Celebrate Canberra heritage – ready, set, go!

Released 16/04/2018

There is so much to see and do in the nation's capital and surrounds during the first week of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival! Held over the school holiday and Anzac Day period, there is something for everyone with a number of open days, tours, talks, and interactive events.

“If you want to learn more about local Aboriginal culture while getting crafty, head to Jerrabomberra Wetlands on Monday 16 April to decorate your own boomerang,” Festival coordinator Linda Roberts said.

“This event is fun for the whole family and once you show off your creative flare, Ngunnawal man Richie Allan will even show you how to throw it properly.

“If you’re keen to continue your heritage explorations on into the night, bring the family to join a spooky torchlight tour at St John’s churchyard. Explore this shadowy site and hear tales of the many pioneers buried here at a graveyard which predated our city by almost 70 years!

“If you want to explore Canberra’s natural history, head for a woodlands walk on Friday 20 April at the iconic Black Mountain Nature Reserve. If you are sick of driving past it, join local botanist Rosemary Purdie to learn about key characteristics of the reserve and experience the site’s winding trails and stunning views first hand.

“Ever wondered what school was like for kids back in the 1800s? Explore St John’s Church and Schoolhouse Museum – Canberra’s very first school! The property has collected a series of fascinating artefacts and stories over its 170 year history, which visitors are invited to explore on Wednesday 18 April through tours and displays.

“If you are looking to stretch your legs a bit with the kids, why not head out on an adventure at Lanyon Homestead with the Lanyon Discovery Pack? The pack includes a Discovery Farm Walk Map and other fun activities to help you discover this picturesque, heritage-listed homestead, gardens and surrounds. The pack is available to visitors from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 April.

“Want an excuse to venture further afield? From 18-24 April you can binge on history at Braidwood Museum which displays a rich variety of stories from the heritage listed town. See vintage farm machinery, a movable jail cell and Chinese treasures and learn about our gold rush and bushranger history,” Mrs Roberts said.

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

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