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.

This national program invites the community to help us bring heritage to life by participating in state-wide events, walks, talks, performances, learning opportunities, virtual events and celebrations.

In 2019, the Australian Heritage Festival brought together more than 750 events that attracted over 350,000 people to celebrate heritage at various places across the country – not to mention the hundreds of thousands of people that followed the conversation and shared stories of heritage online.

In 2021, visitor feedback showed that:

  • 100% enjoyed the festival event(s) they attended.
  • 100% plan on attending a festival event next year.
  • 95% felt inspired to seek out other opportunities to go to heritage events/ exhibitions/ activities after attending their festival event.
  • 90% felt that attending the event increased their awareness and/ or appreciation of 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.

 

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.