Waradah Australian Centre
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Catering for International and Domestic visitors. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 50m from The Three Sisters at Echo Point. Enjoy Live Performances in custom built theatre accompanied by the latest multimedia software and hardware, which project related images on to 3 screens. Acoustiguide headsets translate performances into 1 of 8 programmable languages. Total running time, around 30 minutes. Showtimes: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm. Sharing the theatre is Waradah's exclusive indigenous movie. Shot in the Blue Mountains, 'Bangarrai', is a coming of age story of a young Aboriginal man at a pivotal time in Australia's history. Movie times: 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Adjacent to the theatre is Waradah's large retail shop and Aboriginal art gallery with extensive collection of authentic Australian gifts, artefacts and designs from across the country.
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rtsy
Luzon, Philippines47 contributions
Mar 2016
We were coming off great Blue Mountain highs of majestic viewing points, the Three Sisters, Jenolan Caves, etc. that sitting for a cultural show with a pre-teen and a teenager may be anti-climactic. But the family at Waradah gave put on a "just right" show, informative, interesting, not too long, and good fun. No way we not got a PhD in Australian Aboriginal Culture coming here but the kids got interested in rock carvings after. Fantastic and authentic souvenir shopping. The shopkeepers will tell you which boomerangs or aboriginal artwork are authentic, hand-made and which are factory made--you choose what to bring home with you. We bought a too big to hand carry didgeridoo which Waradah Fedexed home. Highly recommended!
Written April 26, 2016
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Stephen B
Sydney, Australia28 contributions
Apr 2013 • Solo
Great to see a performance from a group of guys that obviously love what they are doing, and the joy rubs off during the performance, you'll learn bits about the aboriginal culture, tools weapons etc. The centre is also an art gallery with genuine aboriginal art and other items for sale. Very helpful staff with no pressure to buy.
Written May 1, 2013
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abfabceramics
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Apr 2018
A brilliantly presented performance with enlightening commentary A brief but informative presentation of the Aboriginal story! A must see for Australians and visitors alike
Written April 9, 2018
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JamoG90
3 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
I'm not sure what planet the people leaving good reviews are from but there really is no point seeing this show. It's only 18 dollars each but it's not worth it at all. Waste of beer money
Written May 21, 2015
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grantmooresydney
Sydney, Australia49 contributions
VERY Over priced art

Performance poor - 3 people on stage only and the main man forgot the words and what he was talking about
Written May 9, 2015
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Vino K
2 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Highly disappointed. Never expected this kind of poor performance.
Ticket price is very expensive for this kind of poor performance.

Casts don't have any energy or connection with the audience. You can tell they look very tired of doing the show continuously. There is no eye contact or happiness in their faces. They were just doing the show which really appears as rehearsal!!!

I never write any reviews but this show made me to forcefully give some comments to benefit other travellers.
We watched so many other shows not only in Australia but also in NZ & Europe, USA, etc, but never felt the same.
If it’s a free show we understand that we can’t expect more, but if it is a paid show yes of course audience expects more meaningful acts.

As a 4-member team we spent $80, which is really a big money. We walked in to the theater with positive expectations. First impression was theater was empty and when the show started within 5 minutes we realized our $80 & time were wasted.

Please don’t disappoint audience by giving this kind of shows by charging money. Tourist and domestics visit with eager to learn about Australia’s/ aborigines culture. When they give $20 for each person they compromise another expense & time and come with a happy face, but the performers don’t seem to realize this.

If we check in YouTube we can learn 100 times more about aboriginals than this show. There were no strong message passed on to the audience. Show needs to improve a ton!!!
As none of us enjoyed the show, as a disappointed customer requested at least a percentage of refund as $80 was way far too much for this poor performance.

As per managements reply they feel that the show was best and because of the theater quality they think the price is worth!!!
We pay for theater, sound system & also for the performances. So, if the performance is not good aren’t we eligible to get at least 50% refund?
Written April 15, 2018
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theRMB B
Heathfield, UK36 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
So called live performance was a poor video. No explanation of what happened to the live performers. No attempt by stafft to intereact with visitors. This is nothing more than an expensive way to be herded into an overpriced gift shop. Not a trace of cultural experience. Avoid.
Written April 11, 2018
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Hi there, Firstly, thank you for taking the time to advise of your recent visit to Waradah Aboriginal Centre. It is only through feedback such as yours that we are able to maintain, and indeed, improve upon our product and service. Our theatre space is shared between live performances and the movie, 'Bangarrai'. It seems you might have purchased a ticket for the movie, which could explain why there were no dancers on stage. Hearing of lack of staff interaction is of great concern to us. Visitors' experience is our highest priority and the staff goes through rigorous training to ensure they are engaged and highly knowledgeable about products we sell in the retail and gallery. And whilst an apology does not alter the outcome of your experience on this occasion, we do extend it with all sincerity and endeavour to improve upon our Aboriginal experience.
Written April 13, 2018
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Happytraveller604
British Columbia1,198 contributions
Mar 2016 • Solo
This multi-media show is really a flashy presentation that does not depict the culture of the Aboriginals. Not worth spending money on the show but visiting the centre is okay.
Written May 13, 2016
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Keith S
1 contribution
Sep 2018 • Couples
We heard good things about the Aboriginal cultural show. Unluckily for us we arrived on the first day of a new production. It is an Australian history show now. It felt amatuerish and silly with a cheesy time travelling plot. It breezed past a bunch of generic white history and only briefly focused on aboriginal people and their culture. The rest of the show with three white actors who don't even acknowledge aboriginal history and the effect of colonisation. The short time the two indigenous men were on stage was captivating and educational. The rest cringeworthy and not worth the ticket cost.
Written September 1, 2018
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Hi Keith, Thank you for your feedback. Whether our indigenous offerings or our current Australian Show, we aim to continuously revise and improve our live performances. Your feedback helps us with this process.
Written September 3, 2018
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BobWE
Manhattan Beach, CA691 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
Located a few steps, in a plaza basement area, down the street from the Three Sisters is the Waradah Centre which was a waste of time! As part of a tour we visited the center during the Chinese New Year so as English speakers we were given poor head sets to hear the 30 minute translated narrative. Although relatively inexpensive we have been to other aboriginal experiences and this was the weakest performance. The actors were unfit, overweight and worst of all, the didgeridoo player was unable to play the instrument without taking deep breathes during his performance--that is he could not inhale and exhale to provide a continuous sound which is the unique skill required for playing the didgeridoo in the traditional manner--he sounded as though he was asthmatic! Seating was on a series of benches that were all placed in a series of about 12 rows on the same level so that views were blocked if you were sitting in rows 2-12. The souvenir store outside the theater was good and provided numerous aboriginal products.
Written March 5, 2018
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Dear BobWE, Firstly, thyank you for taking the time to advise of your recent visit to Waradah Aboriginal Centre. It is only through feedback such as yours that we are able to maintain, and indeed, improve upon our product and service. We're very disappointed to read of your experience during your time with us. Whilst an apology does not alter the outcome of your experience on this occasion, we do extend it with all sincerity and endeavour to improve upon our Aboriginal experience.
Written March 7, 2018
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