Each year we coordinate a Friend of the Festival program, offering organisers additional benefits as part of the Festival in return for their financial support. Friend of the Festival events are distinguished on the Australian Heritage Festival website and in the printed program through the use of a Friend of the Festival logo. The Friend of the Festival organisers are also permitted to register events that fall outside of the Festival dates and/or theme for 2020.

There are four tiers of financial support. See here for the full list of benefits.

See all 2019 Friends of the Festival below. Our Friends of the Festival contribute a variety of enriching events across the State, contributing to a diverse and successful program. Without their support the equitable delivery of the Australian Heritage Festival would not be possible.

2019 Victorian Friends of the Festival

Baw Baw Shire Council

As a predominately rural municipality, Baw Baw Shire Council encompasses rich horticultural, dairying and forestry areas. Join the Walhulla Goldfields Railway Inc. on a journey through Baw Baw’s most spectacular environmental and historic scenery on a unique train ride during the 2019 Heritage festival.

Hobsons Bay City Council

Encompassing the historic and significant first seaport of Melbourne at Williamstown, the Hobsons Bay City Council work hard to keep their heritage alive. Join a guided walking tour or visit one of its many heritage buildings to see for yourself.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is one of the world's leading botanic gardens and a centre of excellence for horticulture, science and education. The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is dedicated to the conservation, display and enjoyment of plants and extends over two locations, Melbourne and Cranbourne, and incorporates the National Herbarium of Victoria.

Victoria Racing Club

Join the Victoria Racing Club at their open day of the historic and iconic Flemington Racecourse this Heritage Festival. Explore the rich history of Thoroughbred racing and Flemington Racecourse -it's characters, legends and unforgettable moments , followed by a day of racing action.

Beaumaris Modern

Beaumaris Modern is a not-for-profit, community organisation with the aim of celebrating, educating and preserving mid-century modernist architecture in Beaumaris. Join a series of scheduled guided walking tours to learn more about the streetscape and the artists, architects and designers who have called Beaumaris home.

Bendigo Heritage Attractions

Bendigo Heritage Attractions preserves, restores and shares the stories of some of the city’s best and most significant heritage sites, including Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo Tramways and the Bendigo Joss House Temple.

Bonegilla Migrant Experience

In the post-war era, Bonegilla became the largest and longest operating migrant reception centre, today one in twenty Australians have links here. The Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre is recognised on the National Heritage List. Experience the stories of Australia’s post-war migrants for yourself during the Heritage Festival.

City of Casey

As Australia’s fastest growing municipality, Casey City Council works hard to promote its art, culture and heritage. Find out more of what the City of Casey has to offer by attending one of the many events and open days it is hosting during the Heritage Festival.

Glenelg Shire Council

As the first site of permanent European settlement in Victoria, the Glenelg Shire has a wealth of history within its boundaries. Heritage of the Glenelg Shire is a significant economic and social asset which gives the area so much of its distinctive appeal. It is represented in commercial buildings, hotels, churches and schools and in its historic landscape.

Heritage Council of Victoria

The Heritage Council of Victoria recognises, protects and celebrates Victoria’s cultural heritage. They advise the government and others on how to conserve and protect historically important objects and places for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The Heritage Council are an independent statutory body and provide legal protection for places and objects that are important to the history and development of Victoria.

Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak

This historic 1867 mansion is now home to Loreto Mandeville Hall school for girls. It retains many of its original features however, including interiors designed by London firm Gillow & Co and is open for guided tours, high tea and visitation during the Heritage Festival.

Maldon Incorporated

Maldon Incorporated is a non-profit public association formed to promote the businesses and organisations in Maldon and its many attractions. Visit historic Maldon, the National Trust’s first Notable Town classification, where the town’s rich past and vibrant present combine to provide a rare and authentic experience.

Stonnington City Council

Find out about the historical places, people and events that shaped the Stonnington City Council municipality by joining one of many talks, tours and walks or by visiting one of its heritage places.

