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Melbourne places of historical importance including locations, events, festival, open days, re-enactments and rallies.

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 1,000 Steps | Kokoda Track Memorial Walk 1,000 Steps | Kokoda Track Memorial Walk
The 1,000 Steps Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is a unique tourist spot located in the Dandenong Ranges National Park at Mt Dandenong. The track was created in the early 1900's made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the tr Read more..

View Profile | Upper Ferntree Gully


 Abbotsford Convent Guided Tours Abbotsford Convent Guided Tours
Every Sunday
Fascinating guided tours of the Abbotsford Convent arts, cultural, and education precinct occur every Sunday afternoon at 2pm. The Abbotsford Convent is steeped in history and interest. For over a century, the precinct housed a closed order of Goo Read more..

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 Altona Homestead Altona Homestead
The Altona Homestead was the first Homestead in this area. Construction of the building commenced in 1842 on an area of land now known as the R.J. Logan Reserve. Then owned by Alfred and Sarah Langhorne, the first settlers of Altona. Alfred Read more..

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 Altona Homestead | Open Altona Homestead | Open
Every Tuesday
The Altona Homestead was the first Homestead in this area. Altona Homestead is open on Tuesdays 11am till 2pm. Devonshire Tea is served on the 1st Sunday of the month. Entry is free, however any donation is greatly appreciated Group and Scho Read more..

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 Ambleside Park Ambleside Park
The land on which the homestead now stands is part of Crown allotment 56K of the Parish of Scoresby. The property originally consisted of 210 acres from Olivebank Road north along Forest Road to what is now Boronia Road then north easterly to Nyora R Read more..

View Profile | Ferntree Gully


 Ambleside Park | Local History Museum Ambleside Park | Local History Museum
Every Sunday
The Ambleside Park Museum is open on Sundays 1pm - 4pm and at other times by appointment. Ambleside Park Museum is a local history museum housed in a century old farmhouse. Two of the rooms contain displays depicting a parlor and a bedroom early i Read more..

View Profile | Ferntree Gully | Ambleside Park


 Banyule Homestead Banyule Homestead
Banyule Homestead or Banyule House has long been one of the landmark buildings in Heidelberg. The gothic-style mansion was constructed in 1846 by one of the overlanders from Sydney, Joseph Hawdon and it is, in fact, one of the oldest surviving ho Read more..

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 Barwon Grange Barwon Grange
Barwon Grange is a place in an elegant early Victorian suburban villa built for upper middle class merchant, property financier and banker, Jonathan Porter O'Brien. This property captures and conserves a particular interval of time - a tableau fr Read more..

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 Barwon Park Mansion Barwon Park Mansion
Imposing bluestone mansion built in the 1860s for Thomas Austin, its first owner. The property comprised 12,000 hectares, and was noted for its sheep and horses. Barwon Park was built by Thomas Austin, and completed in 1871. A magnificent buildin Read more..

View Profile | Winchelsea


 Barwon Park Mansion | Open Barwon Park Mansion | Open
Every Wednesday, Sunday
Historic Barwon Park Mansion is an imposing bluestone mansion built in the 1860s for Thomas Austin its first owner. The property comprised 12000 hectares and was noted for its sheep and horses. Open every Wednesday and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Group Read more..

View Profile | Winchelsea | Barwon Park Mansion


 Beleura | House & Garden Beleura | House & Garden
Beleura is an exceptional place. The Tallis Family Summer House for many decades and from 1950 John Tallis' home, it houses an amazing collection of items. When John Tallis died in 1996 he left his house Beleura at Mornington to the people of Victor Read more..

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 Billilla Mansion Billilla Mansion
Billilla mansion was built in 1878 by Robert Wright on land owned by Nicholas Were. Brighton City Council (now Bayside City Council) purchased Billilla mansion to retain the building and sites historical significance. Although now leased by X Read more..

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 Black Rock House Black Rock House
Built in 1856 by Victoria's first Auditor-General, Charles Hotson Ebden as a seaside holiday residence, Black Rock House is now owned by Bayside City Council. Black Rock House offers a unique window into the past. In 1854, Charles Ebden purchased Read more..

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 Blood on the Southern Cross Blood on the Southern Cross
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Still the Hottest Show in Town! ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ is an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you’ve ever seen before! The story of the Eureka Rebellion, a dramatic battle between gold miners and Governmen Read more..

