The Ewaninga Conservation Reserve is an area of low sand dunes,
rocky outcrops and a claypan about 35 km south of Alice Springs. The
Reserve contains many prehistoric abraded and pecked engravings that
provide an outstanding example of central Australian rock art. The main
feature of the area is a set of about 1000 petroglyphs, distributed
among the rock outcrops to the south and south-east of the claypan.
Most of the petroglyphs consist of circles, lines and other
geometric motifs, though there are some examples of animal tracks. The
motifs have been compared with those found elsewhere in Central
Australia and Tasmania.
Aspects of the petroglyphs such as their motifs and degree of
weathering suggest an age as great as 30000 years, although a more
precise age is unknown. Flood describes the petroglyphs as
Panaramitee-style, which, based on dating of other Paranamitee sites,
could give a date as early as 40000 years ago.