Victorian Goldfields Railway

The Victorian Goldfields Railway offers authentic steam heritage trains linking the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon in Central Victoria. Each year they operate the Victorian Goldfields Railway especially for visitors of the Australian Heritage Festival. Over 130 years old, these relics from a long past era were once the latest in speed and comfort.

Yarra Ranges Council

Comprised of both urban and rural areas the Yarra Ranges Council is one of the most diverse municipalities in Melbourne. Home to significant natural reserves and popular areas such as the Dandenong Ranges and Upper Yarra valley there is much to see and do here during the Heritage Festival.

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History

Founded in 1935 by Dr Geoffrey Kaye (1903 – 1986), this museum chronicles the history of anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine. Join a special discussion with the museum Curator to hear stories about early female anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria

The Mission to Seafarers recently celebrated 100 years of service in its Spanish Mission style, Arts & Crafts building beside the Yarra River. The Mission offers many unique & enchanting stories and links to Melbourne's Maritime Heritage. Featuring a sunbathed courtyard full of rustic charm, a secret garden, memorial Chapel with beautiful stained glass windows, the magnificent Norla Dome and our heritage room, the Mission to Seafarers is well worth a visit.

Old Treasury Building

The Old Treasury Building is one of Melbourne's finest 19th century buildings. Visit this exciting museum, showcasing the history of Melbourne and Victoria.

Prahran Mechanics' Victorian History Library

Established in 1854, the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute is a community owned and run library specialising in the history of Victoria, Australia. With more than 30,000 books for loan and a professional information service for its members, it provides a central resource for research into the history of Victoria.

Murtoa Stick Shed

This cathedral like structure was constructed in 1941 as a temporary wheat storage facility. Today it is protected on the Victorian Heritage Register and by the Murtoa Stick Shed Committee of Management. Learn more about it via talks, tours, photographs and memoirs of past employees during its open day this Heritage Festival.

Astronomical Society of Victoria

Founded in 1922 and based in Melbourne, the Astronomical Society of Victoria is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Join one of its many events during the Heritage Festival to discover more about our night sky.

Buda Historic Home and Garden

Built in 1861 Buda House today holds a significant collection of furniture, art works and personal belongings as well as three acres of stunning heritage gardens. Visit Buda for a guided tour, mother’s day high tea or to view the exhibition ‘Pursuits of Passion and Principle’ during the Heritage Festival.

Chiltern Anthenaueum Museum

The Chiltern Athenaeum has had many past uses as a Council Chambers, Town Hall and Library/Reading Room. Today it functions as a museum, housing a collection of artworks, documents, books and objects and ephemera related to the town’s colourful history.

Winton Wetlands

The Winton Wetlands Committee work tirelessly to restore the ecological and cultural integrity of the Lake Mokoan Dam. The Winton Wetlands Project is one of the world’s most significant environmental, social and economic renewal projects. See the success of this restoration project for yourself during the Heritage Festival.

Glen Eira City Council

Glen Eira is a culturally diverse residential area in inner south-east Melbourne. During the Heritage Festival join community members for guided walks to immerse yourself in the history of one of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs.

43rd Historic Winton

Australia’s longest-running, all-historic race meeting presents an annual weekend of thrilling action. See 400 historic cars and motorbikes from the 1920s-80s compete plus a huge heritage display of veteran and vintage vehicles. Presented by the Austin 7 Club.

The Moora Working Draught Horse Muster

The Moora Working Draught Horse Muster is a small group of very dedicated Horse people who are determined to preserve and present how Draught Horses worked and helped this wonderful country of ours to firstly survive and then grow into the fantastic place it is now.


Narrapumelap is considered the best example of the French Gothic style in rural Australia. All the details are stylistically complete from the front gates to the exceptional courtyard at the rear of the house. Come and explore this historic home throughout the festival.