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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Retford Park Garden Art Trail
Take a delightful self-led journey through the Retford Park gardens to find interesting sculptures and plants from around the world.
Guided Shack Walking Tour
Join a guided walking tour of the Era shack community in the Royal National Park and see how the shacks at this remote location were built and maintained by the owners.
Parc Menai 2022
Enjoy an afternoon of Celtic Heritage and displays of Celtic music, song and dance at the Parc Menai Celtic Festival.