Gain a deep understanding of the traditional Aboriginal and local Darug (language group) culture. Get a taste of the creative, ceremonial, and spiritual lifestyle with a day-experience that is both inspiring and educational. Aboriginal-owned and guided, the original methods of learning are still practiced when you set out on this adventure to complete the ancient quest of walkabout. While it is a challenging excursion, the reward is exercise for not only the body, but for the mind and spirit as well. The routeor song line (story of place)travels 2.5 miles (4 km) through secluded wild bush and rainforest to sacred sites, so be sure to listen to what nature and these sites have to share along the way.|
Plenty of unique and even life-changing experiences await you on this journey. In the summer, you can paddle under a waterfall in a clear-water rock pool. During winter, enjoy some lunch in a sunny sandstone cave (next to a warm, crackling log fire if you prefer). See ancient art sites and artifacts, learn about using bush medicine, and participate in some bush tucker tasting. Take in the surrounding scenery and even observe some wildlife, then get creative with photography and ochre bark and body painting activities. All the while, you'll be connecting to the culture through story, art, and ritual, as well as stimulating your senses, enriching your spirit, and taking on a timeless connection to the sacred land.
- 6 hour tour of cultural wisdom with Aboriginal guide in the Australian Blue Mountains bush
- See the rainforest, ancient engravings, and relics, sandstone caves, and wildlife
- Dreamtime stories, body and ochre bark painting
- Try bush medicine and bush "tucker" tasting
- Bathe below a waterfall (summer)
- Complimentary gift (information from the experience with poem and Aboriginal drawing)
Approximately 6 hours (2 hours of bush walking intertwined with 4 hours of interpretive activities and relaxing)
Departure time and location:
10:35 AM, MondayFriday and 10:45 AM, SaturdaySunday; at Faulcon bridge train station (the train station is a 1-hour train ride from Sydney, 30 minutes from Katoomba)
Return time and location:
Approximately 5:30 PM, at the Springwood train station (from the train station it's a 1-hour train ride to Sydney, 30 minutes to Katoomba)
Good health, fitness, balance, and mobility are required for this physically challenging activity with about 2 miles (3.5 km) of bushwalking and rock scrambling; half of the bushwalk is over challenging, off-track terrain. Routes and rest stops for the year-round activity vary seasonally, so you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Participants are required to bring a day pack, rain jacket, warm vest or sweater (winter season), hat, sun-block, lunch, minimum 2 liters of water, bathing suit and towel if you wish to swim (OctoberMay), personal medications, toilet tissue, trash bag, and walking shoes with good grip. Lockers are not available. Minimum age is 7 years; not advised for those over 65 years of age unless in excellent shape. The walkabout is over 2 hours from medical and emergency services.
No bad weather cancellations are permitted. Train fares and refreshments are not included.
|Redemption:After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:|
1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it is critical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.
Reservation confirmation is required:
Please call at least 12 days in advance of your preferred tour date to ensure your reservation and to ensure personalized service and small group size. Upon arrival at departure point present your voucher(s) and photo ID in exchange for service.
Meet at Faulconbridge train station at 10:35 or 10:45 AM.
|Terms and conditions|
|Participants are required to bring a day pack, rain jacket, warm vest or sweater, hat, sun-block, lunch, minimum 2 liters of water, bathing suit and towel if you wish to swim (OctoberMay), personal medications, and walking shoes with good grip. Lockers are not available. No bad weather cancellations are permitted. Train fares and refreshments are not included.|
Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to 48 hours before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.