The National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory)

The National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory) is a community based not for profit heritage charity dedicated to promoting and conserving the heritage of the Northern Territory.

It is not a government organisation or department. It was established by an Act of the Legislative Assembly in 1976, and is affiliated with the Australian Council of National Trusts.

The Trust concerns itself with:

  • Raising public awareness of heritage through events, tours, and publications
  • Lobbying the government about heritage issues
  • Managing a number of historic properties across the Territory
  • Maintaining reference libraries and archival material and a register of significant places.

The work of the National Trust is supported by individual members, volunteers and a professional staff who have proven experience and expertise in all areas of heritage conservation and interpretation.



The National Trust is presenting a range of events and activities across the Northern Territory for the 2014 Heritage Festival Week, from the 10th to the 17th April.

This year’s Heritage theme is ‘Journeys’, in celebration of our passage, both physical and cultural, from our various points of origin to the Australia of today. Whether through migration, immigration, culture or travel, the stories and interpretations of our diverse ‘journeys’ are integral to our history and our heritage.

Events planned for the Darwin region include  heritage  and guided walks, a self-drive historical tour, open house events at the Myilly Point Heritage Precinct, a history symposium, a ghost walk through the pioneer cemetery, and of course afternoon tea at Burnett House and the notable Barbara James Memorial Lecture.

Please click the link in the News and Events side bar to view the full program.

Precinct Walkers with Burnett Hse in g'ground 200413






In 2013 the Council of the National Trust completed a strategic review of the organisation and its operations throughout the Territory. One outcome of the review was a resolution to  develop an appropriate management plan for  each of the heritage places in the care of the Trust. The most important aspect of this management plan was that the properties must be sustainable into the future. Prior to 1991 and the advent of the Heritage Conservation Act, the best way to achieve this was most often through the continuing ownership of the National Trust.

The Heritage Conservation Act 1991, and its successor the Heritage Act 2011, now provide comprehensive protection for all places on the Northern Territory Heritage Register. The National Trust has been a major player in the creation and review of these Acts and is confident that they provide thorough and appropriate protection for the Northern Territory’s heritage places. The Trust now does not have to own property to ensure its heritage integrity is maintained, the  legislation does that.

As part of the review of its properties the National Trust determined that some places could reasonably be sold providing an opportunity for an astute buyer to acquire a unique heritage place and care for it into the future.  86 Hartley Street is one such place.

86 Hartley Street is a magnificent example of an early 20th century Central Australian house, designed by renowned architect Beni Burnett.  The Trust has been proud to own and care for this property and it is this care as much as its location within the Alice Springs Heritage Precinct that gives the Trust confidence in its sale and makes it a perfect candidate for a new owner. The property will be sold through an Expression of Interest process.

Income from the sale of this property will be invested to assist the Trust in continuing to manage isolated and unique properties it owns throughout the Territory. For the most part these places are not sustainable without external financial support.  The properties are the Stuart Town Gaol in Alice Springs, Tuxworth Fullwood House in Tennant Creek, Jones Store at Newcastle Waters, Pine Creek Railway Precinct and the Pine Creek Museum.