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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

Price & booking

Cost

Type Valid Entry cost
Family
Two adults and two children
01/07/15 - 30/06/16 $17.00
Concession
Upon presenting Australian student or seniors card
01/07/15 - 30/06/16 $4.50
Child
Under 15 years
01/07/15 - 30/06/16 $3.20
Adult
01/07/15 - 30/06/16 $6.20
Payment methods accepted
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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.

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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