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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

Montsalvat

Canvas charming mudbrick cottages housing artists’ studios and a French provincial restaurant, on five acres of peacock-patronised garden in Eltham.

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...

Heritage buildings

Flinders Street Station

Stand beneath the clocks of Melbourne's iconic central railway station, as tourists and Melburnians alike have done for generations.

Architecture & design

Villa Alba Museum

Villa Alba Museum is an 1880 Italianate mansion in Kew adjacent to Studley Park. It is lavishly decorated with painted ceilings and walls with trompe...

Museums

Old Treasury Building

The Old Treasury is regarded as one of the finest public buildings in Australia. Completed in 1862, it was the major government office in Melbourne...

Architecture & design

Shrine of Remembrance

An iconic landmark honouring the service of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. The visitor centre hosts exhibitions and events.

Art galleries

Bendigo Pottery

Explore the gallery showcasing ceramics and artwork or throw a pot on the wheel and create your very own piece of art.

Heritage buildings

Parliament of Victoria

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

Heritage buildings

McCrae Homestead and Museum

Explore one of Victoria’s oldest pioneering homesteads and its neighbouring museum, discovering fascinating family heirlooms and artworks.

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