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. 

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018 , Katoomba Area

    Winter Wonderland - Self-Guided Children's Trail. Embark on a winter adventure. X marks the spot to enjoy fun hands-on activities and discover amazing plants from around the world. For children aged six to twelve years celebrate winter at…

    26 Jun - 31 Aug
  2. Out of Bounds

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 to Sunday 01 July 2018 , Katoomba

    Out of Bounds, featuring Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig, Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline, Hannah Bath, Chris Carmody and Nick McKinlay uses play and field studies as creative research tools to look at how the built environment effects the way …

    26 Jun - 01 Jul
  3. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018 , Katoomba

    The magical winter time (June, July and August) is Yulefest in the Blue Mountains where many venues offer traditional Xmas style celebrations. While cold winds blow and the occasional snow falls, experience warm 'Mountains' hospitality, log…

    26 Jun - 31 Aug
  4. Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

    Thursday 28 June 2018 to Sunday 29 July 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…

    28 Jun - 29 Jul
  5. Louise Fox and Cathie Cox: A Return to Home

    Thursday 28 June 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018 , Springwood

    This exhibition engages ideas of the house as the child's 'first universe' and as a key to the inner self. (Bachelard, The Poetics of Space). Louise Fox and Cathie Cox recreate a corner of domestic life within Braemar, and thus explore the…

    28 Jun - 15 Jul
  6. Alice Ridgway: Glance Beyond Reality

    Thursday 28 June 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018 , Springwood

    There are many things which impact your way of life and who you are as a person. Glance Beyond Reality investigates the imagination and the power of the surrounding environment. Alice Ridgway’s intricate ink paintings represent similarities…

    28 Jun - 15 Jul