Gundungurra Tribal Council – Gundungurra

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Experiencing Our Tours

The Gundungurra Tribal Council Aboriginal Corporation has created the concept of tourism from the aborigines’ heritage and cultures. There are three major tours established in this regard: Guided Tours, Virtual Tours, and Jenolan Caves Tours.

The guided tour refers to the physical tour of the Blue Mountains, in which case a guide is provided. There are several tour guides in the area to put the visitors through the region’s interesting landscapes, food, historical places, and the way of life.  Each trip gets tailored per the taste of travellers and visitors. Our guides are very friendly and accommodating and give you a feel of home away from home.

The virtual tour is a journey of the place through online means through visual representation on a social medium and especially through the use of an app.

One exciting feature of our tours is the Jenolan Caves. The Gundungurra are known for their old fascination for caves. Burra, a tribe group of the Gundungurra, housed the Jenolan Caves. They do not speak a different language from the Gundungurra indigenous people but only have a different dialect.  They therefore manage and control the activities of the Jenolan Caves.

The Burra landscape consists mostly of waters from east to south to west. Therefore, it is not so shocking that the Gundungurra tribesmen are a bit obsessed with water and even travel a long distance to bathe in underground pools, especially the Nadyung. It is impossible to journey through the mountains without any contact with water.  Hence asides from rocks and mountains marking boundaries among the tribes’ villages, waterways and sheds are equally important.

The Dreamtime story of a half fish and half serpent is pursued by another creature- a quoll by the name Mirrangan. It is believed that Mirrangan pursued a wounded Gurangatch to the Jenolan Caves. In this place, Gurangatch took care of his wound, and traces of his blood are visible on the cave walls. The cave signifies, till today, peace of mind as it is where Gurangatch found peace and solace. Also, a flowing river is significant and used to represent women. The Jenolan Caves is also home to women’s food and medicine.

There is particularly the “Healing waters,” otherwise called Nadyung. It is also believed that this water has great healing powers and can cure ill people. People with skin problems or stomach aches often testified that the water healed their skins or ailments and, therefore, attract many people from far and near. They develop a strong bond with all river elements, and it forms part of their spiritual interactions.

Another distinctive feature of the Gundungurra nation is the special totem. Each tribe unit of the nation has a distinctive one, which depends on their geographical area. It simply refers to a sacred animal used as a symbol of a community and is represented across the country on artistic works and cave paintings. Our tours offer you an opportunity to experience all this.

Like other places in Australia, it is a place with remarkable landscapes and an attractive outlook. You can check the visual representation of some notable places in the Gundungurra part of the Blues Mountains.