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Government House and La Trobe's Cottage Tour

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La Trobe's Cottage Tour

Guided tours of Government House from La Trobe's Cottage have returned.

The tours provide a tangible link between the pre-gold rush and Marvellous Melbourne, giving a fascinating insight into the contract between the two properties and the eras they represent.

Although still a working residence today, Government House tours may include the grand State Rooms, the Billiard Room and a visit 'below stairs' to the old kitchens and mews.

Bookings are essential.

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  • The tours run on Mondays and Thursdays for individuals or for groups of up to 30 people and are subject to the availability of Government House and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Please call or visit the website for more information.

Tour highlights:
  • Government House
  • Self guided

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La Trobe's Cottage was the original home of Victoria's first Lt. Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe from 1839 to 1854.

Although described by a visitor in 1852 as small but elegantly furnished and standing in spacious grounds, La Trobe’s Cottage is now a vital part of Victoria’s history. The cottage was made from prefabricated materials brought from England to be the home of La Trobe, his wife Sophie and their children.

Melbourne’s oldest surviving building, the restored cottage replicates the original prefabricated structure and contains items belonging to La Trobe and other artefacts from the earliest time of Victoria’s settlement.

  • National Trust