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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

Old Castlemaine Gaol

Looming atop the western horizon in Castlemaine sits a symbol of justice for the Goldfields. The Old Castlemaine Gaol was first built in 1861 and has...

Architecture & design

Maxims of Behaviour

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

Theatre & musicals

Athenaeum Theatre

Book your place in history and catch a show in this heritage-listed building housing the Athenaeum Theatre and the Last Laugh at the Comedy Club.

Architecture & design

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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

Architecture & design

Black Rock House

All are welcome to take a tour of Black Rock House on the first Sunday of each month. Tours take place between 1:00pm and 4:00 pm. For groups, Black...

Heritage buildings

Old Wentworth Gaol

The Old Wentworth Gaol offers a self-guided tour that gives you a chance to inspect the inside of a fascinating historical landmark, designed to...

Heritage buildings

Altona Homestead

The Altona Homestead was the first to be constructed in the area, beginning in 1842. It has a rich history serving as a residence, holiday housing...

Performing arts

Capital Venues and Events

Bendigo is the home of three of the most captivating and unique theatres. Take Centre Stage in Bendigo at Ulumbarra Theatre, The Capital and the...

Heritage buildings

Malmsbury Viaduct

Take a stroll out to the back of the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and see the outline of the Malmsbury Viaduct stretching across the Coliban River.

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