The Australian Heritage Festival is a wonderful opportunity to discover and appreciate the natural wonders of the state. Here are some of the top events that will allow you to explore stunning natural landscapes during the festival:




Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of First Nations people on this interactive 90-minute guided walk through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Learn about the traditional owners of the land, their connection to the environment, and the significance of the native flora and fauna. This is a unique chance to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s ancient history.

When: Tuesday, Thursdays & Sundays, 11:00am-12:30pm
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne

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Presented by the Royal Botanica Gardens Victoria




Site Tour of State and Nationally Significant Fossil Beach, Mornington

Venture to the Mornington Peninsula and uncover the secrets of Fossil Beach, home to an incredible array of 15-million-year-old marine fossils. Expert guides will lead you on a fascinating tour, sharing insights into the geological history of this remarkable site and the ancient creatures that once inhabited the area. It’s a window into Australia’s prehistoric past.

When: 4 May 2024, 10am-12.30pm
Where: Fossil Beach, 630 Esplanade, Mornington

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Presented by Fossil Beach Interest Group and the Mornington & District Historical Society




Significant Trees of Rippon Lea – A Walking Tour

Explore the stunning heritage-listed gardens of Rippon Lea Estate and discover the stories behind its magnificent trees. Many of these grand specimens have stood witness to over a century of history, providing shade, shelter and sustenance to generations. This guided walk will deepen your appreciation for these natural wonders and the role they play in our natural landscape.

When: 3 & 10 May 2024, 11am-11:45am
Where: Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick

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Presented by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)




Geelong’s Remarkable Gardens

The Geelong Botanic Gardens, established in 1851, are among the oldest in Australia. Wander through these beautifully curated gardens and learn about the avid plant collectors who shaped this verdant oasis. Admire the heritage-listed trees and historic structures, and gain a deeper understanding of the important role botanical gardens play in preserving our natural heritage.

When: 21 April 2024, 2pm-3pm
Where: Geelong Botanic Gardens, Podbury Drive, East Geelong

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Presented by the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens




Yarra Bend Park Archaeology Discovery Walk

Join a guided walk with heritage experts from Parks Victoria, Heritage Victoria, and Alliance Archaeology and uncover the ancient past of the Yarra Bend Park on this guided archaeological walk. Yarra Bend Park conceals the tangible history of early government institutions, including the first dedicated institution for mental health in Victoria, the Metropolitan Lunatic Asylum. Discover how recent development works have been managed to protect the significant archaeology and what was revealed during archaeological excavations at the park. It’s a fascinating glimpse into Australia’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

When: 5 May 2024, 10am & 11am
Where: Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield

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Presented by Parks Victoria


These are just a few of the many events during the Australian Heritage Festival that allow you to immerse yourself in the stunning natural landscapes of Australia. Whether you’re interested in Indigenous culture, geological history, or the preservation of our botanical heritage, there’s something for everyone to explore and discover.

Looking for more events? Be sure to browse the full program here.