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See the depth and diversity of Victoria's cultural heritage reflected in its striking architectural treasures. From heritage buildings and stark mid-century architecture to bold contemporary designs, Melbourne and Victoria boast cityscapes and main streets highlighted by the contrast of old and new.

City icons
Start your city wanderings at Federation Square, with its signature shard-like buildings, a world away from the Moorish Revival-exteriors of the nearby Forum Theatre. Cross the Yarra to check out the futuristic shapes of the Arts Centre's beacon-like spire and Eureka Tower. Keen on art deco? Head across the Manchester Unity Building on Collins Street and Cathedral Arcade, located on the corner of Flinders Lane's and Swanston Streets.

For a look inside some of the city's favourite buildings, visit during Open House in July for tours of over 100 buildings around the city. 

Regional treasures
See the architectural evidence of Victoria's gold rush and pioneer history in towns and villages across the region, from Bendigo and Castlemaine to Ballarat and Mildura. Take yourself on a self-guided walking tour down main street, check out historical landmarks and time your visit for the Ballarat Heritage Weekend – a the celebration of the town's past.

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Forum Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

The Forum

Melbourne

Catch local heroes and international artists at this spectacular venue where the architecture and interior design add an enchanting edge to any gig.

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Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

Royal Exhibition Building

Carlton

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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Culture Secrets - Maxims of Behaviour, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Maxims of Behaviour

Melbourne

A kinetic coloured light display designed by Alexander Knox, MoB has taken over the Royal Mail House building, transforming it completely.

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Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

Flinders Street Station

Melbourne

Stand beneath the clocks of Melbourne's iconic central railway station, as tourists and Melburnians alike have done for generations.

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Culture Secrets - Trades Hall, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Trades Hall

Carlton

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.

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Nicholas Building, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Nicholas Building

Melbourne

Take the veteran lifts to floor after floor of studios and galleries in this heritage-listed creative hub. See behind the scenes at an Open Day.

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

South Wharf, Melbourne

Leaning over riverbank lawns, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre plays host to festivals, exhibitions, conventions and gigs of all sizes.

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Anderson's Mill

Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area

Smeaton

In a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Anderson's Mill stands as a powerful reminder of an industry that flourished after...

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Bundoora Homestead

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Bundoora

Feel at home at this contemporary art gallery housed in a historic mansion, hosting visual arts and craft exhibitions, artist talks, workshops and events.

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The Heights

The Heights Heritage House and Garden

Newtown

From $4 - $20

The Heights Heritage House and Garden dates back to the 1850s. The house was built in 1855 and is remarkable for being the largest (14 rooms) German,...

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