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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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Heide Museum of Modern Art

Be inspired by three dedicated exhibition spaces, two historic kitchen gardens and a sculpture park, all located on 15 acres of beautiful landscape.

Architecture & design

Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple

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...

Heritage buildings

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.

Architecture & design

Benalla Ceramic Mural

The Benalla Ceramic Mural emerges from the rolling green lawns on the shore of Lake Benalla, opposite the Benalla Art Gallery. Explore the nooks and...

Heritage buildings

Nicholas Building

Take the veteran lifts to floor after floor of studios and galleries in this heritage-listed creative hub. See behind the scenes at an Open Day.

Heritage buildings

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.

Heritage buildings

St Patrick's Cathedral

Enter via the Pilgrim Path, absorbing the tranquil sounds of water and the spiritual quotes before seeking sanctuary beneath the gargoyles and spires.

Heritage buildings

Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens

Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens provides a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy cultural heritage and public programs, art exhibitions,...

Heritage buildings

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

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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