National Trust NSW

Australian Heritage Festival 2022

Australia's largest community-driven heritage event featuring a program of more than 150 events and activities across NSW

Festivals & Programs

Event Details


Festivals & Programs

Event Starts

Apr 1, 2022

Event Ends

May 31, 2022

An annual celebration of natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places and activities across NSW and nationally, the Australian Heritage Festival is the nation’s largest community-driven heritage event.


Featuring a massive program of FREE and ticketed events and activities including exhibitions, walking tours, films, expert talks, workshops, food fairs, tours of historical sites, ceremonies, demonstrations, special dinners, lunches and so much more, the Australian Heritage Festival 2022 will be on from 1 April – 31 May.


For more than 40 years, the National Trust has connected the nation through the Australian Heritage Festival. Established in 1980 with this year’s theme of Curiosity, the Festival offers families, nature, history and culture-enthusiasts an ideal opportunity to become immersed in the unique heritage of NSW through special access to some our most extraordinary heritage hotspots.


Furthermore, the Festival also provides patronage, support and deserved-recognition to many community-based groups and organisations featured in the Festival program that have been through an incredibly tough few years.


“We are thrilled to present the Australian Heritage Festival for 2022,” said Debbie Mills, Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust (NSW). “After an incredibly tough few years, this is a fantastic opportunity for the community to get out and explore heritage locally. Our theme is ‘curiosity’ and I’d encourage everyone to be inquisitive about heritage, and to actively discover our diverse and vibrant past. With over 150 events and activities throughout NSW, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.’’


The Australian Heritage Festival is coordinated annually by the National Trust of Australia and is supported by the NSW Government through Heritage NSW.


Minister for Environment and Heritage James Griffin said: “The Festival has grown to become the largest annual community-driven heritage festival celebrated in New South Wales. It gives everyone in NSW an opportunity to learn more about stories of our past, including our rich Indigenous heritage.”  


Sam Kidman, Executive Director of Heritage NSW said: “We’re proud to support the Australian Heritage Festival taking place across New South Wales. A highlight is the 28th annual National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards on 13 May 2022. The Awards acknowledge outstanding heritage practice and the hard work and dedication of individuals, community groups and organisations working on projects big and small.”

The 2022 Australian Heritage Festival program is now live for public viewing online. Event organisers who have not yet registered are still encouraged to list events for inclusion over the next month.


Each year the festival features a program of FREE and ticketed events and activities that operate right across New South Wales, as well as online offerings. The program is now live at 


Registrations for event organisers who want to be part of the official Australian Heritage Festival are open until 25 March 2022. Register via


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