1. Barwon Grange
Barwon Grange is the only surviving example of the many fashionable riverfront residences built along the Barwon River for Geelong's wealthiest during the 1850s and 1860s. It was built for businessman Jonathon Porter O'Brien and his wife, who only lived there for a year before returning to England.
2. Barwon Park
Once a lavish homestead set back from the Barwon River, today this Italianate bluestone mansion makes an impressive wedding and function venue. Barwon Park's ornate entrance halls leads on to 42 rooms, and was home to pioneer and pastoralist Thomas Austin and his philanthropist wife Elizabeth.
3. Coombe Yarra Valley
Dame Nellie Melba, remembered as Australia's most famous opera singer, made Coombe Cottage her home in the late 1800s. It's still owned and operated by her descendants, the Vestey family. Visit Coombe Yarra Valley, part of the Melba Estate, for a taste of history, art and a gourmet experience at the Yarra Valley's gateway.
4. Fortuna Villa
Fortuna Villa in Bendigo was built in 1855 during the gold rush by one of Australia’s wealthiest mining magnates. It was also used for defence purposes by the Australian Army, but is now open to the public for events and high tea.