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. Loyalty to the Cockroach - Mathilda Robba

    Thursday 21 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Springwood

    The cockroach can survive being submerged under water for half an hour.  It can live for a week without its head. It can survive a nuclear explosion because of its simple body structure and slow cell cycles. It has never been known to be…

    21 Feb - 24 Feb
  2. In Passing - Jean-Luc Batchelor

    Thursday 21 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Springwood

    Pieces that people normally only get a fleeting moment to interact with presented in a manner to encourage further viewing. Stickers attached to street signs, posters on bus shelters, images on shirts – these pieces of art are barely…

    21 Feb - 24 Feb
  3. Old City Bank Bar - Live Music

    Friday 22 February 2019 to Saturday 28 September 2019 , Katoomba

    Come to the Old City Bank Bar for relaxed entertainment in an old English style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Live Music every Friday and Saturday night. Visit their Facebook page for details.…

    22 Feb - 28 Sep
  4. Friday Supper Club

    Friday 22 February 2019 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…

    22 Feb - 29 Mar
  5. Hydro Express Deco Dinner

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Katoomba Area

    Retro enthusiasts can fully immerse themselves in the ultimate vintage experience by riding into the art deco era aboard the Hydro Express from Central station to the world-famous Hydro Majestic Hotel in time for an evening of decadence,…

    23 Feb
  6. Majestic Long Lunch

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Katoomba Area

    An indulgent shared feast showcasing the best regional produce and presented by event ambassadors food luminary Lyndey Milan OAM and The Darnell Collection fashion anthropologist Charlotte Smith. Guests will graze on decadent fare from…

    23 Feb
  7. Springwood Growers Market

    Sunday 24 February 2019 to Sunday 15 December 2019 , Springwood

    Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Springwood Growers Market. Meet the Growers and Producers of the fantastic array of foods. Supporting local Farmers and Producers. You will see that what you buy is fresh and lasts…

    24 Feb - 15 Dec