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Historical Tours

The contribution to the history of Wolgan Valley and the Blue Mountains region is told through two very different perspectives, firstly by the Aboriginal people and their culture, and most recently, with two centuries of colonial settlers.

There are few indigenous cultures in the world more closely linked with nature than Australia's Aboriginal people. These communities have long understood the connection to and reliance on the conservation of the plants and animals, the purity of the water, the air which sustains them and their imprint upon the Earth.

Colonial Heritage Tour
Inclusive Activity
Duration: 1 hour
Grade: Easy

Departing from the 1832 Heritage Homestead and Kitchen Garden, Field Guides explore this fascinating historic precinct development, explaining the process of meticulous restoration necessary to bring the old Homestead back to its former glory. Share stories of a past life carved out of the wilderness and get a glimpse into the trying conditions that early Australian settlers faced to survive, while learning about building practices developed by pioneer settlers to adapt to such a wild environment.

Discover the heritage kitchen garden, which has been re-established to supply fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and herbs to the Resort kitchens. Tours can be arranged through our Guest Services Agent and are conducted all year round subject to weather conditions.

Aboriginal Interpretive Tour
Inclusive Activity
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
Grade: Medium

Retrace ancient footsteps and immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture, while the resorts’ Field Guides provide an insight into the typical day in the life of an Aboriginal person through the centuries.

Gain an understanding of how the seasons governed the hunting and gathering of animal and plant species along with the medicinal uses of native plants; and how through ancient land management practices, the conservation of natural resources for future generations was ensured. Learn about the tools and weapons used for survival and ceremony.
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