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Australian Heritage Festival 2022

Where
Observatory Hill
Observatory Hill
Upper Fort Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
When

Every day, all day Wednesday 27 April to Tuesday 31 May

An annual celebration of natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places and activities across NSW and nationally, the Australian Heritage Festival is the nation’s largest community-driven heritage event.

Featuring a massive program of free and ticketed events and activities including exhibitions, walking tours, films, expert talks, workshops, food fairs, tours of historical sites, ceremonies, demonstrations, special dinners, lunches and so much more, the Australian Heritage Festival 2022 will be on from 1 April – 31 May.

For more than 40 years, the National Trust has connected the nation through the Australian Heritage Festival. Established in 1980 with this year’s theme of Curiosity, the Festival offers families, nature, history and culture-enthusiasts an ideal opportunity to become immersed in the unique heritage of NSW through special access to some our most extraordinary heritage hotspots.

Furthermore, the Festival also provides patronage, support and deserved-recognition to many community-based groups and organisations featured in the Festival program that have been through an incredibly tough few years.

“We are thrilled to present the Australian Heritage Festival for 2022” said Debbie Mills, Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust (NSW). “After an incredibly tough few years, this is a fantastic opportunity for the community to get out and explore heritage locally. Our theme is ‘curiosity’ and I’d encourage everyone to be inquisitive about heritage, and to actively discover our diverse and vibrant past. With over 150 events and activities throughout NSW, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.’’

The 2022 Australian Heritage Festival program is now live for public viewing online. Event organisers who have not yet registered are still encouraged to list events for inclusion over the next month.

The Australian Heritage Festival is coordinated annually by the National Trust of Australia and is supported by the NSW Government through Heritage NSW.

Each year the festival features a program of FREE and ticketed events and activities that operate right across New South Wales, as well as online offerings. See the full event program at: australianheritagefestival.org.au.

Registrations for event organisers who want to be part of the official Australian Heritage Festival are open until 25 March 2022. Register via australianheritagefestival.org.au.

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National Trust NSW

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