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.