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View Event: Altona Homestead
Altona Homestead
128 Queen Street Altona
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 L ..

View Event: Altona Homestead | Open
Altona Homestead | Open
128 Queen Street Altona
➲ Every Tuesday, Saturday
The Altona Homestead provides visitors of all ages the opportunity to take a step back to the time of our early settlers to the region of Altona. Located overlooking the tranquil Logan Reserve in ..

View Event: Ambleside Historic Homestead & Museum
Ambleside Historic Homestead & Museum
3 Olivebank Road Ferntree Gully
➲ Every Thursday, Friday, Sunday
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 in the twentieth century. The School Pho ..

View Event: Australian Heritage Festival 2018: My Culture, My Story
Australian Heritage Festival 2018: My Culture, My Story
Melbourne
➲ When: 18th of April 2018 To 31st of May 2018
The National Trust Heritage Festival runs each year in April and May and is a celebration of our shared heritage. This year the Australian Heritage Festival is focusing on the theme My Culture, M ..

View Event: Banyule Homestead
Banyule Homestead
Heidelberg
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 ..

View Event: Barwon Grange
Barwon Grange
25 Fernleigh St Newtown
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 cons ..

View Event: Barwon Park Mansion
Barwon Park Mansion
105 Inverleigh-Winchelse Rd Winchelsea
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 Au ..

View Event: Barwon Park Mansion | Open
Barwon Park Mansion | Open
105 Inverleigh Road Winchelsea
➲ Every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
Barwon Park was built by Thomas Austin, and completed in 1871. A magnificent building which has had much restoration work, it is open to visitors twice a week and well worth a visit. Open Wednesda ..

View Event: Beleura | House & Garden
Beleura | House & Garden
Mornington
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 h ..

View Event: Bendigo Joss House Temple | Open
Bendigo Joss House Temple | Open
Finn Street Bendigo North
➲ Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Open every day from 11:00am - 3:00pm or by prior arrangement. Dedicated volunteer guides look after the temple and offer great insight into Chinese culture and the story of the Chinese on the Bendi ..

View Event: Bendigo Tramways | Open
Bendigo Tramways | Open
1 Tramways Avenue Bendigo
➲ Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
We operate the best working collection of heritage trams in the world. We currently have 45 trams in our fleet, 13 of which operate our Vintage Talking Tram service. Vintage Talking Tram Tours ..

View Event: Billilla Mansion
Billilla Mansion
26 Halifax Street, Brighton
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 his ..

View Event: Black Rock House
Black Rock House
34 Ebden Avenue Black Rock
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 windo ..

View Event: Blood on the Southern Cross | Sound & Light Show
Blood on the Southern Cross | Sound & Light Show
Sovereign Hill, 3 Bradshaw Street Ballarat
➲ Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Still the Hottest Show in Town! Spectacular 90 minute light show 'Blood on the Southern Cross' is an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you've ever seen before! ..

View Event: Bolobek
Bolobek
370 Mount Macedon Rd, Macedon
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 R ..

View Event: Bundoora Homestead | Open
Bundoora Homestead | Open
7-27 Snake Gully Drive Bundoora
➲ Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Built in 1899 Bundoora Homestead is a magnificent Queen Anne style Federation mansion operating as a historic house art gallery and cafe. Bundoora Homestead's cafe offers a seasonal menu of fresh m ..

View Event: Burnham Beeches
Burnham Beeches
1 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke
Burnham Beeches is an iconic Art Moderne mansion and estate located on Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, 45 minutes from the city of Melbourne. Aside from the exquisite mansion the estate contains exte ..

View Event: Carome Homestead
Carome Homestead
10 Hathfelde Boulevard, Mernda
Carome Rural calm in the northern suburbs Today Carome is now home to Two Beans and a Farm, a thriving cafe, and the Mernda Community Garden at Carome. Set in paddocks and perched on the Plenty R ..

View Event: Central Deborah Gold Mine | Open
Central Deborah Gold Mine | Open
76 Violet St Bendigo
➲ Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
History comes alive at Central Deborah Gold Mine Bendigo-Heritage-Attractions-LogoAt Bendigo's Central Deborah Gold Mine you can explore the hidden underground tunnels of a real gold mine that oper ..

View Event: City Watch House
City Watch House
345 - 355 Russell Street Melbourne
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 lo ..

