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Discover our rich history & cultural attractions

New England High Country is decorated with picturesque historic buildings and unique stories from a bygone era. A lot can be learnt from discovering our region’s rich cultural history, including indigenous stories of our past.

Aboriginal people used the landscape as both a natural and cultural resource and there is a strong oral history indicating seasonal movement of Aboriginal people through the rugged gorge system, between the coastal plains and northern tablelands.

From renowned collections of antiquities and Australian art to writers’ workshops, cutting-edge contemporary theatre, and stellar music programs, culture and the arts are ubiquitous in New England High Country. You’ll find there’s always something inspirational going on in the region’s museums and galleries and on any number of stages and screens.

Listen to our history and culture

Experience our region’s history and culture through Soundtrails, self-paced locative audio walks delivered to you through an interactive app platform suitable for most mobile devices.

Discover a rich weave of memories, voices, myths, and archival footage. With original compositions, local voices, and world class production, Soundtrails uses locative storytelling to truly bring places and their stories to life.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE SOUNDTRAILS:
The Soundtrails App is available on apple or android.

1. Download the Soundtrails App from the App Store or from Google Play.

2. Within the app, select the Soundtrail you would like to explore and download.

3. Connect your headphones with the app open and location services enabled, follow the trail and listen to the stories. You can also press the green circles displayed on the map and listen to the stories without physically being in that location.

You can also listen to Soundtrails online via the Soundtrails website - just select the desired Soundtrail, ensure your volume is turned on, and hover your cursor over the pinpoints on the map image, which will reveal the different stories.

We've received funding through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program, an Australian Government bushfire recovery initiative, to develop four new national park Soundtrails. These will be launching in September 2021, so stay tuned!

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the New England High Country region and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Indigenous Peoples continue to play within the New England High Country community.