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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Parliament of Victoria at night

Parliament of Victoria

East Melbourne

Victoria's Parliament House - one of Australia's oldest and most architecturally distinguished public buildings. The Parliament of Victoria welcomes...

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The Walk Arcade

The Walk Arcade

Melbourne

The Walk Arcade offers high profile national and specialty stores catering for all your shopping needs. Located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD,...

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La Trobe's Cottage

La Trobe's Cottage

South Yarra

From $3 - $10

La Trobe's Cottage was Victoria's first Government House. It was the home to Charles Joseph La Trobe, his wife Sophie and their children from 1839 to...

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

The Block Arcade

Melbourne

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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Temple

Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple

Carrum Downs

The Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple at Carrum Downs is a culmination of years of planning by the Hindu Society of Victoria, a skilled team of Indian...

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Gum San

Gum San Chinese Heritage

Ararat

Unearth the critical and quirky contributions of the Chinese miners who came to the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, through interactive exhibits.

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Rippon Lea House and Gardens

Rippon Lea Estate

Elsternwick

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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Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre

Southbank

Listen to the best local and international performers at this outstanding, purpose-built recital hall in the heart of the Southbank arts precinct.

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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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Anderson's Mill

Andersons Mill, Smeaton Historic Area

Smeaton

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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