Sunday 4 August 2019

10:00am - 4:00pm

At Tempe House on the banks of the Cooks River, Sydney, NSW

The Living Heritage Festival is hosted by the Historic Houses Association at Tempe House. This all-day festival is a celebration of the forgotten crafts of the past and the heritage skills of the tomorrow. See diverse craft specialists and producers; engage with pop-up history talks; join in hands-on craft workshops, and watch fascinating demonstrations.

Exhibitions and Demonstrations – Pop Up Presentations – Stalls and Performances - Parade

Traditional trade skills on display in the chapel include heritage stonework, paint, stenciling and wood graining techniques. Exhibition of rare colonial fashion gowns with demonstrations by a range of craft artisans. Learn the art of quilling and join a sewing circle.


Across Discovery Point Park and Mt Olympus enjoy history pop-up and tours – hear from local historians about the stories of the people, house and life around Tempe House from the 1830s to today’s restoration. Chat to the experts about native bee keeping, heritage sustainability and learn about how life was lived on the banks of the Cooks River.

Artisan and local food stalls and ‘Willie the Boatman’ craft beer for sale.

Join the fashion parade of 1830s ruffs.

Access to the Pop Up Presentations, Demonstrations, Exhibitions and Stalls are all included with the General Entry ticket. Tickets available to purchase on the day or pre-purchase tickets online to skip the queues.

Children 12 and under go free.


General Entry Tickets

Demonstrations, Exhibitions & Stalls

Pop Up Presentations



Get hands-on and use recycled material to create a no-waste basket that you can take home. Find out how to research the history of your house from a local studies historian. Learn practical skills in conservation and how to value your precious antiques.


Historians, writers and community activists have been brought together to discuss and delve into the layered histories of Tempe House site, landscape and the river environment. Each session of three speakers focuses on a specific theme ranging from histories of place, architecture and social life to popular expressions of history and questions of identity.


Tempe House is located between the Princes Highway and Brodie Spark Drive. 

We highly recommend travelling by public transport as parking is limited in surrounding streets.


Wolli Creek Train Station is 500m from Tempe House. 

Bus to Cahill Park, Princes Hwy, Wolli Creek (Stop ID 220561)

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