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Astounding history awaits visitors for the Australian Heritage Festival

Friday 26 April, 2019


26 April 2019: The Australian Heritage Festival is a celebration of Australia’s history, bringing together communities to learn about and appreciate the magnificent heritage places and stories that have shaped Australia. Parks Victoria is a proud partner of the 2019 Victorian program , and is hosting a number of events that showcase the unique stories that can be found in parks across the state.

In The Steps of Phar Lap - Braeside Park; 29 April – 9:30am

Braeside Park was once home to the legendary horse Phar Lap, who lived, trained and cantered in the parks’ grounds. The guided walking tour takes in the Phar Lap Track and the many sites, tributes, artworks and sculptures related to this iconic thoroughbred, as well as the history of the wider park. More information and bookings can be made here.

Langwarrin Military History Walk – Langwarrin Flora & Fauna Reserve; 2 May – 4pm

Nestled between Frankston and Langwarrin, this seemingly undisturbed native bushland actually has a military history spanning over a hundred years. From 1886 until 1979, the park was home to an array of military activities and whilst all of the buildings associated with this use have been removed, evidence of its past remains. This tour will highlight these remnants in the landscape, while also reflecting on the native flora and fauna that can now be found in the park. Bookings can be made here.

These events are free but do require pre-booking - tickets are booking fast!

The Australian Heritage Festival is an initiative of the National Trust of Australia, who bring together a range of events presented by community groups, local councils, heritage groups, and individuals. The festival seeks to inspire the community to appreciate, respect, and celebrate their cultural heritage.

Parks Victoria are an official partner of the 2019 Victorian program of the Australian Heritage Festival.

Quotes attributable to Kim Wilson, Historic Heritage Coordinator, Parks Victoria:

Parks Victoria manages the largest range of heritage places on public land across Victoria. Given our role as custodian of these significant places, we are proud to support the Australian Heritage Festival and be able to provide opportunities for the community to learn more about Victoria’s diverse heritage.

We’re excited to show people how culture meets nature in Victoria’s diverse landscapes, and to share what makes heritage places so special during the Australian Heritage Festival.


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0497 555 192

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