Include Aboriginal Culture on School Excursions
We offer 2 self-guided tours that focus on the culture of the Gundungurra people. Both tours were developed in conjunction with the Gundungurra Tribal Council, using the authentic Gundungurra language, spoken by a Gundungurra man, Tom Brown, who also created the beautiful accompanying traditional Aboriginal art.
Learn how the indigenous Gundungurrra people used the Caves and the surrounding bushland. Aboriginal people called Jenolan's subterranean waters Nadyung, or healing waters, and travelled great distances to bathe in the underground pools.
To do either of our self-guided tour, download the tour 'App', to your smart phone or pad, FREE of charge. Then, you can use it when you visit Jenolan, or you can use the commentary and images in the classroom.
IMPORTANT: You need Wi-Fi to download this app. As we do not have Wi-Fi at Jenolan, please download the app BEFORE your visit.
Note: Also, due to rockfalls, the main entry to the Devil's Coach House is currently closed. These Aboriginal culture trails are still accessible via Carlotta Arch, however, they take more time. Please ask our staff how to access the trails.
'Healing Waters' bushwalk
This self-guided tour covers the Devils Coach House cave and the McKeown's Valley Track.
Start at the mural wall outside the Guides Office. Progress through the Grand Arch and Devil's Coach House cave. Continue straight ahead. The McKeown's Valley track winds uphill to the 'Old Playing Fields'. It's a fascinating and unique way to learn about Aboriginal Culture!
Nettle Cave Aboriginal Culture Tour
This self-guided tour covers the Devils Coach House cave and the Nettle Cave. It focuses on the unique features of these caves, such as stromatolites and sooty owls, and includes how the caves were used by the Aboriginal people.
Why not enhance your Aboriginal educational experience by including a trip to Waradah Aboriginal Centre at Echo Point, Katoomba?
The focus of Waradah is to provide an educational and entertaining cultural experience, where a 'Welcome to Country', Smoking Ceremony, traditional Aboriginal song, dance and didgeridoo are showcased. Combined with this, artwork and explanations of a traditional Aboriginal way of life create a unique and significant educational package for international and Australian students alike.
Waradah is the perfect stop off point from Sydney on your journey to or from Jenolan Caves.