Join the National Trust in celebrating Australia’s cultural heritage, through talks, tours, exhibitions and events across Queensland.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Festival this year.

Your support is invaluable and we look forward to your involvement in the 2017 Festival. More details will be provided soon.


2016 National Trust Heritage Festival – Discovery and Rediscoveries.

Saturday 16 April to Wednesday 18 May 2016.

What stories are waiting to be unearthed in your community? How have old stories been rediscovered for new generations? What collections, both natural and historical, are waiting to be rediscovered? What animal or plant species, once thought to be extinct, have now been rediscovered in your area?

The Festival provides a great opportunity for communities, individuals, local government and organisations to celebrate the places and events that have shaped our heritage. It is about sharing our stories and we need your help to make it a success. So please take the opportunity to discover or rediscover some of the wonderful places and stories that are showcased in the Festival program.

Discovery can encompass the experience of discovering something for the first time or rediscovering something that has been lost, forgotten or concealed.

The theme is not mandatory but hopefully inspires communities to consider focusing on a particular story or part of their collection. Registration for heritage events is free. Free printed guides were distributed to all event coordinators and they distributed them throughout their communities.

Mulga, the designer, has created illustrations of Australian animals that were once thought to be distinct, but as it turns out, have discovered to be still alive for the 2016 National Trust Festival.


National Trust Heritage Festival Events printed guide available to view.

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About the Heritage Festival in Queensland

A celebration of Queensland's heritage.

The Heritage Festival is an annual celebration and promotion of Queensland’s unique natural and cultural heritage and is part of a joint nationwide project that promotes heritage events for free across the states and territories. The National Trust Heritage Festival started in Queensland in 1983 to nurture and promote heritage related events in Queensland.
From the 16 April – 18 May 2016 the National Trust invited people to explore their heritage and find out what has shaped Australia. The Festival incorporates important dates and events including International Day for Monuments & Sites (18 Apr), Australian Heritage Week (16-24 Apr 2016), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Mother’s Day (Sun 8 May 2016), National Archaeology Week (15- 22 May 2016) and International Museums Day (18 May). Complementing the National Trust Heritage Festival is Australian Heritage Week (16-24 April 2016), an annual national celebration providing an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate their shared heritage. The Australian Government supported the National Trust Heritage Festival through funding and promotion of events on the Australian Heritage Week website.

The 2017 Festival dates and themes will be published soon.

Find out more about the Heritage Festival

National Trust House

95 William Street, Brisbane

07 3223 6666


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The National Trust Heritage Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Department of the Environment and the National Trusts Partnership Program. Illustrations by Mulga.