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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Melbourne Star Starring Melbourne

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel


From $19 - $40

Take a 30-minute ride on Melbourne's newest star attraction for extraordinary views and a unique bird's-eye perspective of the city and surrounds.

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

Royal Exhibition Building


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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McCrae Homestead

McCrae Homestead and Museum


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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Family arrival at Bonegilla

Bonegilla Migrant Experience


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

The Forum


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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The Heights

The Heights Heritage House and Garden


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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Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Abbotsford Convent


Home to some of Melbourne's best visual artists, writers and illustrators, the convent is a calm, creative haven on the inner city fringe.

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Culture Secrets - Trades Hall, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

Trades Hall


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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Villa Alba Museum


Villa Alba Museum is an 1880 Italianate mansion in Kew adjacent to Studley Park. It is lavishly decorated with painted ceilings and walls with trompe...

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Rippon Lea House and Gardens

Rippon Lea Estate


From $4 - $35

Visit a grand National Heritage listed estate, established 1868, with sweeping lawns, trees, ornamental lake, fernery, and heritage orchard.

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