Every place has a story. It's these stories that transform locations to have a sense of place.

The annual NSW Heritage Festival offers a range of history-focused events. This year, the Australian Heritage Festival will be held between 18 April to 19 May 2020.

We update this page every year to bring you the latest events.

Sydney Highlights of the Australian Heritage Festival 2020

Here are our picks of NSW Heritage Week walking tours. The program is still being released so this is what we know so far…

Warami Mittigar – Aboriginal Cultural Walk

An easy walk along the river with an Aboriginal traditional custodian, learning about connections to land, plant uses, tools, hunting and other aspects of local culture.

  • Location: Parramatta
  • Hosted by: Parramatta Visitor Information Centre
  • Date: Sunday 10 May 2020
  • Cost: $10
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Gore Hill Heritage Festival Walking Tour

A free guided walk through Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest remaining cemeteries in metropolitan Sydney.

  • Location: St Leonards
  • Hosted by: Friends of Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery
  • Date: Sunday 17 May 2020
  • Cost: Free
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Performing Arts Heritage Walk

Theatre lovers are invited on a leisurely walk visiting three significant performing arts sites around North Sydney.

  • Location: Neutral Bay
  • Hosted by: Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation
  • Date: Thursday 23 April 2020
  • Cost: Donation
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Local History Walk: Bellevue Hill

Experience how the vision of past governments and estate owners has impacted the current landscape, as well as the natural and cultural heritage of Bellevue Hill.

  • Location: Bellevue Hill
  • Hosted by: Woollahra Municipal Council
  • Date: Saturday 2 May and Wednesday 6 May 2020
  • Cost: $10
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Other Walking Events

Our range of self-guided walks in Sydney emphasise the area's natural and cultural heritage. Find another Sydney walk to enjoy at your leisure, year-round.

If you prefer the camaraderie of a charity event, then pick from our calendar of Sydney walking events, with diary highlights including Coastrek, Oxfam Trailwalker, Bloody Long Walk and more.

If you're a history buff, then try these Sydney cemetery walking tours, available year-round either guided or self-guided.


Tara Wells is a freelance journalist who is delighted to combine her love of hiking – and Sydney – with storytelling.

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