Bendigo streetscape, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia
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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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Family arrival at Bonegilla

Bonegilla Migrant Experience

Bonegilla

Visit a rare surviving example of a post war migrant camp featuring remnant huts and buildings of Block 19, one of the original accommodation blocks.

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Wentworth Courthouse

Wentworth Courthouse

Wentworth

Wentworth Courthouse is National Trust Listed and is still in use for local court sessions. The Wentworth Court House was opened on 13 April 1880. It...

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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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Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

Ballarat central

Soak up old-world elegance in this beautifully renovated grand 1875 theatre, with top-notch drama, dance and music performances throughout the year.

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Buda Historic Home & Garden Spring 2012

Buda Historic Home & Garden

Castlemaine

From $5 - $30

While away an afternoon exploring the historic villa and enchanting gardens established by prominent silversmith Ernest Leviny in the 1860s.

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The Arts Centre at Night

Arts Centre Melbourne

Melbourne

See local and international performances and exhibitions at Melbourne's home of performing arts. Take a tour and browse the Sunday arts and craft market.

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Manchester Unity Building, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Manchester Unity Building

Melbourne

Admire the Art Deco architecture and elegant ornate arcade of this heritage-listed landmark on the corner of Collins and Swanston streets, built in 1932.

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McCrae Homestead

McCrae Homestead and Museum

Mccrae

From $4 - $26

McCrae Homestead and Museum is located down the Mornington Peninsula in the coastal suburb of McCrae. The McCrae Homestead, built in 1844 by Andrew...

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Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong

Geelong Performing Arts Centre is a hub for live entertainment in the region, attracting some of the best performers from throughout Australia and...

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The Old Treasury Building, built from 1858-1862.

Old Treasury Building

Melbourne

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...

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