Australian Heritage Festival: Unique outdoor events to explore

The Australian Heritage Festival, the country's largest community-driven heritage event, returns 1 April – 31 May 2022. The theme is ‘curiosity,' and with over 150 events happening across NSW, there's plenty of curiosity-inspiring events to discover. If you're bringing the family, or just want to be out in the autumn air, here are a few unique highlights for experiencing the festival outdoors.

Outdoor event highlights

The People’s Park

3 and 5 April, 8 and 10 May

If statues could talk … what could we learn from the silent guardians of Sydney’s Centennial Park? In this theatrical event you'll be taken on a 90-minute promenade of Centennial Park, where you’ll learn interesting historical facts and visit some secret spots in this vibrant park.

Gardeners’ Breakfast

11 April

If you love gardening, book a spot in the Gardener’s Breakfast, held in the grand gardens of Retford Park. Head Gardener, Rick Shepherd and senior horticulturist Jordan Fusi will lead a tour of the grounds, focusing on autumn garden highlights and strategies to increase biodiversity that you can use in your own backyard.

Aboriginal Culture Camp

19 April

Head to Parramatta and spend time in nature with an Aboriginal traditional custodian, hear about plant uses, tools, local culture, and even develop your own bush skills, such as string making. This event is also kid-friendly, with a learning circle and a short, easy bushwalk suitable for all ages.

Introduction to the Fungi Kingdom

9 May

Like mushrooms? This workshop with ecologist Dr Alison Pouliot will take you into the fascinating world of all things fungi, including the basics of fungus identification, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Includes a picnic lunch and a forage through the stunning Retford Park gardens.

Bringing the past alive

15 May

See what early colonial life was really like with a trip to the Australiana Pioneer Village in Wilberforce. Buildings from the mid-1800s will spring to life, so you can seal a letter with hot wax at the Post Office, do a lesson in an old-school classroom, and even see a blacksmith at his forge.

Opera at Dundullimal

15 May

Pack a picnic, rugs and some chairs for a special opera performance in the beautiful gardens of Dubbo’s National Trust property, Dundullimal. The very popular Macquarie Conservatorium Big Band will also perform at 1.00pm. Not to be missed.

FREE outdoor events to explore

The Australian Heritage Festival is also running a range of free outdoor events for everyone to enjoy. Take your pick from art trails to guided walking tours, or visit the events page to start mapping your celebration of heritage and culture.

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