View Event: Como House & Garden
Como House & Garden
Corner Williams Road and Lechlade Ave South Yarra
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 ..

View Event: Cooks' Cottage | Open & Tours
Cooks' Cottage | Open & Tours
Wellington Parade East Melbourne
➲ 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 ..

View Event: Coolart Homestead
Coolart Homestead
Lord Somers Rd, Somers
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 w ..

View Event: Coolart Homestead | Open
Coolart Homestead | Open
Lord Somers Rd Somers
➲ Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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 G ..

View Event: Coombe | Melba Estate
Coombe | Melba Estate
673-675 Maroondah Highway Coldstream
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 t ..

View Event: Cooper's Settlement
Cooper's Settlement
1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora
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 ac ..

View Event: Cooper's Settlement | Open
Cooper's Settlement | Open
1069 Plenty Road Bundoora
➲ 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 expe ..

View Event: David Collins
David Collins
3098 Point Nepean Road Sorrento
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 i ..

View Event: Dromkeen
Dromkeen
1012 Kilmore Road Riddells Creek
Gallery - Cafe/Tea Room - Event Venue - Built in 1889, Dromkeen was once the country estate of Judge Arthur Chomley and later became home to the world famous Dromkeen Picture Book Art Collection. ..

View Event: Duneira Estate
Duneira Estate
Officer Lane, Mount Macedon
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 homestea ..

View Event: Emu Bottom Homestead
Emu Bottom Homestead
Emu Bottom Homestead Racecourse Road Sunbury
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 o ..

View Event: Enterprize Wharf
Enterprize Wharf
Enterprize Park Melbourne
Standing on the banks of the Yarra River next to Queen's Bridge is one of our favourite Melbourne locations, Enterprize Wharf. Enterprize Landing is the birthplace of Melbourne, when on Sunday 30 ..

View Event: Esplanade Vaults
Esplanade Vaults
The Esplanade St Kilda
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 t ..

View Event: Eynesbury Homestead
Eynesbury Homestead
487 Eynesbury Road, Eynesbury
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 conc ..

View Event: Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
89 Merri Street Warrnambool
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village & Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village invites you to embark on the journey that resulted in one of Australia's most infamous maritime di ..

View Event: Fontainebleau | Frederick McCubbin
Fontainebleau | Frederick McCubbin
Mount Macedon
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 pu ..

View Event: Fountains of Melbourne
Fountains of Melbourne
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 re ..

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View Event: Glenfern
Glenfern
417 Inkerman St, East St Kilda
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 se ..

View Event: Golden Mile Guided Walk
Golden Mile Guided Walk
Cnr Flinders Street and Swanston St Melbourne
➲ Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Walk 'Marvellous Melbourne' and see how the discovery of gold shaped the city. Witness the majestic architecture and hear stories from your professional guide about the colourful characters of early b ..

View Event: Government House
Government House
Government House Drive Melbourne
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 ax ..

View Event: Grand Carousel | Luna Park Merry Go Round
Grand Carousel | Luna Park Merry Go Round
Lower Esplanade St Kilda
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 Mel ..

View Event: Greenvale Sanatorium
Greenvale Sanatorium
Greenvale
The only way to describe today the former Greenvale Sanatorium is spooky! The former Greenvale tuberculosis sanatorium was opened in May 1905 as the first purpose-built public tuberculosis institut ..

View Event: Guided Tours | Abbotsford Convent
Guided Tours | Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford
➲ Every Sunday
The Abbotsford Convent Tours initiative was established as a resource for the community to further engage with this arts, culture and learning precinct. Run entirely on the goodwill of volunteers, ..

View Event: Gulf Station
Gulf Station
1029 Melba Highway Yarra Glen
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 th ..

View Event: Gulf Station | Open
Gulf Station | Open
1029 Melba Highway Yarra Glen
➲ Every 1st Thursday
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 ..

View Event: H.M.V.S. Cerberus | Historic Shipwreck
H.M.V.S. Cerberus | Historic Shipwreck
Black Rock
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 ..

View Event: Harrick's Cottage
Harrick's Cottage
Harrick Road Keilor Park
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. ..

View Event: Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens
Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens
66 McCrae Street Dandenong
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 a ..

