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. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 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…

    27 Apr - 29 Apr
  2. Rebecca Waterstone: Near and Far

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Springwood

    This exhibition explores place, distance and the powerful presence of mountains, both in Australia (Blue Mountains), and Scotland (Highlands / Isle of Skye). These themes are investigated through distilled imagery and colour fields, sensory…

    27 Apr - 20 May
  3. Karen Miranda Abel - Pools of Light: In Shadow

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Katoomba

    In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre hosts The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program. This initiative consists of a six week artist residen…

    27 Apr - 06 May
  4. Sculpture Otherwise

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 , Katoomba

    Sculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World this year. The indoor exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works b…

    27 Apr - 13 May
  5. Friday Supper Club

    Friday 27 April 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…

    27 Apr - 29 Mar
  6. Moments of Magic

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018 , Blackheath

    Hartley based, natural light photographer, Karen Edwards, shares some of Nature's most magical moments from sunrises to sunsets, frosts, fog and brilliant autumn colours in the beautiful Hartley Valley and beyond. The exhibition showcases…

    27 Apr - 30 Apr
  7. Guido Paints Portland Silos

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Lithgow

    Australian-born, internationally renowned visual artist, Guido van Helten has been commissioned to paint a large-scale mural on the eight-bin silos that dominate the local landscape. Commissioned by AWJ Civil as an introductory aspect at T…

    27 Apr - 29 Apr
  8. Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Oberon

    During the 16 day 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 Court, the…

    27 Apr - 29 Apr