Gundungurra Tribal Council – Gundungurra

Significant Areas of Blue Mountains _

Our Scenes

The Blue Mountains is located in the west of Sydney and is above the earth in a striking display of carpeted hills in green colours. The region is very rugged and known for its theatrical effects. There are several trails discovered in the Blue Mountains. The Gundungurra inhabited the Blue Mountains and largely influenced a great number of its activities. They are often referred to as custodians of the land. Although most lands now offer tourism attractions, some Aboriginals still inhabit the region to date.

The significant areas of the Blue Mountains include:

The Gully

From the 1800s to 1950, the Gully serves as a home to the Gudungurra and the Darug nations. Then, a racing circuit was built to signify other people’s dispersal to various parts of the region. In these various parts of the region, the Aboriginals built new homes and sheds and created a new lifestyle tailored to the environment’s taste.

The Gully was a very remarkable site at a particular period but has been reclaimed and put under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

The Botanical Gardens

Nature is integral to the cultural lifestyle of the Gundungurra people (for instance, the smoking of plants for cleansing) and is even a functional part of the Aboriginal historical lifestyle. Therefore, the botanical garden, which is home to quite many plants, is a place to reckon with in the Blue Mountains.

The botanical gardens provide beautiful scenery, for instance, the flora and fauna collections, the plain view of traditional shelters made from rock, etc. The view of the coast is exhilarating.  The garden, which was the safest to many indigenous aboriginals, still holds its peaceful state. 

Rock Art

This is evidence that the aboriginals existed long before the Europeans came. The paintings and carvings made on the ancient rocks tell the stories of the ancient inhabitants’ lifestyle. The Aboriginals tribes built their homes in and around rocks, and often, rocks serve as a boundary indicator between the various communities.

Rock Art can be defined as one of the remnants of ancient Aboriginal tribes. The work of art speaks of the artists, everyday activities, abstract figures as well as nature. It narrates how the paint was made from flower pollens and the earth and how brushes were manufactured from human hair and sticks. There is the flight of “the Great Grey Kangaroo,” which is probably the most preserved arts.

Waradah Aboriginal Centre

This is located near us in Katoomba. It allows a guest to see the indigenous and cultural dances and performances of the Aboriginal tribes. Interesting artworks depicting the cultural background of the tribes, interactive music festivals, and the sale of hand-made crafts works are some of the exciting features of the Waradah Aboriginal Centre.  The live performance cannot be compared to the rest located in various parts of Australia. The Waradah Aboriginal Centre gives an entirely different feel and is sure unique.