View Profile | Ballarat | Sovereign Hill | Ballarat


 Bolobek Bolobek
Bolobek, a magnificent heritage property nestled in the foothills of Mt Macedon in Victoria, has inspired Australian gardeners for more than a century. Bolobek is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register for its importance aesthetically, historic Read more..

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 Bundoora Homestead Bundoora Homestead
Built in 1899, Bundoora Homestead is a magnificent Queen Anne style Federation mansion operating as a historic house, art gallery and cafe, registered by Heritage Victoria and certified by the National Trust. Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is the p Read more..

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 Burnham Beeches Burnham Beeches
Burnham Beeches is a mansion in Sherbrooke, built for Aspro-brand sales magnate Alfred Nicholas. The 1930's Art Deco mansion and surrounding gardens [Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens] was owned by Alfred Nicholas, a philanthropist who, along with Read more..

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 Cemetery | Ghost Tours & Walks  Cemetery | Ghost Tours & Walks

 City Watch House City Watch House
The former City Watch House operated as Melbourne's central custody centre or 'holding place' for people arrested and awaiting trial. For almost a century, every person arrested in Melbourne was lodged in the City Watch House opposite the Russell Read more..

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 Como House & Garden Como House & Garden
A stone’s throw away from Melbourne’s shopping mecca and perched high above the Yarra River lies the sanctuary of Como. Boasting one of Melbourne’s finest garden, an inspiring historic mansion and an impressive collection of antique furniture, th Read more..

View Profile | South Yarra


 Como House House Tours Como House House Tours
Date: 27th of December 2014 To 28th of December 2014
Como House will be open to the public by guided tour on special weekends and occasional Wednesdays. Tours cover the history of Como House and the families that have lived on the property. They run for approximately 45 minutes. Tickets wil Read more..

View Profile | South Yarra | Como House & Garden


 Cooks' Cottage | Open & Tours Cooks' Cottage | Open & Tours
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Cooks' Cottage is rebuilt in the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens to commemorate the voyages of Captain James Cook discoverer of Australia. Opening hours Monday to Sunday: 9am to 5pm Cooks' Cottage is not open Christmas Day. Last visitor admitted 4. Read more..

View Profile | East Melbourne | Cooks' Cottage


 Coolart Homestead Coolart Homestead
Coolart Homestead is a magnificent late Victorian mansion situated on the shores of Westernport. In the superb grounds are ever-changing wetlands that you can view from the observatory, and a lagoon where thousands of Australian white ibis nest every Read more..

View Profile | Somers


 Coolart Homestead | Open Coolart Homestead | Open
Date: 1st of January 2014 To 24th of December 2014
Coolart Homestead is a magnificent late Victorian mansion situated on the shores of Westernport. Opening Hours: Coolart is open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily except Christmas Day New Years Day and Good Friday. Access is via Lord Somers Road Somers Read more..

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 Coombe | Melba Estate Coombe | Melba Estate
Once the home of Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe is a property with an unrivalled provenance. Seven acres of stunning gardens and beautifully appointed facilities in the restored motor house and clock tower offer a truly unique gourmet and cultural exp Read more..

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 Cooper's Settlement Cooper's Settlement
Cooper's Settlement is located in the largest park in the Northern suburbs, Bundoora Park - 15 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne. When you visit the Settlement you can experience a variety of activities that children will want to revisit and fa Read more..

View Profile | Bundoora


 Cooper's Settlement | Open Cooper's Settlement | Open
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Cooper's Settlement is open 7 days a week all year round. Cooper's Settlement is located within the largest park in the Northern suburbs Bundoora Park. When you visit the Settlement you can experience a variety of activities that children will Read more..

View Profile | Bundoora | Cooper's Settlement


 David Collins David Collins
Colonel David Collins (3 March 1756 – 24 March 1810) was the first Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Van Diemens Land, founded in 1804 (Tasmania). Collins established the first ever settlement in the state of Victoria at Sullivan Bay in 1803. S Read more..

View Profile | Sorrento


 Duneira Estate Duneira Estate
The 1875 historic Victorian homestead is in excellent condition and is warm and inviting as it is still a much-loved family home. Built in 1875 by Suetonius Officer, Duneira is a renovated homestead that tells the tale of its subsequent owners. Read more..

View Profile | Mount Macedon


 Emu Bottom Homestead Emu Bottom Homestead
The story of Emu Bottom Homestead begins on August 30 1835, when the schooner Enterprize sailed up Port Phillip Bay. On board was the first party of settlers who built the huts of the banks of the Yarra from which the City of Melbourne then Read more..