View Event: Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens | Open Hours
Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens | Open Hours
66 McCrae Street Dandenong
➲ Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Open to public: Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm 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 i ..

View Event: Heronswood
Heronswood
105 Latrobe Parade Dromana
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 ..

View Event: HM Prison Geelong
HM Prison Geelong
Corner Myers Street and Swanston Street 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 ..

View Event: HM Prison Geelong | Open
HM Prison Geelong | Open
Swanston Street Geelong
➲ 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 ..

View Event: Karori
Karori
106 Devonshire Lane Mount Macedon
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 st ..

View Event: La Trobe Cottage | Open
La Trobe Cottage | Open
Cnr Birdwood Ave and Dallas Brooks Drive Melbourne
➲ Every Sunday
Historic La Trobe's Cottage, home of Victoria's first Governor and his family is open for guided tours every Sunday (October to April). The modest yet elegant family home contains many pieces of L ..

View Event: La Trobe's Cottage
La Trobe's Cottage
Cnr Birdwood Ave and Dallas Brooks Drive Melbourne
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 a ..

View Event: Labassa
Labassa
2 Manor Grove, Caulfield North
Labassa is an outstanding Victorian era mansion with opulent architectural features. Originally called 'Sylliott Hill', it was renamed 'Ontario' in the 1880s reflecting its new owner Alexander Wil ..

View Event: Larundel Mental Asylum
Larundel Mental Asylum
Corner Plenty Rd and Main Drive Bundoora
The former Larundel Mental Asylum site has been developed into a housing and shopping centre. Larundel Hospital was conceived in 1938 to replace the outdated Kew mental hospital. By 1940 work wa ..

View Event: McCrae Homestead and Galleries
McCrae Homestead and Galleries
11 Beverley Road, McCrae
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 pri ..

View Event: McCrae Homestead | Open
McCrae Homestead | Open
11 Beverley Road McCrae
➲ Every Saturday, Sunday
What was life like for people during the early years of Victoria? How did they live? What were their homes like? What did they do to entertain themselves in their leisure time? Two families lived at M ..

View Event: Melbourne Aquarium 1930
Melbourne Aquarium 1930
9 Nicholson Street Carlton
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 i ..

View Event: Melbourne Boathouses | Boat Sheds
Melbourne Boathouses | Boat Sheds
Boathouse Drive Melbourne
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] ..

View Event: Melbourne By Foot
Melbourne By Foot
Corner Swanston St Walk and Flinders St, Melbourne
➲ 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 journe ..

View Event: Melbourne Town Hall
Melbourne Town Hall
90 - 120 Swanston Street Melbourne
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 Alb ..

View Event: Melbourne Town Hall | Tours
Melbourne Town Hall | Tours
100 Swanston Street, Melbourne
➲ Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
The City of Melbourne offers free tours of Melbourne's historic Town Hall, one of the city's oldest and perhaps most recognisable architectural landmarks. It give visitors the chance to learn about ..

View Event: Mont De Lancey Homestead & Museum
Mont De Lancey Homestead & Museum
71 Wellington Road Wandin
Mont De Lancey Historical Homestead & Museum Located in Wandin, Victoria, Australia, Mont De Lancey is known to most as a historic home, garden, museum, chapel and 1880's Slab Kitchen. Take a t ..

View Event: Mooramong Homestead
Mooramong Homestead
635 Mooramong Road Skipton
The property is a working farm of nearly 4,000 acres, incorporating the Mackinnon Nature Reserve, home to the endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot, and other Australian species such as the wedge-tailed ..

View Event: Mulberry Hill
Mulberry Hill
385 Golf Links Road Langwarrin
Home of Sir Daryl (artist) & Lady Joan (author) Lindsay Designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear, this magnificent American Colonial style-home was built in 1926 as an extension to a pre-existing 1880s w ..

View Event: National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
4 Parliament Place, East Melbourne
The National Trust is a unique worldwide organisation that is 'apolitical' and primarily funded by its members. It speaks out and campaigns for the protection of our heritage; it manages and opens ..

View Event: Ned Kelly Touring Route
Ned Kelly Touring Route
Ned Kelly Touring Route Glenrowan
The Ned Kelly Touring Route website has a wealth of information about things to do, places to see and more along the route. The Ned Kelly Touring Route is a joint initiative between the municipalit ..



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