Celebrate Canberra’s heritage this week with a wide range of activities

Lachlan Roberts 18 April 2018

The theme of this year’s event is My Culture, My Story and it investigates what makes a place special. Photo: Supplied.

The 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival started last weekend and runs for two weeks with a program packed full of events for the history buff.

Held over the school holiday and Anzac Day period, this week is action-packed with a number of open days, tours and events.

The theme of this year’s event is My Culture, My Story and it shows what makes a place special and celebrates the Aboriginal, European and natural heritage of Canberra.

Here are this week’s events:

17th – 21st April – Heritage Adventure: Lanyon Discovery Pack

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.

18th April – Historical Treasure Houses: St John’s Church and Schoolhouse Museum

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.

20th Apil – Woodland Walk is a Black Mountain Treasure

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.

20th April – Cotter Pumping Station Heritage Tour

Join a tour of one of the ACT’s oldest buildings, the 1915 Cotter Pumping Station.

Visitors will learn about the history of the Cotter River catchment, the dams and infrastructure that has been supplying Canberrans with a fresh clean water for over 100 years.

Visitors are required to wear long pants, long sleeves and closed flat shoes for this walking tour. Numbers are limited.

18th – 24th – Braidwood Museum History Binge

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.

Check the full program of events here.

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