Cook´s cottage
Cook´s cottage

Cooks Cottage

Address: Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

Phone: 03 9658 9658  

Email: cookscottage@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Web: melbourne.vic.gov.au/cookscottage

Built in 1755, Cooks' Cottage is the oldest building in Australia and a popular Melbourne tourist attraction.

Originally located in Yorkshire, England, and built by the parents of Captain James Cook, the cottage was brought to Melbourne by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934. Astonishingly, each brick was individually numbered, packed into barrels and then shipped to Australia.

Combining modern interpretations of Captain Cook's adventures, centuries-old antiques, a delightful English cottage garden and volunteers dressed in 18th century costumes, Cooks' Cottage is a fascinating step back in time.

Entry to the cottage includes a comprehensive fact sheet for a self-guided tour. Available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, German, French and Korean.

School tours and group tours and visits are also available.

Tickets and souvenirs can be purchased from the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, just 100 metres away.

There are many ways you can get to Cooks' Cottage. Catch the free City Circle tram and disembark at Spring Street, Treasury Gardens stop. Cooks Cottage is a 15 minute walk from Federation Square and easy walking distance from all central hotels. Tram routes 48 or 75 and disembark at Wellington Parade, adjacent to Fitzroy Gardens. If travelling by train, disembark at Parliament or Jolimont Stations and walk towards Fitzroy Gardens. Stop 3 on the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle drops you at the MCG, from here walk towards the gardens. Also there is public car parking surrounding the gardens (parking tickets may be required).

Content: City of Melbourne

Cost

TypeValid fromValid toEntry cost($)

Family

Two adults and two children

01/07/1530/06/16$17.00

Concession

Upon presenting Australian student or seniors card

01/07/1530/06/16$4.50

Child

Under 15 years

01/07/1530/06/16$3.20

Adult

01/07/1530/06/16$6.20

Payment methods accepted

MasterCard  VISA Card 

Cancellation and booking policy

Groups of eight individuals or more can make a booking to visit Cooks' Cottage or undertake a tour. Booking forms for tour companies or school groups can be found on the website. A cancellation fee applies for groups cancelling within 72 hours of arrival.

Local directions

15 minute walk from Federation Square and easy walking distance from all central hotels. Free City Circle tram - disembark at Spring Street, Treasury Gardens stop. Tram routes 48 or 75 - disembark at Wellington Parade, adjacent to Fitzroy Gardens. Train - disembark at Parliament or Jolimont Stations. Melbourne Visitor Shuttle - disembark at Stop 3, MCG. Public car parking surrounds the gardens (parking tickets may be required).

Facilities

  • Child activities
  • Coach parking
  • Access with assistance for the disabled
  • First aid equipment
  • Guide
  • Interactive centre
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Public toilet
  • Shaded area

Activities

  • Art and craft
  • Birdwatching
  • Lessons/tutorials
  • Shopping
  • Guided walks

Opening hours

Cooks Cottage is closed on Christmas Day.

Daily
9:00am -5:00pm
Last entry is at 4.45pm.

Memberships

  • Cultural Tourism Industry Group
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria

Disabled access

With assistance

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