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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

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.

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.

Architecture & design


Initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government, every year for four years an...

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...

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...

Heritage buildings

Royal Exhibition Building

Visit one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions, built for the Great Exhibition of 1880 and later housing the Commonwealth Parliament.

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.

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.

Architecture & design

Labassa Mansion

With its opulent architecture and largely intact original decoration Labassa is one of Australia's most outstanding 19th century mansions. Designed...


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Art, theatre & culture


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.

Things to do

History and heritage

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

Food & wine


Be swept away by the dizzying mix of local and international flavours on offer all across Victoria. Traditional, modern and rustic, it’s all here.