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Heritage buildings

Find reminders of Melbourne’s rich history in the numerous historical buildings and monuments around the city.

The first settlers

See the striking interiors of the World heritage listed Royal Exhibition Buildings and explore horrifying tales of prison life in the Old Melbourne Gaol. Discover Melbourne’s maritime past then stop by the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens to see the reconstructed Cooks’ Cottage  – the childhood home of Captain James Cook, one of the first European navigators to chart the east coast of Australia.

Dreams of Europe

Discover the Italianate architecture of Government House and the lavish French Rennaisance-inspired Como House, or wander through the lush colonial gardens in the Rippon Lea Estate.

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History & heritage

Old Melbourne Gaol

Sentence yourself to a day of fun or a spooky night at Victoria's oldest prison, which housed tough criminals and the infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly.

History & heritage

Werribee Mansion

Smell the roses - all 5000 varieties - in the magnificent grounds of the Victoria's largest private residence, pausing to admire the pastoral style.

History & heritage

Rippon Lea Estate

Visit a grand National Heritage listed estate, established 1868, with sweeping lawns, trees, ornamental lake, fernery, and heritage orchard.

History & heritage

Como House and Garden

A stone's throw away from Melbourne's shopping mecca and perched high above the Yarra River lies the sanctuary of Como. Boasting one of Melbourne's...

History & heritage

Parliament of Victoria

Victoria's Parliament House - one of Australia's oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. The Parliament of Victoria welcomes...

Museums

Schwerkolt Cottage

Visit Schwerkolt Cottage and step back in time as you explore the original pioneer stone cottage. Enjoy beautiful gardens and a park like setting...

Museums

Old Treasury Building

The Old Treasury is regarded as one of the finest public buildings in Australia. Completed in 1862, it was the major government office in Melbourne...

Architecture & design

La Trobe's Cottage

La Trobe's Cottage was Victoria's first Government House. It was the home to Charles Joseph La Trobe, his wife Sophie and their children from 1839 to...

Architecture & design

Labassa

With its opulent architecture and largely intact original decoration Labassa is one of Australia's most outstanding 19th century mansions. Designed...

Architecture & design

Black Rock House

All are welcome to take a tour of Black Rock House on the first Sunday of each month. Tours take place between 1:00pm and 4:00 pm. For groups, Black...

Architecture & design

Trades Hall

Trades Hall is not all work and no play. Discover a number of different venues, which have hosted everything from film screenings to comedy, a bar, bookshop and café.

Heritage buildings

Royal Exhibition Building

Visit one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions, built for the Great Exhibition of 1880 and later housing the Commonwealth Parliament.

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