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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Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck

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.

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Culture Secrets - Melbourne Gateway, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne Gateway by DCM


This architectural practice has helped shape Melbourne’s contemporary landscape with its innovative and eye-catching constructions.

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Buda Historic Home & Garden Spring 2012

Buda Historic Home & Garden


From $5 - $30

Buda Historic Home & Garden is one of the great heritage assets of the Goldfields region. Buda was built in 1861 and from 1863 was the home of noted...

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Anderson's Mill

Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area


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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Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong Performing Arts Centre


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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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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Detail of ceiling, Block Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Block Arcade


Wander through this iconic arcade, which boasts a soaring glass canopy and mosaic floors inspired by Milan's famed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

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McCrae Homestead

McCrae Homestead and Museum


From $4 - $20

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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Manchester Unity Building, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Manchester Unity Building


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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Como House

Como House and Garden

South Yarra

A stone's throw away from Melbourne's shopping mecca and perched high above the Yarra River lies the sanctuary of Como. Boasting one of Melbourne's...

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