Central NSW is Wiradjuri country (bordering with Gundungurrra country in the east). Slow down, wander under southern skies and hear the stories of the land and the people who’ve been here for more than 60,000 years.
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Use the map to find stories both ancient and new: Connect with people and places where Wiradjuri culture is generously shared. Visit galleries to see contemporary Aboriginal art from artists of the region (representing language groups from across Australia). Visit places of significance to Aboriginal culture and history. This is a growing list and resource. Where suitable listings are endorsed by relevant knowledge holders in accordance with Aboriginal cultural and community protocols.
Yindyamarra – respect, be polite, do slowly, be gentle and show honour.
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4656 Jenolan Caves Road | Jenolan Caves, NSW
Aboriginal artist Tom Brown's mural, illustrating the Gundungurra Dreamtime story of Gurangatch and Miragan.
Madline St | Condobolin, NSW
Parkes Hospital | Parkes, NSW
This work was designed by Robert Clegg and Scott 'Sauce' Towney. Sauce and sculptor Ken Hutchinson carved the images on local stone.
Wallerawang, NSW, AU
There is now a corridor of scarred Australian native trees, on Wallerawang's Barton Avenue.
Bathurst Hospital, Howick St | Bathurst, NSW, 2795
This mural was designed and painted by Bathurst Aboriginal artist Lyn Nicholls. It is part of the NSW Local Health District Aboriginal Art work and signage project.
All tours depart daily from 1 Kendall Ave Bathurst or from your accommodation with prior arrangement. | Bathurst, NSW, 2795
By appointment. A mutually respected collaboration between Wahluu Cultural Tours with Bathurst Tours and with the permission of Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation, has allowed the creation of a series of educational Aboriginal cultural tours.
Carpark behind Hotel Canobolas, McNamara Street | Orange, NSW, 2800
Sandon’s mural Community is a contemporary design that draws on aspects of traditional Aboriginal art. The three rivers, painted in blue, reflect the Wiradjuri people, the ‘people of the three rivers’ the Wambool (Macquarie), Kalari (Lachlan) and Murrumbidgee.
Cowra Voices links people and places with a geo-locative app – much like a heritage trail app – exploring Cowra’s unique story of civic peace and reconciliation.
public school grounds, Hill St | Eugowra, NSW
Both items are rare 19th Century artefacts of Indigenous peoples of the Cabonne area. The story of the tree is on plaque on the wall behind it. It is located under the shelter at the front of the Eugowra Public School.
Parkes Shire Library | Parkes, NSW
Bushmans Hill Reserve | Parkes, NSW, 2870
The garden showcases plants commonly used by the Wiradjuri people in their day to day life for food, medicine, tool making and other purposes.
Orange Hopsital | Orange, NSW, 2800
Workshops with the Aboriginal community resulted in the design of eleven animal totems representing some of the language groups from the region.
Kandos Museum | Kandos
A mural on the north-facing external wall of the museum created by Djon Mundine with descendants of the last full-blood members of the local Dabee tribe of the Wiradjuri People, Jimmy Lambert (c1820–1900) and Peggy Lambert (c1820–1884)
Wiradjuri Peace Park, on Bushman St | Parkes, NSW
Goanna bricked into the footpath leading into the Wiradjuri Peace Park on Bushman St, Parkes.
3km SE of Molong Yuranigh Road | Molong, NSW
The presence of carved trees around the grave demonstrates commemoration by Aboriginal people. While the inscribed headstone indicates the 'honour' bestowed on Yuranigh by Major Mitchell, to whom he acted as a guide on his famous last north west exploratory adventure. The carved trees are also, as far as is known, the longest remaining number of carved trees around a grave.
63 Louee Street | Rylstone, NSW
Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Mondays 10am-3pm. Locally owned and operated by an Aboriginal family. They primarily stock local Wiradjuri artists and makers work.
Orange, NSW, 2800
Indigenous Cultural Adventures is a company based in Orange in Central New South Wales, and has been established with the blessing and approval of local Wiradjuri Elders. Local Indigenous man Gerald Power founded the company in September 2016, with a vision is to share the heritage and cultural knowledge of the region’s Wiradjuri nation with both visitors and residents alike.
83 Lions Drive | Mudgee, NSW
EVERY DAY: 8:00am - 2:30pm. Learn about Aboriginal culture and traditions through Indigiearth’s passion for wellness and culinary experiences. Using bush tucker to inspire the cafe and dining experience, immersive cultural activities and a wide range of products from native herbs and spices to superfood powders you’ll leave feeling inspired and connected.
Hartley Historic Site | Hartley, NSW
It is said the rocks had great importance for Indigenous peoples and was a meeting place for the Gundungarra (mountains) and Wiradjuri (plains) peoples.
In the National Parks Vistors Centre, Farmers Inn, 51 Old Great Western Hwy | Hartley, NSW
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4.20pm (closed for lunch). Work by Aboriginal painters, weavers, designers, jewellers and photographers from across the NSW Central West represented in rotating exhibitions.
Beneath Lachlan River Car Bridge | Cowra, NSW
The murals were painted by local Aboriginal artist, Kym Freeman and depict the history of the Wiradjuri people who inhabited the Cowra area before English settlement.
