About the Australian Heritage Festival
For more than 40 years the National Trust has connected the nation in its celebration of our heritage with the Australian Heritage Festival – the country’s largest festival that celebrates built, natural and cultural heritage.
The National Trusts of Australia work in partnership with organisations across sectors – specific to the unique flavour of the festival in each state and territory – to bring the Australian Heritage Festival to life each year, offering the Australian public the opportunity to participate in state-wide events, walks, talks, performances and more that showcase our country’s rich and diverse heritage.
Why does the National Trust host the Australian Heritage Festival?
The National Trusts of Australia comprise of eight community-based, not-for-profit organisations. We are a not-for-profit charity that represents the interests of more than 80,000 members across Australia and we are the largest and longest established conservation charity in the country.
The National Trust believes Australia’s heritage matters – it creates a unique identity, a sense of place and a strong reminder of our proud history.
As an organisation, we have been advocating for the protection, conservation and celebration of Australia’s built, environmental and cultural heritage on behalf of our members, and for the benefit of the community, for more than 75 years.
The National Trusts of Australia advocates for:
- Stronger heritage protection.
- Cross-sector collaboration on heritage.
- A National Heritage List that is inclusive and representative of Australia’s unique stories.
- Improved support for the owners of heritage places.
- A coordinated approach to investment in sustainable heritage tourism.
- Future-proofing of heritage places against the effects of climate change.
- Support for ensuring traditional trade skills used in the conservation of heritage is not lost.