Cultural Tours (With the permission
of the Wiradjuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal
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. These highly significant
educational and cultural tours are for the benefit of
everyone to enjoy.
In collaborating to offer these important cultural
tours, I would like to acknowledge the Wiradjuri who
are the traditional owners and custodians of the lands
on which we travel. I pay respect to their Elders both
past and present.
CEO The Detour Adventures Group
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.
fished from canoes, and hunted with spears and nets
for duck, kangaroo, goannas, snakes, lizards, emus,
possums, wallabies and waterfowl.
courtesy of the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Consultative
& District One Day Tours, Detour Adventures and
BathustTours.com.au in conjunction with the Wiradyuri
Elders of the Bathurst region are proud to offer personalised
local Aboriginal-led tours of the local Wiradyuri lands.
All tours are specifically created to allow you to learn,
respect and preserve the cultural significance of the
Wiradyuri people of this area. As such, no two tours
are identical. You will learn something new on every
organised tour and you are able to request a specific
tour to suit your particular need for learning.
We can provide
cultural tours for solo travellers, couples, University
students, school groups and special interest groups
of up to 20 people who are willing to learn about the
Wiradjuri from the Aboriginal Elders of the local Wiradyuri
Locations of Significance
Following are some of the Cultural sites we visit
- Flat Rock
– the story of the Platypus
Park & the Potato fields
Marragu (4WD only / maximum 7 Guests)
" Feedback from staff and students
to our 2016 cultural engagement activities
organised and run by Bathurst Tours and
Detour Tours was very positive. The insight
into local cultural history, knowledge and
practices told through the voices of local
Aboriginal Elders was a moving experience.
The cultural immersion experiences on country
have enabled staff and students to embed
new knowledge and understanding into their
teaching and learning experiences. I would
like to commend Ian Redpath from Detour
Tours as we found him to be an exceptional
tour operator. His attention to detail from
planning through to execution enabled the
tour to run smoothly.
I would strongly recommend such tours to
learn about local history as they provide
valuable insight into other perspectives
that have remained untold.
Warm regards Maria (CSU Dubbo) ."
"A tour with Ian was a special
experience. The drive, organisation, provision
of food and toilet stops was just perfect
to allow us ample time to learn from the
local Aboriginal Elder about so many rich
and important past histories and present
perspectives. The day is recommended to
others and needs to be promoted to others.
"I loved the cultural tour it
was informative and fun, the elders who
travelled with us in the bus and hosted
us at the different sites were friendly,
approachable and so willing and generously
shared their own cultural stories of the
local land how the indigenous people used,
celebrated and revered it as part of their
culture in the past. It was interesting
and fascinating and helped me understand
more about the local land forms and their
significance for indigenous people."
"The different sites we visited
were most interesting and their stories
were not something I would ever have been
aware of if I hadn’t have had the
opportunity for this tour. I would highly
recommend this tour for anyone.
are designed to suit varying time frames, budgets, time
of the year, cultural sensitivity and the availability
of Wiradyuri Elders to guide.
us to discuss your needs. We will listen and provide
an accurate price for you and your group after consulting
with the Wiradjuri Elders.
can include morning tea and/or lunch.
include air conditioned transport to the various culturally
significant cultural sites, complimentary chilled bottled
water and a personal guided tour led by one or more
of the Wiradyuri Elders of this area.
- 9am –
1pm (Half Day) tour including morning tea: $120 pp
(min 4 Guests)
- 9am –
4pm (Full day) tour including morning tea and lunch:
$200 pp (min 4 Guests)
private or advanced 4WD tours: POA (no min Guest requirement)
photos provided with the permission of Yanhadarrambal
(Jade Flynn) Indigenous Resources Officer, Gulaay -
Indigenous Australian Curriculum & Resources Team
and Ian Redpath (The Detour Adventures Group)