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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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Performing arts

Arts Centre Melbourne

See local and international performances and exhibitions at Melbourne's home of performing arts. Take a tour and browse the Sunday arts and craft market.

Heritage buildings

Ararat Railway Museum

The Ararat Railway Museum is managed by the Ararat Railway Heritage Association, who formed in 1995 to preserve some of the history of the railways...

Heritage buildings

Woods Point Petrol Station

This renowned little fuel stop harks back to Woods Point’s hey-day. The tiny, original timber building was once a functioning petrol station and bore...

Heritage buildings

Beleura House and Garden

Book ahead for a half-day guided tour of this stunning 1863 Italianate mansion and its gardens, with lunch and shuttle bus transport provided.

Performing arts

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...

Heritage buildings

The Old Paper Mills at Fyansford

The Old Paper Mills at Fyansford are a hidden treasure. Here, you will be able to enjoy a rich history that dates back to the early beginnings of...

Heritage buildings

Razorback Hut

Until recent times, local mountain country cattlemen used Razorback Hut during annual stock drives. Today, the site is a popular overnight stop for...

Art galleries

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Feel at home at this contemporary art gallery housed in a historic mansion, hosting visual arts and craft exhibitions, artist talks, workshops and events.

Heritage buildings

St Paul's Cathedral

Leave the bustling Flinders Street Station intersection behind and enter the peaceful place of worship that's long been at the heart of city life.

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Uncover Victoria's proud history, from preserved goldmining relics, Murray River paddle steamers, bushrangers' lairs and ancient Aboriginal artefacts.

Art, theatre & culture

Museums

From the living history of Sovereign Hill to the wonder of Scienceworks, there are many worlds to explore in Victoria's fascinating, diverse museums.

Art, theatre & culture

Art galleries

From Indigenous works to contemporary installations, Victoria's countless galleries showcase a wide range of Australian and international talent.