View Profile | Sunbury


 Enterprize Landing Enterprize Landing
Standing on the banks of the Yarra River next to Queen's Bridge is one of our favourite Melbourne locations, Enterprize Landing. Enterprize Landing is the birthplace of Melbourne, when on Sunday 30th August 1835, settlers on the tall ship schoon Read more..

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 Esplanade Vaults Esplanade Vaults
The Esplanade Vaults that once housed 10 shops are located on the Lower Esplanade across from the St Kilda sea baths. In the 1890s, public transport on the Esplanade was upgraded with a new cable tramway. The upper Esplanade roadway needed to be Read more..

View Profile | St Kilda


 Eynesbury Homestead Eynesbury Homestead
Eynesbury Homestead is a bluestone homestead built for Samuel Thomas Staughton dating from the early 1870s. The single storied bay windowed side wings date from the 1880s as does probably the concave timber verandah. Quoins, widows walk and the e Read more..

View Profile | Eynesbury


 Family Fun Day | Ambleside Park  Family Fun Day | Ambleside Park
Date: 17th of January 2015
Knox Historical Society are holding an Open Day at ‘Ambleside’ homestead & museum, 3 Olivebank Rd Ferntree Gully, on Saturday, 17 January, 11 am – 3 pm. Activities include period games for children, live music, craft displays and demonstrations, Read more..

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 Flagstaff Hill | Loch Ard Lantern Walk & Shipwrecked! Flagstaff Hill | Loch Ard Lantern Walk & Shipwrecked!
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village invites you to embark on the journey that resulted in one of Australia's most infamous maritime disasters when you experience Shipwrecked, an enthralling journey of discovery, tragedy, illusion and intrigue. A ragi Read more..

View Profile | Warrnambool


 Fontainebleau | Frederick McCubbin Fontainebleau | Frederick McCubbin
Hidden away on the north side of Mount Macedon, Fontainebleau is the former country property of the much-loved Australian painter Frederick McCubbin. 24 September 2010 marks the Centenary of the purchase of 'Fontainebleau', the McCubbin family pro Read more..

View Profile | Mount Macedon


 Fountains of Melbourne Fountains of Melbourne
Melbourne has some delightful water fountains (or should we say 'water features') and thanks to the current lord mayor Robert Doyle, many are being turned on after being turned off because of water restrictions. The fountaints are designed to be l Read more..

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 Glenfern Glenfern
Glenfern once stood in more than four acres of ornamental pleasure grounds and orchard complete with stables, pigsty and cows. Even today it boasts a spacious though more modest garden. The main section was built in 1857, the east wing perhaps som Read more..

View Profile | East St Kilda


 Government House Government House
Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Victoria, and is located in the precincts of the Botanical Gardens. Government House History Melbourne was founded on the east-west axis of the Yarra River. At first, the north bank wa Read more..

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 Grand Carousel | Luna Park Merry Go Round Grand Carousel | Luna Park Merry Go Round
Luna Park's Merry Go Round, the Grand Carousel original home was White City in Sydney before coming to Luna Park in 1923 where it has remained ever since and is fondly remembered by generations of Melburnians. PTC#30, the thirtieth machine made by Read more..

View Profile | St Kilda


 Gulf Station Gulf Station
Yarra Valley's Pioneer Working Farm Gulf Station began in the 1840’s as part of a 25000 acre run known as the Gulf. The Bell family began their lives here in the late 1840’s and the homestead and outbuildings are a part of the legacy that the fam Read more..

View Profile | Yarra Glen


 Gulf Station | Open Gulf Station | Open
Every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Yarra Valley's Pioneer Working Farm Located less than an hour away from Melbourne’s CBD in the picturesque Yarra Valley, Gulf Station is one of the oldest and most intact timber farm complexes in Australia. The numerous original farm outbuild Read more..

View Profile | Yarra Glen | Gulf Station


 H.M.V.S. Cerberus | Historic Shipwreck H.M.V.S. Cerberus | Historic Shipwreck
HMVS (Her Majesty's Victorian Ship) Cerberus has rested in three metres of water at Half Moon Bay since being scuttled to form a breakwater in 1926. To the casual observer there appeared to be no deterioration until a major collapse took place in Read more..

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 Harrick's Cottage Harrick's Cottage
Harrick's Cottage is of cultural significance as a rare surviving example of a pole constructed, tent shaped dwelling and is an example of an Irish immigrant settler's hut dating from the early 1860s. The pole and scantling tent structure built i Read more..

