The Stolen Generations
Canvasing The Blue Mountains, Australia
Sean lives in a treehouse, meets Lionel who built a literal “man cave”, and finds a body painter that makes her subjects disappear into nature. Sean also interviews an Aboriginal Elder who was taken from his native family to be raised in white society – sparking inspiration for his painting
“The Stolen Generations”
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The Blue Mountains, Australia
The Blue Mountains is a magical place any time of the year, although our crew visited in March which is nearing the autumn season. The Blue Mountains is densely populated by Eucalyptus trees. The Aboriginal Dharug, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and TharawalNations as the traditional owners of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Blue Mountains Australia
Visit Wollombi, Gateway to NSW Hunter Valley Wine Country
You saw what Lionel did with a cave and a treehouse, now explore other remote bush accommodation options at:
For an elegant resort close to town, we recommend Lillianfells
Ideal for romantic getaways, conference retreats, family accommodation or just a luxury break away.
We like that it was easy to find from the train station!
If you’re in Katoomba, eat at the Yellow Deli, a funky cafe that looks like a fairy’s dream.
214 Katoomba Street
Glow Worm Tours
This glow worm colony is on a private property in the rainforest. You are guided on an adventure by an Ecologist into this unique environment. No other tour or in Australia lets you get so close to Glow Worms in their natural habitat.
Aboriginal Arts & Culture
For viewing and supporting Aboriginal Art, we stopped in at the Wollombi Cultural Centre and talked with the curators at THe Fireshed Gallery, which holds regular Aboriginal Art exhibitions throughout the year.
Mount Yengo, Yengo National Park
The dissected sandstone plateau country in the Mount Yengo area is of the highest spiritual significance to the Aboriginal peoples of NSW surrounding the Wollombi valley. Tours include Aboriginal awareness talks, visiting indigenous sites, cultural sharing and storytelling and other interactive Aboriginal Experiences. You will enjoy the mind-blowing view from the Finchley Trig lookout. You will hear Ancient stories retold about creation and Mount Yengo. There are caves, carvings, wildlife, medicinal plants and bush tucker. Reconnect with nature and immerse yourself in the oldest recorded living culture on earth.
Bookings are essential and we recommend two guides:
The key focus of Ngurra Bu* (pronounced ‘nurra ba’) is to educate Indigenous and
non-Indigenous people about traditional Aboriginal culture and history.
We believe that true cultural awareness comes from maintaining and sharing a living culture.
Set on 40 hectares of lush countryside in the lower Hunter Valley at Wollombi, the property is a traditional Aboriginal site. It is used as a base camp to guide visitors to various lore sites, including rock engravings and cave paintings within the Wollombi and Broke valleys. Ngurra Bu runs a variety of programs designed to educate and inform the groups who come to stay. Visitors can learn about Aboriginal spirituality and culture, bush tucker and bush medicine, with one, two and three night packages available.
In Bilpin, BigCi is an independent, arctist run, not for profit artist residency program focusing on artists’ professional development and facilitating their projects.
Orly Faya Artistry
A key inspiration in Blue Mountains was meeting Orly Faya and understanding her art. Her work is primarily focused upon the topics of relatedness; between humanity and the earth, between man and woman, and significantly the relationship we all have with ourselves. You can find Orly and her travel schedule here.