Aboriginal culture

Highlights

For many thousands of years the spectacular landscape of the Blue Mountains was a home to Aboriginal people. And two hundred years after Europeans first crossed these dramatic mountain ranges, strong traditional connections across the region endure. Within the spectacular landscape of sandstone cliffs and canyons lie a wealth of cultural sites, from historic cave dwellings to vibrant rock art - vivid reminders of local Aboriginal cultural heritage and its national legacy.

  • Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Blue Mountains
  • Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Blue Mountains

Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Blue Mountains

 

About Aboriginal Culture in the Blue Mountains

Just 90 minutes drive from Sydney is the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, traditional home of the Darug and Gundungurra people. The spectacular Blue Mountains landscape of sandstone canyons, deep valleys and pristine bushland was home to these people for many thousands of years. And you can still gain fascinating insights into their culture.

Visit the immersive Waradah Aboriginal Centre at Katoomba, where you can witness traditional dance, take part in interactive didgeridoo performances, examine incredible artworks, and take home genuine Aboriginal souvenirs.

Explore many of the great walks in the Blue Mountains National Park that feature Aboriginal cultural sites. The Red Hand Caves Walking Track from Glenbrook has been used by the Darug people for thousands of years. Winding through remote bushland, the track takes you to one of the best Aboriginal stencil galleries in the Sydney region.

On the Lyrebird Dell Walking Track from Leura, a two-hour loop trail leads through spectacular gorge country to a unique cave site of Aboriginal significance.

Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Blue Mountains

Learn about the deep connection the traditional owners of this land have with plants, animals and landscapes on a botanic journey from the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah, with a knowledgable Aboriginal horticulturist. With a diverse array of flora and fauna, ample fresh water, rock shelters and views to the coast, it was a safe haven for many local Aboriginal people for thousands of years.

Blue Mountains Walkabout Tour will provide you with a taste of what life was like for the local Darug language group. Learn about "The Dreaming" and gain a deep understanding of Aboriginal culture. Along the Prince Henry Walk with Muggadah Tours, you'll enjoy fabulous views while learning about the traditional bush tucker and medicine of the Gundungurra people.

For further information, Blue Mountains Heritage Centre near Blackheath is a great place to discover other activities in the Blue Mountains National Park.

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