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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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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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Museums

Jewish Museum of Australia

The Jewish Museum of Australia is the only museum in Victoria that explores and celebrates the breadth of Australian Jewish life, culture and...

Heritage buildings

Montsalvat

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

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...

History & heritage

Ned Kelly Touring Route - Benalla

The Ned Kelly Touring Route - Benalla takes in the major Kelly gang sights in and around Benalla. Serious students of bushranger history will want to...

Heritage buildings

Cooks' Cottage

Discover Melbourne's rich history and walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook's family through their eighteenth-century two-storey cottage and garden.

Museums

RAAF Museum

The RAAF Museum is home to Australia's largest collection of memorabilia and aircraft relating to the rich history of the Australian Flying Corps and...

History & heritage

Werribee Park and Mansion

Smell the roses - all 5000 varieties - in the magnificent grounds of the Victoria's largest private residence, pausing to admire the pastoral style.

Heritage buildings

Old Gippstown

Step back in time to the 1850′s and enjoy a visit to Old Gippstown, Gippsland's Heritage Park in Moe. This complete historical township filled with...

History & heritage

Queenscliffe Historical Museum

The Queenscliffe Historical Museum is situated in Hesse Street between the post office and library, in the township of Queenscliff. Opened in 1974,...

Gold rush history

Gum San Chinese Heritage

Unearth the critical and quirky contributions of the Chinese miners who came to the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, through interactive exhibits.

Museums

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat)

The Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI) is Ballarat's independently run cultural hub, established 1859, and home to stunning heritage architecture...

Heritage buildings

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Climb the stone steps to the lamp room of one of the oldest lighthouses in Victoria and look out over the blue waters of Bass Strait from the balcony.

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