Australia’s largest annual community-driven heritage festival returns from 10 April – 14 May 2023, with an exciting program of more than 150 FREE and ticketed events across New South Wales.
Connecting the nation for more than 40 years, the Australian Heritage Festival highlights the country’s unique heritage through unmatched access to special events, exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops, open days, ceremonies, demonstrations and more.
The Australian Heritage Festival is coordinated by the National Trust and is supported by the NSW Government through Heritage NSW.
“We are delighted to invite the community to join the Australian Heritage Festival celebrations,” said Debbie Mills, Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust (NSW).
“This year’s theme ‘Shared Stories’ is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to join in, share their own stories and reflect on those stories that will shape the future for generations to come. We thank the many community groups, organisations and individuals who have taken the time to organise these unique Festival experiences so that people of all ages and backgrounds can engage in heritage right across NSW,” added Debbie Mills.
Spanning from the cities to the regions, the 2023 Australian Heritage Festival features in-person and online offerings. A third of the events featured in the 2023 calendar are FREE, with the remainder ticketed or charged via gold coin donation. For the full program visit australianheritagefestival.org.au.
Registrations for event organisers to be part of the official 2023 Australian Heritage Festival are open until Monday 3 April 2023. Register via australianheritagefestival.org.au.
2023 Australian Heritage Festival highlights include:
April: Lindesay After Dark, Darling Point – Enjoy a glass of wine and canapés in the garden overlooking Sydney Harbour, before commencing a very special tour of historic Lindesay – a spectacular 1830s harbourside mansion – as night falls.
April: Murder, Mayhem and Scandal: Forgotten Stories of Woollahra – Uncover the dark secrets, mysteries and scandals of Woollahra, now known for its opulence, class and architectural beauty, that were buried away long ago with the hope of being forgotten.
April: Twilight at May Gibbs’ Nutcote, Kurraba Point – Visit the beautiful home of May Gibbs, Australia’s foremost children’s author and illustrator. Watch the sun set over the water from May’s Garden, take a guided tour of her house and picnic on the lawn.
April: Open Day: The Mint, Sydney – View The Mint’s collections up close, hear from experts on a range of fascinating topics, take a behind-the-scenes tour and relax with refreshments.
April: Riversdale Reminiscence, Goulburn – A unique opportunity to see how historic letters between loved ones and oral stories of descendants inform the present at Riversdale. Morning tea included.
April: Twilight Poetry Lantern Light Trail, Tilba – Enjoy poetry by lantern light as you traverse a trail exploring the historical ballade and their origins, recited by artists and poets positioned along this unique free walk.
April: Voices from the Secret River, Spencer – Hear about the hidden places and forgotten voices of Dyarubbin on this full day cruise and walking tour led by historians, geologists and storytellers, including Grace Karskens, Gil Jones and the Indigenous Astronomy Group. Includes an exquisite waterfront lunch.
April & May: The River: Burramatta to Cockatoo, Old Government House, Parramatta – This new exhibition tells the stories of centuries of use of the Parramatta River, including by the Burramattagal, and explores the impacts of colonisation and industrialisation on the River, its use for recreation and the current clean-up campaign to allow swimming once more. Special school holiday tours available.
April & May: Sutherland Shire Citizens’ Heritage Festival – Enjoy an array of colourful events run by Shire organisations including music concerts, exhibitions, museum open days and more. A vintage bus will transport the community between venues.
April & May: Dundullimal Homestead, Dubbo – Featuring a special exhibition of vintage bridal wear fashion from 1860 – 1960 with morning tea and guest speakers, an afternoon of opera and the NSW Schools Reconciliation Challenge exhibition, powerful in its appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ methods of Caring for Country.
April & May: Autumn Colours, Bathurst – An exciting celebration of Bathurst’s rich history during its most spectacular season. Includes an unmissable series of guided tours and events.
April & May: Retford Park, Bowral – Retford Park is buzzing with activities throughout the festival period including an enchanting garden performance presented by the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company, colourful art displays, house tours, garden tours and a delightful self-led art and nature trail for families.
April & May: Everglades House & Gardens, Leura – Hear stories of local history, botany, geology and culture at sketching workshops overlooking World Heritage listed wilderness and view a display of original 1930s and 40s Art Deco travel posters, postcards, brochures and more, discovered inside a suitcase in Armidale.
May: Heritage Day at Parramatta North Precinct, Parramatta – Discover the fascinating history of the Parramatta North Precinct and explore the beautifully restored heritage buildings. Enjoy free guided walking tours, interactive displays, live entertainment and much more.
May: Butcher Boats and Colonial Rations, Spencer – Explore the story of food on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. Includes native tea tasting and a scenic guided walk to a number of significant sites including UNESCO World Heritage Listed Finch’s Line.
For the full program visit australianheritagefestival.org.au.
About the Australian Heritage Festival: The Australian Heritage Festival is created with the vision of recognising and celebrating the significance of our natural, cultural, Indigenous, living and built heritage around the nation and ensuring they are valued by Australians, protected for future generations and cared for by the community. The Australian Heritage Festival is coordinated annually by the National Trust of Australia and supported by the NSW Government through Heritage NSW. The theme for 2023 is ‘Shared Stories’.
About the National Trust (NSW): The National Trust is Australia’s oldest and largest independent conservation organisation founded in 1945 in New South Wales by Annie Forsyth Wyatt. Collectively the National Trust in Australia owns or manages more than 300 built and natural heritage places (the majority held in perpetuity), is supported by 7,000 volunteers and employs more than 300 people nationwide.
The National Trust (NSW) is committed to engaging the community to celebrate and conserve heritage places and collections through events and education. With the support of our members, volunteers and dedicated staff and partners, we advocate on the protection of historical and naturally significant places and collections to ensure their preservation for future generations.Sydney Unleashed is one of Australia’s premier entertainment publications exploring the latest in lifestyle trends. From Sydney’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars to the hottest in gadgets, products, and home entertainment, Sydney Unleashed is your one-stop lifestyle platform.