Australian Heritage Festival – Week 1

What’s on next week…

It has arrived! The Australian Heritage Festival kick’s off tonight at the launch event in Fremantle. The Hon Simone McGurk will officially launch the festival and the Madjitil Moorna Choir will be performing throughout the evening.

To help you with your planning, we’ve highlighted the many amazing events happening this week. We encourage you to visit the website HERE to explore more events online.

The Australian Heritage Festival in Western Australia is proudly supported by Lotterywest.


Join the Trust for their Children’s Easter Day at Peninsula Farm while enjoying free entry weekends as well. Enjoy an exhibition that explores how May’s illustrations continue to connect us to our bountiful bush. Enjoy a century of the Azelia Ley Museum and learn about our History on the Airwaves will be presented by Capital Radio.

Explore Kalamunda’s first heritage listed building and explore Kalamunda’s History Village. Head to Whiteman Park to take the Collector Card Trail and discover what it takes to restore a vintage bus.

Discover the services and resources available to help you with your family history and find your ANZAC using military records. Give in to your inner fashionista with weddings through time and stories of Subiaco’s social history at their pearl and pearl shell adornment exhibition.

Wander through the past, see Canning through a lens, hear from presenter Paolo Amaranti about the history of Sunset Hospital and take the kids out to learn about Archaeologist. Immerse yourself in the early history of Bassendean, take the Musical Museum Tour in Wanneroo and discover Guildford as you walk in the footsteps of pioneers. Gather at Catalpa Memorial Rockingham for a commemoration of oration, verse, music and song,.

Explore Perth with the Hooves to Highways look back at a fascinating time when cars first appeared on our roads, learn about Perth Then and Now and discover the fascinating exploration of our Derbarl Yerrigan Swan River. The Royal Perth Hospital Museum will look at the history of medicine in Western Australia while the Perth Cultural Center displays its highly anticipated Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley exhibition.

Enjoy free entry to No. 1 Pump Station (Mundaring), East Perth Cemeteries (Sunday’s only) and Woodbridge (Guildford).


Put on your walking shoes to explore the Life of the Harbour (Fremantle Port). Join one of Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides for the Fremantle Prison Art Tour showcasing a variety of artworks by convicts and prisoners. Learn about the vision for Fremantle’s future with a focus on the role of the port city’s rich heritage.

Regional – South & Peel

Clothes of the Closet displays of clothing prior to 1950. Enjoy a documentary that looks at the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company closure and reflections on what became a defining moment in history (Torndirrup). Wander through the lovely gardens at the old Blythewood (Pinjarra) homestead overlooking the Murray River. Visit Ellensbrook (Margaret River) to learn about the amazing women who played a major role in the development and management of the place. Discover the charm of Strawberry Hill (Albany) and receive free entry during the festival weekends. Experience the sense of isolation, danger and struggles faced by the Layman family at Wonnerup.

Regional – Wheatbelt

Come and learn about the hidden past of Greenhills, a quiet rural community and hear what went on there a hundred or so years’ ago (Greenhills). Buttons and Bones – York Convicts looks at the convicts stationed at York Convict Depot in a fascinating new display that draws upon recent archaeological excavations. View a selection of works painted by local artists at York’s Art for Anzacs. The York Antique & Collectible Fair will have on display old wares and collectables. Take advantage of the Free Entry Weekends at the National Trust properties at Mangowine (Nungarin) and York Courthouse complex.

Regional – North & East

Enjoy free entry to Central Greenough (Greenough) and Warden Finnerty’s residence (Coolgardie) over the weekends of the festival.