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Architecture & design

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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Heritage buildings

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Climb the stone steps to the lamp room of one of the oldest lighthouses in Victoria and look out over the blue waters of Bass Strait from the balcony.

Heritage buildings

Bathing boxes

The peninsula's rainbow-coloured bathing boxes have provided a colourful backdrop to countless swims and lazy beach days all around the bay.

Architecture & design

Black Rock House

Black Rock House was built in 1856 by Victoria's first Auditor-General, Charles Hotson Ebden as his seaside retreat. Complete with a castle wall and...

Art galleries

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Be inspired by three dedicated exhibition spaces, two historic kitchen gardens and a sculpture park, all located on 15 acres of beautiful landscape.

Heritage buildings

Old Beechworth Gaol

The Old Beechworth Gaol is one of Australia’s most significant post European cultural sites. Its role in the chain of events that led to the...

Architecture & design

La Trobe's Cottage

La Trobe's Cottage is the original home of Victoria's first Lt. Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe from 1839 to 1854. Although described by a visitor...

Architecture & design

Barwon Park

Barwon Park (1871) is a majestic 42 room blue-stone Italianate mansion built for prominent Western District squatter Thomas Austin and his wife...

Museums

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat)

The Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI) is Ballarat's independently run cultural hub, established 1859, and home to stunning heritage architecture...

Heritage buildings

Maryborough School House

Maryborough Schoolhouse Village is the perfect place to enjoy spending time with friends both old and new. The Schoolhouse was the site of...

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