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 Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens
Take a trip back in time and discover Dandenong’s unique social history through a visit to Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens. Heritage Hill is comprised of three historic buildings, and approximately 1.5 acres of landscaped gardens. Read more..

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 Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens | Open Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens | Open
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Take a trip back in time and discover Dandenong’s unique social history through a visit to Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens. Read more..

View Profile | Dandenong | Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens


 Heronswood Heronswood
Heronswood is a historic property that was built in 1864 and is located in Dromana, Victoria. A Gothic Revival house built in 1874, and highly picturesque, it incorporates the original shingled roofed cottage that was the first structure built on 46 Read more..

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 HM Prison Geelong HM Prison Geelong
The Old Geelong Gaol, formerly a high security prison, remains much the same as when it ceased operation in July 1991. The basalt (locally known as bluestone) walls and masonary together with the finely laid brickwork are among the best examples Read more..

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 HM Prison Geelong | OPen HM Prison Geelong | OPen
Every Saturday, Sunday
The Old Geelong Gaol formerly a high security prison remains much the same as when it ceased operation in July 1991. Open to the public each Saturday and Sunday school holidays and public holidays Closed Christmas Day Boxing day New Year's day a Read more..

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 Karori Karori
Karori is one of Mt Macedon's most intact and important 19th Century hill station properties. Karori is of architectural importance and the gardens of state significance. Karori is a 6 acre hill station property on the Southern slopes of Mount Mac Read more..

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 La Trobe Cottage | Open La Trobe Cottage | Open
Every Sunday
La Trobe's Cottage is located in the King's Domain near the Royal Botanic Gardens. Booked Tours of the Cottage available Monday to Friday all year. Combined Tours of La Trobe's Cottage and Government House Monday and Thursday. (subject to availabi Read more..

View Profile | South Yarra | La Trobe's Cottage


 La Trobe's Cottage La Trobe's Cottage
La Trobe's Cottage was Victoria's first Government House. La Trobe's Cottage was home to Charles Joseph La Trobe, his wife Sophie and their children from 1839 to 1854. Charles La Trobe arrived as Superintendent of the Port Phillip district of N Read more..

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 Labassa Labassa
With its opulent architecture and largely intact decoration, Labassa in Caulfield is one of Australia's most outstanding 19th century mansions. The house as we see it today, reflects the work of architect John Augustus Bernard Koch who was employ Read more..

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 McCrae Homestead and Galleries McCrae Homestead and Galleries
Every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
Built by Andrew and Georgiana McCrae in 1844, McCrae Homestead is one of Victoria's oldest homesteads and is a physical reminder of the early pioneering life, using locally available materials and primitive construction techniques. Georgiana was Read more..

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 Melbourne Aquarium 1930 Melbourne Aquarium 1930
We were surprised to see on a DVD about old trams, an advertising hoarding in Carlton for a Melbourne Aquarium except it was the 1930's. As the cable tram rounded the corner from Nicholson Street into Gertrude Street, the sign is seen in the garde Read more..

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 Melbourne Boathouses | Boat Sheds Melbourne Boathouses | Boat Sheds
Melbourne's historic rowing boathouses on the banks of the Yarra River in Alexandra Gardens are home to following Melbourne rowing clubs. - Banks Rowing Club [1865] - Mercantile Rowing Club [1880] - La Trobe University Rowing Club [1969] - Melb Read more..

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 Melbourne By Foot Melbourne By Foot
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Melbourne By Foot is a personalised adventure through Melbourne's past and present. The tour which runs daily at 1pm is led by an experienced and friendly local guide who will take you on a journey through the heart of the CBD. Whether you a f Read more..

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 Melbourne Historical Walks Melbourne Historical Walks
We came across this fabulous collection of Historical Walks through the suburbs of Melbourne on the Adult Education Institution web site. For more information, go to Melbourne Historical Walks at Adult Education Institution web site. If you are e Read more..

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 Melbourne Signs Melbourne Signs
A recent exhibition in Melbourne displayed a collection of Melbourne signs in a tradition of eclecticism and openness. Over 150 years of Melbourne street signs, billboards, posters and typefaces form the basis for this revealing and colourful jour Read more..

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 Melbourne Town Hall Melbourne Town Hall
The Melbourne Town Hall is a magnificent heritage building steeped in history and located on the corner of Swanston and Collins Street, in the heart of the city. His Royal Highness Alfred Ernst Albert, Duke of Edinburgh, laid the foundation stone Read more..

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