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 Durag 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. Blue Mountains Botanica

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Katoomba

    For more than two centuries the unique vegetation of the Blue Mountains region has provided a rich treasure trove for some of Australia’s most notable botanists and botanical illustrators. By naming and documenting a myriad of plant species…

    20 Sep - 14 Oct
  2. Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Margaret Flockton was the first botanical illustrator to work at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The Margaret Flockton Award honours the enormous contribution Margaret made to early Australian botanical illustration and taxonomic research …

    20 Sep - 23 Sep
  3. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Friday 21 September 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Take a walk with one of their Volunteer Guides to learn about the fascinating history of the Garden and see what's looking good. Tours leave most days at 11.30am - see times at the Visitors Centre or call to see if there is a tour on the da…

    20 Sep - 21 Sep
  4. Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox - Inferius

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Katoomba

    Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox – Inferius is Freedom Wilson’s new body of work which raises awareness of the endangered Buttercup Doubletail Orchid (Diuris aequalis). Orchids have evolved highly complex ecological partnerships over millennia.…

    20 Sep - 07 Oct
  5. Garden Safari - Kids Self Guided Treasure Quest

    Thursday 20 September 2018 to Friday 30 November 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Can you find the five trail stops? Follow the map to explore the Garden and enjoy fun hands-on activities. Learn about some weird and amazing plants, then answer the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize! Kits available from t…

    20 Sep - 30 Nov
  6. Xylouris White

    Friday 21 September 2018 , Springwood

    Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved …

    21 Sep
  7. Friday Supper Club

    Friday 21 September 2018 to Friday 29 March 2019 , 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-di…

    21 Sep - 29 Mar