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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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Gold rush history

Sale Powder Magazine

Colonial Governments in Victoria built Powder Magazines to provide safe conditions for the storage of explosive powder which was used by the gold...

Museums

Public Record Office Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria holds a vast array of records created by Victorian Government departments and authorities including the State's courts,...

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.

History & heritage

Bonnie Doon Station

Bonnie Doon is a small town situated on the edge of Lake Eildon and is well-known these days as a holiday and weekend destination for waterskiers,...

Museums

Dargo Heritage Museum

The Dargo Heritage Museum is a unique heritage destination offering the tourist an opportunity to quietly wander back in time and feel the toughness...

History & heritage

Harrow Discovery Centre and Johnny Mullagh Interpretive Centre

Nestled in the rolling hills of Victoria's Western District on the banks of the Glenelg River, the Harrow Discovery Centre is the heart of Victoria's...

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.

History & heritage

Coal Creek Community Park and Museum

Coal Creek Community Park and Museum is a living history museum, recreating the time of settlement and the story of the coal miners from South...

Heritage buildings

Historic Hughes Creek Bridge

Hughes Creek was named after the first settler in Avenel, for many years it was a popular overnight stop for drovers. The bridge was built in 1859 by...

Heritage buildings

The Scots' Church

Look up to admire the 120-foot spire and impressive stonework of this decorated Gothic church built by David Mitchell, father of Dame Nellie Melba.

Heritage buildings

J Ward Museum

Only two and a half hours from Melbourne, J Ward is a museum that explains the early history of the goldfield times and later, the incarceration of...

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.

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