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Heritage Fleurieu Coast

The Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival is a biennial Festival showcasing the rich and diverse heritage of the Fleurieu Coast.  Initiated by the Yankalilla District Historical Society the first festival was held in 2018 with the aim to promote and share our indigenous, environmental, built and community heritage.


Thank you everyone for your support of the 2024 Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  The month of May was filled with thirty two Heritage Events presented by the Yankalilla District Historical Society and community partners.
Our festival banner logo states – Enjoy Festival events celebrating our region’s heritage – Indigenous, Environment, Built, People, Community.  We certainly achieved that!  There are too many people involved to thank individually so thanks to you all.  And thank you to everyone who came along to the events and supported the festival.

Five women with a framed certificate


The Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival 2022 was awarded Community Event of the Year by the District Council of Yankalilla Council. The Award was presented to YDHS President Sue Speck at the Australia Day Ceremony on 26 January 2023.

From the launch in Myponga where Vanessa the cow won the hearts of all, through to the intense concentration of those learning traditional weaving at the Yankalilla Showgrounds, the award winning 2022 Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival offered a truly diverse and exhilarating experience for all. The geographical diversity of the region was celebrated, with events not only in our main townships of Normanville and Yankalilla but further afield at Myponga, Ingalalla Falls, Second Valley, Wirrina Cove, Inman Valley, Silverton and Delamere. Several events honoured the region’s indigenous heritage with music performed by Indigenous composer Cheryl van Wageningen at the launch (watch out for Cheryl in the 2024 program). and the thought-provoking and challenging, standing-room-only Named Aboriginal Places presentation at Sanders Hall Yankalilla. And many other events and displays enjoyed by all!


In August 2017 a public meeting was held to support the idea of a local Heritage Festival every two years, in conjunction with the South Australian History Trust Festival, for the month of May. The name reflects the District Council of Yankalilla signage ‘Fleurieu Coast' and the word 'Heritage' to suggest a broad interpretation of history.

The inaugural Heritage Fleurieu Coast Program 2018 was a tremendous success. The opening event at the Yankalilla Historical Museum was a great start to the Festival, with many fascinating displays, musical items, demonstrations (including the forge in operation), as well as the official speeches.


The inaugural HFC Festival launch was also the SA History Trust Regional Launch.

Other memorable events included the bus trip around Myponga and Myponga Beach (so popular that a second bus had to be hired to cater for the number of bookings).


Also popular was an archaeological dig at Bald Hills (120 people attending over the two days), and the rededication of the historic Garnet Kelly Reserve. There were also many talks, displays, a play and concerts enjoyed by all.

Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival inaugural opening at Museum 2018
Greg Mackie - Regional launch History Month 2018
Rededication Garnet Kelly Reserve 2018

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