name Nefersedeb.



Hieroglyph that translates as Sail Upstream.



A strange being holding an instrument. Possibly an interpretation of Ptah.



Entrance to a Tomb?




Khufu and his son Sneferu cartouches.



Glyph that translates as Lying down or Death.



Cartouche containing the name Radjedmer.



A face can be seen in the rock here.


Looking down in the rock cleft where the Glyphs are carved.


The view from above where the Glyphs are located looking south.



A nose carved into the rockface?



A stick man figure amongst the other hieroglyphs.



A dog bone looking figure.




Many people believe that this symbol represents a UFO.



Some people believe this area is a UFO landing pad.



Could this hole in the rock been made by the landing gear of an alien spacecraft?



Egyptian Glyph of a snake which is the consonant for "d" which is pronounced "j".