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. Sculpture at Scenic World

    Sunday 21 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…

    21 Apr - 12 May
  2. Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

    Sunday 21 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…

    21 Apr - 28 Apr
  3. Field to Forest Oberon

    Sunday 21 April 2019 to Tuesday 30 April 2019 , Oberon

    During April 2019 ‘Field to Forest’ is a month-long array of activities in and around the Oberon region that explores the delicacies and rare finds that one can forage for across the region. The activities include specialised forage tours…

    21 Apr - 30 Apr
  4. Field to Forest 4WD Foraging Experience

    Monday 22 April 2019 to Monday 29 April 2019 , Oberon

    This special 4WD Foraging tour has been created for you in partnership with Oberon Visitors Information Centre for the very first Field to Forest Oberon 2019. It is a great experience for those wanting to get out and about in amongst the…

    22 Apr - 29 Apr
  5. Cultural Art Day for Teens

    Tuesday 23 April 2019 to Friday 04 October 2019 , Blackheath

    Join their Aboriginal ranger and participate in some tree painting, using natural ochre and your own imagination. You will learn more about the rich culture behind some traditional symbols. Enjoy this unique opportunity to get creative…

    23 Apr - 04 Oct