Culture and heritage

Kings Tableland

Why is it an Aboriginal place?

Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place is a camping and meeting place of significance to Gundungurra people.

Why is it important to Aboriginal people?

Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place is significant to Aboriginal culture because it includes, but is not limited to, a sandstone rock platform with extensive grinding and other grooves, a shelter with rock art that has been recorded as being the oldest Aboriginal site in the Blue Mountains region and containing unique vertically engraved depictions of kangaroo and bird tracks.

It also provides the Gundungurra peoples with a traditional and historical connection to the Blue Mountains area. The area was used as a camping and meeting place where connections with neighbouring Aboriginal groups travelling through their Country and along the traditional walking tracks (now known as the Great Western Highway and the Ingar Fire Trail) occurred. The Kings Tableland was historically used as a camping site by Aboriginal residents of the Burragorang Valley Aboriginal camp who would walk to Wentworth Falls and Katoomba for employment purposes until the early 1900s.

What's on the ground?

The Aboriginal Place contains a sandstone rock platform with extensive grinding and other grooves, a shelter with rock art and containing unique vertically engraved depictions of kangaroo and bird tracks.

Nature of the environment

The vegetation of the area includes dry sclerophyll forest with some areas of cleared land.

What's the land used for?

The land comprising the Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place is located within the Blue Mountains National Park, an area managed for the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and for public enjoyment. Activities which might harm or desecrate this Aboriginal Place are not permitted and such activities include: the erection of a building in the area; the carrying out of a work in, on or under the area; the subdivision of the area; and the clearing of native vegetation in the area.

Land status

The Aboriginal Place is located within the Blue Mountains National Park and is managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Page last updated: 21 May 2013