Wiradyuri Ngurambang 4WD Cultural Tours
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Bathurst, NSW
- Product code: P4RDTD
Backgroud to this special tour
We have a great friendship with the Wiradyuri Elders of the Bathurst region and have developed with their permission, our Wiradyuri Nurambang 4WD Cultural Tour.
This tour is designed for families, rather than large groups and takes in three significant sites in the local Wiradyuri area. This tour compliments our Wahluu Cultural Tour offered through Bathurst Tours for larger groups. See Bathurst Tours website for more detail on this larger group tour.
A mutually respected collaboration with Detour Adventures and with the permission of Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation, has allowed the creation of a series of educational Aboriginal cultural tours. These highly significant educational and cultural tours are for the benefit of everyone to enjoy.
A Message from Ian Redpath - Detour Aventures
In collaborating to offer these important cultural tours, I would like to acknowledge the Wiradyuri who are the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we travel. I pay respect to their Elders both past and present and emerging.
To educate, promote, build and preserve the cultural significance of the Wiradyuri people.
The Wiradyuri people are the people of the three rivers – the Wambool (Macquarie), the Galari (Calari) and the Murrumbidgee. They have lived in these lands and along these rivers for more than 40,000 years.
The Wiradjuri are identified as a coherent group as they maintained a cycle of ceremonies that moved in a ring around the whole tribal area. This cycle led to tribal coherence despite the large occupied area. It is estimated that 12,000 people spoke the Wiradjuri language prior to white settlement. The Bathurst Wiradyuri are the most easterly grouping of the Wiradyuri nation. Their totem is the Goanna.
The Wiradyuri fished from canoes, and hunted with spears and nets for duck, kangaroo, goannas, snakes, lizards, emus, possums, wallabies and waterfowl.
(text courtesy of the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Consultative Committee)
Bathurst Tours and Detour Adventures in conjunction with the Wiradyuri Elders of the Bathurst region are proud to offer personalised local tours of the local Wiradyuri lands.
Wiradyuri Ngurambang 4WD Cultural Tours
This tour is specifically created to allow you to learn, respect and preserve the cultural significance of the Wiradyuri people of this area. On this family tour (small group) we visit three significant Aboriginal sites on a full day tour.
We include morning tea and lunch and you can expect to see and learn much about how the Wiradyuri lived in this area for thousands of years before white settlers arrived.
On occasion, we may be joined by a Wiradyuri Elder, or with prior arrangement, we may seek a visit to the Elders Hub in Bathurst for a yarn in the afternoon, once we return to Bathurst.
We can provide cultural tours for solo travellers (prior arrangement required), couples, University students, school groups and special interest groups of up to 7 x Guests in the 4WD with Detour Adventures or up to 40 x Guests with Bathurst Tours.
Cultural Locations of Significance
Following are some of the Cultural sites we visit. On this tour, we can visit up to three of these significant sites or we can arrange a multiple day tour to take in more sites.
- Windradyne’s grave
- Flat Rock (the creation story of the Billadurung - Platypus)
- Wahluu (Mt Panorama)
- Gumbi (Evans Crown)
- Peace Park & the Potato fields
- Gunnabulla (Mt Canobolas)
- Yuranigh’s Grave
- Borenore Caves
- Maiyingu Marragu (hand painting caves)
A Recent TripAdvisor Review from our Guests
Ian is an excellent host and guide. Ian engaged meaningfully with our family to put together a tailored tour with a focus on the Wiradjuri Aboriginal history of the Bathurst/Lithgow area.
Ian has a great relationship with local Wiradjuri Elder, Dinawan Dyirribang, who joined us for the tour and shared extensive knowledge and stories. We visited the resting place of Wiradjuri warrior and law man, Windradyne, and the Maiyingu Marragu (People's Hands) reserve.
Ian is highly professional, respectful and accommodating. Our tour included a delicious morning tea and lunch. We could not recommend Ian's tours more highly! ... Ryan W.
- Significant Aboriginal sites
- Beautiful natural Australian flora and fauna
- morning tea and lunch on Country
Access to significant Aboriginal sites guided by Detour Adventures
Morning tea, lunch, water, fruit and snacks.
What to wear and bring with you
We travel into Wiradyuri Country so it is important to wear sturdy shoes. (no open toed shoes or sandals please). Please bring a jumper as we can be high in the hills and weather can be changeable, even in Summer.
Please bring a camera and any personal items required for the day. We discourage large bags and backpacks due to space restrictions in the 4WD. There are no shops and limited mobile reception.
Where does the tour start?
We meet at the Bathurst Visitors Information Centre or from your accommodation by prior arrangement
Would you prefer to join us from the Blue Mountains, Sydney or other regional towns?
Sure, get in touch before making a booking and we'll see what we can do.
How long is the tour? 8:30am – 4:30pm departing Bathurst (or other times and locations by arrangement)
Are you a solo traveler? We don't like to see people missing out on a tour so please get in touch and we'll see how we can help. Often we can hook you up with another group, or make special arrangements to ensure you don't miss out.
This tour takes you to areas where bathrooms are not always available. If this concerns you, please get in touch and we can discuss options.
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