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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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Eight of the best

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Mansfield Station

The former Mansfield Station buildings are well preserved and are home to the Mansfield Historical Society. Adjacent to the station precinct is the...

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.

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.

Heritage buildings

Maryborough School House

Maryborough Schoolhouse Village is the perfect place to enjoy spending time with friends both old and new. The Schoolhouse was the site of...

Gold rush history

Yackandandah Gold Panning

Yackandandah is rich in gold mining history and owes its creation to the discovery of gold in 1852. Alluvial gold was the main source of gold found...

Heritage buildings

Albury Railway Station

The grandeur of Albury's Railway Station reflects the significant role it played in transporting passengers and goods around colonial New South...

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Portland Cable Trams

Come and explore Victoria's birthplace by the sea onboard Portland Cable Trams. Travel along Portland's historic foreshore and enjoy the breathtaking...

Museums

Grainger Museum

The Grainger Museum is the only purpose-built autobiographical museum in Australia. Its fascinating collection contains not only objects directly...

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,...

History & heritage

Coombe Yarra Valley - Melba Estate Gallery

Dame Nellie Melba was one of the most celebrated artists of all time and the gallery provides an opportunity for visitors to experience the lifestyle...

Museums

Gippsland Vehicle Collection

The Gippsland Vehicle Collection provides south east Australia with an outstanding rotating display of interesting vehicles including cars,...

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...

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