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Find out more about the features, attractions and landscapes of Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon.

Aboriginal Heritage

Most of the major roads and many walking tracks in the central Blue Mountains follow more ancient pathways, first discovered by the Darug, the Wiradjuri and the Gundungurra people.

The landscape of the whole region is infused with Aboriginal heritage that is both physical - campsites, artefacts, rock shelters, grinding grooves, wells, engravings, paintings, stencils, the land itself, plants and animals - and spiritual - songs, stories, important places and features, creation, totems, ancestors, memories, feelings, attachments, family, rights and responsibilities.

This cultural richness is retained and restored by local Aboriginal communities today. For the visitor, only a small part of the region's indigenous heritage is readily available, including information on bush tucker and the intriguing Gundungurra creations stories of the Three Sisters and Jenolan Caves (Binoomea).

  • Blackfellows Hand Cave on the way from Lithgow to the Wolgan Valley displays a collection of stencil art - hands, boomerangs, axes and other figures. The stencils were made by holding the object against the rock and spraying liquid ochre from the mouth.