Who are we for, what do we offer, why is that relevant?

The National Trust Heritage Festival began back in 1980 and has become Australia’s biggest festival of heritage and culture. Thanks to the amazing involvement and support of thousands of volunteers every year we’ve become the nation’s favourite heritage festival – and things are about to get even better!

Who: We are the only heritage festival with a truly national reach, from the City to the regions and local communities.

What: For all culturally interested people across Australia who need new, enriching ways of engaging with our heritage.

Why: In a time when Australians want to know more about their cultural identity.

Welcome to the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival!

Some things haven’t changed. We still want everybody to join us in celebrating Australia’s historic, natural and Aboriginal heritage during the months of April and May. We want to be more successful, more inclusive, more influential, more recognised and yes, drive even more people to your events.

2017 Headline Figures

  • 1,126 events across Australia
  • 902 local organisers and co-ordinators
  • Over half a million visitors

Official Launch

In 2017 Australian Heritage Festival was officially launched at Government House, Canberra on April the 18th 2017 by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd).

Read his full speech.