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 lived there for merely a year before returning to England.
2. Barwon Park
Once a lavish homestead set back from the Barwon River, this Italianate bluestone mansion was home to pioneer and pastoralist Thomas Austin and his philanthropist wife Elizabeth. Barwon Park has an ornate entrance hall leading on to 42 rooms, and today makes an impressive wedding and function venue.
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
Bendigo's Fortuna Villa was built in 1855, during Victoria's gold rush, by one of Australia’s wealthiest mining magnates. It has also been used for defence purposes by the Australian Army, but is now open to the public for events and high tea.
Heide Museum of Modern Art was the home of John and Sunday Reed, who commissioned architect David McGlashan to create the iconic 1963 modernist building as 'a gallery to be lived in'. Avid champions and collectors of art, the Reeds drew into their circle prominent artists including Sidney Nolan and Joy Hester.
6. Beleura House
On the Mornington Peninsula, Beleura was built in 1863 and became the exceptionally grand summer home of Sir George Tallis, chairman of a successful theatrical company. Set in 5 hectares of gardens, the house contains the original furnishings of its last owner, John Tallis, and features a dedicated music pavilion with the world's largest grand piano.