Blackfellows Hands Trail, Wolgan road Angus Place | Wolgan Valley, NSW
Maiyingu Marragu/ The Blackfellows Hand Aboriginal Place has Aboriginal rock shelters with painted art, a teaching site and occupation site.
Approximately 46km south of Condobolin | Burcher, NSW
Manna Mountain is located near the village of Burcher and offers a broad view of the landscape which and has been a popular location with special significance for centuries.
Mount Canobolas Rd | Orange, NSW
Mount Canobolas, consisting of two main peaks (Old Man Canobolas and Young Man Canobolas) is a major Wiradjuri ceremonial site.
Significant cultural site for Wiradjuri of the Bathurst area.
Boardwalk, Brock;s Skyline | Bathurst, NSW, 2795
28 Angus Avenue | Kandos, NSW
Open Monday to Friday. Weekends – By appointment only. North East Wiradjuri Culture Centre offers educational, cultural + bushwalking experiences. The centre is also host to art exhibitions and cultural activities such as bushtucker education, art, weaving + music.
A program of Orange Aboriginal Land Council | Orange, NSW, 2800
By arrangement. Cultural tours and school incursions. Travel to local locations and learn about Aboriginal Culture and History.
98 Bathurst St | Condobolin, NSW
Wollomi Bakery | Lithgow, NSW, 2790
Approximately 36km west of Condobolin on the Lachlan Valley Way | Condobolin, NSW
King's Grave and its story is an important reminder of the history Aboriginal and non-indigenous people share in the area and provides a valuable cultural link.
Playground, Bicentiential Park, William St | Bathurst, NSW, 2795
Playground equipment poles painted by Aboriginal artists. A project of Bathurst Child and Family Network funded by the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program.
Banjo Paterson Bush Park | Yeoval, NSW
From the original Utes in the Paddock selection of painted utes.
Bicentennial Park | Bathurst, Bathurst, 2795
The Wambuul Ceremonial Ground was created on the banks of the Wambuul (the Macquarie River) in 2015 as part of the events that marked the bicentenary of the proclamation of the settlement of Bathurst by Governor Lachlan Macquarie.
18 William Street | Condobolin
Weekdays. A variety of Indigenous art and craft on display.
Vinnies Wall, Welcome Street | Parkes, NSW
Reconciliation Week artworks by Wiradjuri Artist, Scott 'Sauce' Towney who specialises in drawing and pyrography.
Bushmans Hill, access from Wentworth Street | Parkes, NSW
Learn about the local Indigenous culture of the Wiradjuri people at the newly built amphitheatre facility at the southern side of Bushman Hill.
In Commercial Gardens, On side of Temple Lions Antiques, 96 Caswell St | Peak Hill, NSW
Sauce is a local Wiradjuri artist from Peak Hill and specialises in drawing and pyrography.
4 Hill Street | Forbes, NSW
The Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre was created by the Forbes Wiradjuri Community to promote their culture.
Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre, 4 Hill Street | Forbes, NSW
The eight educational totems positioned amongst the gums by the lake have graphics and educational information provided by Wiradjuri artists and elders.
Rotary Arboretum on Bushman Street | Parkes, NSW
Funded by the Rotary Club of Parkes the Peace Precinct at the Rotary Arboretum features carved artworks by two Wiradjuri artists.
corner of Cunningham Street and McDonnell Street | Condobolin, NSW
By Appointment,. The centre offers a local hub for training, development and employment, cultural appreciation, cultural awareness and heritage issues, a keeping place and a space to yarn up. Local Indigenous art and products are available for purchase.
Room 143, building 1414, Charles Sturt University, Panorama | Bathurst, NSW
The hub is be a safe cultural space where students, staff and community members can learn Wiradyuri cultural customs and language, and have the opportunity to ask questions, seek guidance, and regularly interact with the Elders.
Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) Wollemi National Park. | Kandos, NSW
Tours to a number of unique Sites which have great cultural significance to our people
PUBLIC ART MAP
PUBLIC ART MAP
From world class sculpture to towns full of murals there’s nearly 300 artworks to find across the region. How many can you capture in your Instagram feed?SEE MAP
Museums and historic places. Discover the region through the lenses of industry, mining, agriculture, rail and racing, fossils and natural science, bushrangers, great moments of social history, quirky local stories and significant people.SEE MAP
This map captures beautiful things for sale, all made by hand, by people living in the region. Part retail fix, part celebration of the extraordinary creative skills in our midst.SEE MAP
ABORIGINAL EXPERIENCES MAP
ABORIGINAL EXPERIENCES MAP
Central NSW is Wiradjuri country. Slow down, wander under southern skies and hear the stories of the land and the people who’ve been here for more than 60,000 years.SEE MAP
Our award-winning regional galleries, our thriving artist-run and commercial spaces showcase exciting work by both celebrated and up-and-coming artists. Or pop into an artist’s studio for a chat and first dibs on some original art.SEE MAP
There’s around 2000 arts and cultural events across the region each year. Get your fix of festivals, performance, exhibitions, workshops, arts markets, films or family fun.See What's On
Culture Maps Central NSW is a collaborative project of Arts OutWest supported by the Central NSW Joint Organisation of Councils and Regional Development Australia Central West. Content for this site has been drawn from Arts OutWest’s database, tourism teams at local councils and coordinators of some of the larger public art programs. This content is evolving. Please let us know of any omissions, additions, updates or changes by emailing email@example.com