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). Breathe in the landscape on your visits to places of significance to Aboriginal culture and history.
Yindyamarra – respect, be polite, do slowly, be gentle and show honour.
For upcoming one-off Aboriginal cultural experiences and art exhibitions check What’s On.
This is a growing list and resource. Where suitable listings are endorsed by relevant knowledge holders in accordance with Aboriginal cultural and community protocols.
Note that due to covidsafe restrictions some indoor venues are temporarily closed and others have changed opening hours (details listed here are for regular times) so best to check with venues before visiting.
Wiradjuri Peace Park, on Bushman St | Parkes, NSW
Goanna bricked into the footpath leading into the Wiradjuri Peace Park on Bushman St, Parkes.
Hoardin Pavilion, 31 Williwa Street | Portland, NSW
Wiradjuri artist in residence. Unique Authethic pieces,paintings,prints. Commissions welcome. Workshops after renovation complete.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18 William Street | Condobolin
Weekdays. A variety of Indigenous art and craft on display.
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.
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.
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.
Based out 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.
4656 Jenolan Caves Road | Jenolan Caves, NSW
Aboriginal artist Tom Brown's mural, illustrating the Gundungurra Dreamtime story of Gurangatch and Miragan.
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.
Significant cultural site for Wiradjuri of the Bathurst area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vinnies Wall, Welcome Street | Parkes, NSW
Reconciliation Week artworks by Wiradjuri Artist, Scott 'Sauce' Towney who specialises in drawing and pyrography.
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.
Ameroo Ward courtyard, Bloomfield Hospital | Orange, NSW, AU
The mosaic represents the social and emotional journey of hospital inpatients.
Wallerawang, NSW, AU
There is now a corridor of scarred Australian native trees, on Wallerawang's Barton Avenue.
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.
4 Hill Street | Forbes, NSW
The Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre was created by the Forbes Wiradjuri Community to promote their culture.
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.
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.
Jenolan Caves, NSW
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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.
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
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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 (normally) 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. Even in 2020 there's things to enjoy.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 firstname.lastname@example.org