The Territory is a treasure trove of stories and places and the 2017 Australian Heritage Festival is a chance to explore your own extraordinary backyard. Check out the talks, tours and events happening across Darwin. Off The Leash has put together some highlights, but for the full program, visit the National Trust website.
WHEN Tue 18 – Sat 29 Apr | nationaltrust.org.au/nt
Palmerston Rail Trail Walk
Stroll along the route of the original Palmerston to Pine Creek Railway and learn about its 1884 survey and engineering design. Transport back to the start point is provided.
Tue 18 Apr | 5.30-6.30pm | Finlay's Joint | $10
Cemetery Ghost Walk
Get your spook on and visit Darwin’s colourful citizens of yesteryear with a nighttime tour of the 1873 Goyder Road Cemetery.
Mon 19 Apr | 7.30pm | Goyder Road Cemetery | $5
History and Heritage Tour
Take a tour of rarely explored heritage sites in and around Darwin and cap it off with a BBQ surrounded by the incredible collection of memorabilia at the old Qantas Hangar.
Thu 20 Apr | 5pm | 1934 Qantas Hangar, Parap | $20
The Heritage Debate – Should Government House join Airbnb?
Have a chuckle and listen to speakers Sally Thomas, Professor Martin Carroll and Mel Little debate the pros and cons of Gov House joining the Airbnb trend that's sweeping the globe.
Fri 21 Apr | 7pm | Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory | $10
From Bombers to Batchelor
It’s been 75 years since the WWII bombing raids on Darwin and the North. Learn about the lesser-known but signi cant WWII sites inland from Darwin on this guided bus tour.
Sun 23 Apr | 9am-5.30pm | Burnett House | $20
Barbara James Memorial Lecture
Indigenous politician and journalist Malarndirri McCarthy will give this year’s speech echoing the Heritage Festival theme ‘Having a voice.’
Thu 27 Apr | 5.30pm | Northern Territory Library | Free
Heritage Quiz Night at Burnett House
Try your hand and knowledge at the Heritage Trivia Night and take in the tropical architecture of the past at heritage listed Burnett House. Topics include wartime, early TV, song lines and around Darwin.
Fri 28 Apr | 5.45pm | Burnett House | $10