The National Trust has developed, convened and promoted a national festival of heritage since 1980. We now call this the Australian Heritage Festival and over the past 40 years, this national event has become the country’s largest festival that celebrates built, natural and cultural heritage across the nation. The Australian Heritage Festival takes place over 28 days commencing on the International Day For Monuments and Sites 2020 – widely known as World Heritage Day.

Last year 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 one million people that followed the conversation and engage with, shared and told the stories of heritage online.


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 70 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.

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.