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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Her Majesty's Thetare

Her Majesty's Theatre

Melbourne

Her Majesty's Theatre; The Maj is Melbourne's home to the world's greatest stage shows. Her Majesty's Theatre is a heritage listed lyric theatre that...

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Scots' Church, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Scots' Church

Melbourne

Look up to admire the 120-foot spire and impressive stonework of this decorated Gothic church built by David Mitchell, father of Dame Nellie Melba.

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Culture Secrets - Architectural Fragment, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Architectural Fragment

Melbourne

Discover Petrus Spronk's bluestone sculpture Architectural Fragment, on Swanston Street outside the State Library of Victoria.

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

Athenaeum Theatre

Melbourne

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.

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Bathing boxes, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Culture Secrets - Melbourne Gateway, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne Gateway by DCM

Melbourne

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

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The Capital Venues

The Capital - Bendigo's Performing Arts Centre

Bendigo

The Capital is Bendigo's hub for performing arts, exhibitions, events and corporate functions. It is magnificently located in the charming arts and...

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Black Rock House

Black Rock House

Black Rock

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...

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Bendigo Joss House

Bendigo Joss House Temple

Bendigo

From $4 - $18

At the Bendigo Joss House Temple you can discover more about the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold so long ago. The Bendigo Joss...

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

The Forum

Melbourne

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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