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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

The Heights Heritage House and Garden

The Heights Heritage House and Garden dates back to the 1850s. The house was built in 1855 and is remarkable for being the largest (14 rooms) German,...

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

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

Melbourne Recital Centre

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

Parks & gardens

Garden of St Erth

The Garden of St Erth is a beautiful historic house and garden not far from Daylesford and Ballarat. Explore the gardens and discover an...

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...

History & heritage

Dow's Pharmacy

Built in 1859 in Chiltern and bought by Hilda and Roy Dow in 1930, the unique Dow's Pharmacy displays a fascinating history of a country pharmacy...

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...

Architecture & design

Barwon Park

Barwon Park (1871) is a majestic 42 room blue-stone Italianate mansion built for prominent Western District squatter Thomas Austin and his wife...


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