<em>Waterfall Way is located on Aboriginal land and sovereignty was never ceded. The region is the traditional Country of the Gumbaynggirr, Dhanggati and Anēwan people and we acknowledge their ancestors, past, present and emerging.</em>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWe love ‘wild’ places at We Are Explorers, but recently we’ve been changing how we think about the word. ‘Wilderness’ is an English word that colonial Australia gives to areas unchanged (in its eyes) by human activity.\r\n\r\nBut this idea that we have to change and ‘tame’ the land to inhabit it erases the thousands of years of Aboriginal history present in nearly every corner of what we now call Australia.\r\n\r\nThree quarters of the somewhat ironically named New England National Park is officially declared Wilderness, protected by the Wilderness Act. Yet it’s been home to Aboriginal Peoples for millennia and its current pristine state is a reflection of how the Gumbaynggirr, Dhanggati, and Anēwan peoples work in harmony with the land.\r\n\r\nWaterfall Way is a spellbinding scenic drive from Armidale through to the Coffs Coast. We’ve pulled together some important Aboriginal sites, tours, and information to help you experience the cultural importance of the region.