Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture

Located at World Heritage Plaza close to Katoomba’s Echo Point, Waradah Aboriginal Centre is a landmark facility that celebrates Australian Aboriginal life and culture. Dance and didgeridoo performances take place at regular times throughout the day, with explanations of the stories that accompany each dance. The Centre also houses an art gallery and a shop where visitors can purchase Aboriginal artworks.

Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Blue Mountains NSW

The Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout is an immersion in indigenous culture. Winding through a beautiful and secluded rainforest gully, along the trail of an original songline, this full-day tour is a moving and inspirational experience. Body painting, bush food, native animals and storytelling are woven together to make this a magical tour, set against a backdrop of rainforest and mountain streams.

Many of the walking tracks in the Blue Mountains provide access to Aboriginal cultural sites. In Glenbrook, Red Hands Cave has been used by the Darug people for thousands of years while the Lyrebird Dell Walking Track from Leura leads through spectacular gorges to a cave site with unique significance to the local indigenous people.

Red Hands Cave - Katoomba Area

Muggadah Indigenous Tours gives visitors a view of this dramatic landscape from an Aboriginal perspective. Available as a half or full day tour, visitors hear stories of the Dreamtime and learn about the bush tucker and medicine of the Gundungurra people while taking short walks designed to show the best of this spectacular region, from descendants of indigenous people who have inhabited the region for 40,000 years. 

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  1. Essential Bush Skills for Teens

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Thursday 10 October 2019 , Blackheath

    This activity focuses on essential skills that will help you thrive in the bush. Learn how to make a shelter, how to find water, and what you should do if you ever become lost. Discover the smart way to pack and prepare for your next…

    26 Apr - 10 Oct
  2. Ironfest

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Saturday 27 April 2019 , Lithgow

    Ironfest is 'An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge', celebrating working and playing with metal. An Arts Festival with a Metal Edge, Ironfest celebrates working and playing with metal. Held annually in Lithgow on the closest weekend to Anzac…

    26 Apr - 27 Apr
  3. Spotlight!

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Friday 04 October 2019 , Blackheath

    Shh! What was that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Join their national parks ranger for an exciting expedition as they discover the creatures of the night. Get ready to tip-toe down the track and learn more about the wonderful nocturnal…

    26 Apr - 04 Oct
  4. Friday Supper Club

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Friday 29 May 2020 , Katoomba

    Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba presents the Friday Supper Club – a weekly night of live music, hearty food and classic cocktails at Avalon. Each Friday night, they present local acts, free of charge, who provide music-to…

    26 Apr - 29 May
  5. Sculpture at Scenic World

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Sunday 12 May 2019 , Katoomba

    Set in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor canvas showcasing over 25 artworks from local, national and international artists. Perfect for art…

    26 Apr - 12 May
  6. Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Oberon

    During the 16 days of Autumn Festival, the Hawkins Family opens its Private Garden to visitors, so this is your opportunity to explore the entire 160 acres of Mayfield. Get lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, see the Croquet…

    26 Apr - 28 Apr
  7. Springwood Community Quilt Show

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Faulconbridge

    This biennial Quilt Show features over 100 quilts from local quilters, with wonderful stalls from all local quilt shops for some retail therapy. What a great opportunity to be inspired by the fabulous quilts, and purchase supplies to…

    26 Apr - 28 Apr