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Big weekend out at the 2018 Heritage Festival

HerCanberra Team

You can see ancient fossils, discover our political history, learn about our built heritage, discover the age of steam and more at the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival this weekend.

“Back for its second weekend, visitors can discover what makes our region unique at a range of talks, tours displays and interactive events,” says Festival coordinator Linda Roberts.

Here are some ideas.

Saturday activities

Join a Design for Democracy tour and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the completion of Parliament House. Running for one week only, the tour offers you the chance to go behind the scenes and explore the architecture, landscape design and art collections that make up this iconic building.

Go on a Democracy Heritage Walk and continue your political heritage explorations. Starting at Old Parliament House, the sites that you will visit on the tour represent different aspects of our democracy at work, how it works and who makes it work – us!

Learn about Barton – one of our city’s first suburbs. Walk through Telopea Park and surrounding streets to discover the stories connecting the everyday people and places in this historic area.

Attend the Library Open Day at the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra in Cook. Find resources that are not on the web and join talks at 1 pm and 2 pm that will help you uncover your family heritage.

Sunday activities

Discover life in Canberra over 425 million years ago and head to Woolshed Creek fossil heritage site!

Experience the age of steam in Gouburn! Explore Goulburn’s industrial history and see two operational 1800s stationary steam engines housed in a Victorian-style pumphouse. Enjoy a tour, snack in the café or picnic along the Wollondilly River.

See the unique heritage of Canberra Alpine country at Mount Franklin Open Day. Spend time exploring this stunning site, view historic snow recreation items and enjoy tales of Canberra’s snow stories from Canberra Alpine Club members.

The 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival runs until Sunday 29 April. For more information and to view the program visit


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