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History & heritage

The past is always present in Victoria. Nearly everywhere you look, you'll discover evidence of the state's proud and fascinating history, from elegant Victorian-era buildings and Murray River paddle steamers to maritime museums and steam trains.

Discover beautifully preserved goldmining towns, bushrangers lairs, and ancient burial sites testifying to the long history of Aboriginal occupation. Explore the wealth of history and heritage in each of Victoria's regions.

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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.

History & heritage

Old Melbourne Gaol

Sentence yourself to a day of fun or a spooky night at Victoria's oldest prison, which housed tough criminals and the infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly.

Maritime history

Cape Otway Lightstation

Climb for dramatic views and stories of shipwrecks at this historic lighthouse perched on towering cliffs where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean.

History & heritage

Puffing Billy Steam Railway

All aboard for a ride on Australia's oldest steam railway, through thick forests and lush fern gullies, or travel first class for olden-times romance.

Arts & culture

Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre

Learn about the flora and fauna of the region and explore Aboriginal culture in the natural oasis of the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park.

Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

Gold rush history

Sovereign Hill

Strike it rich with a day out in 1850s Ballarat and pan for gold, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and relive the Eureka Rebellion with sound and light.

History & heritage

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre invites you to come walk the path of our river pioneers. The iconic Port of Echuca, located two and a half hours...

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Wangaratta Family History Society

Wangaratta Family History Society are a significant family history organisation in North East Victoria. They house an extensive collection of...

History & heritage

Lake View House

Lake View House is the childhood home of Henry Handel Richardson, pseudonym of Ethel Florence Richardson, author of 'The Getting of Wisdom' and...

History & heritage

Wentworth Cemetery

Wentworth has some very old burials, dating back to the 1850s. Many of the district's pioneers are buried at the Wentworth Cemetery including several...

Museums

Jewish Holocaust Centre

The Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC) offers the unique experience of hearing eyewitness accounts from Holocaust survivors who volunteer as guides in the...

Museums

Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead & Museum

Come and enjoy Mont De Lancey; located less than an hour's drive from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley, it is an excellent destination for a...

History & heritage

Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre

Visit the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre in Nathalia to discover and explore the colourful history of the Barmah National Park. Learn...

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

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...

History & heritage

Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway

The Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway was formed in 1994 under the auspices of the Red Cliffs Rotary Club to operate the restored Kerr Stuart...

Maritime history

Polly Woodside

Launched in Belfast in 1885, the Polly Woodside sailed 1. 5 million kilometres around the globe. Located in the heart of Melbourne's South Wharf...

History & heritage

Rippon Lea Estate

Visit a grand National Heritage listed estate, established 1868, with sweeping lawns, trees, ornamental lake, fernery, and heritage orchard.

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...

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