Heidelberg School Artists Trail

Discover the natural beauty and cultural diversity of Melbourne's north-east region through the eyes of Australia's first significant art movement, the Heidelberg School.

This outstanding 40km trail meanders through the municipalities of Banyule, Nillumbik and Manningham through to the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges set against a range of settings from storybook villages and busy high streets to peaceful river valleys and a spectacular mountain ash forest.

This is a free-of-charge, self-drive, cycling, walking Trail and is ideal for all visitors including school groups who have an interest in the arts and the natural environment.

This outstanding Artists Trail extends for 40 kms in north- east Melbourne's Valley of the Arts, Yarra Valley, Dandenong and The Ranges. The 57 explanatory signs are situated in a diverse range of outdoor settings: from busy suburban streets, and river valleys to towering Mountain Ash forests. The signs show you a reproduction and description of some of the most famous paintings of important artists such as Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, located in or near where the artists painted or lived.

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Heidelberg School Artists Trail


There are nine signs on the Heidelberg School Artists Trail that can be found within the Dandenong Ranges, featuring Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Eugene Von Guerard. A network of walking trails are also on offer throughout Dandenong Ranges National Park, where you will find yourself immersed in the lush green beauty of this rainforest environment, characterised by ancient ferns and towering mountain ash trees. Take the time to visit William Ricketts Sanctuary, a place of beauty and tranquillity where 92 mystical kiln-fired clay sculptures of people and animals merge with the natural surroundings.


The greatest concentration of signs along the trail is in the Heidelberg area and in the neighbouring suburbs of Eaglemont and Ivanhoe. There are 20 signs in this area alone and it offers great opportunities for interesting walks through magnificent parklands and heritage residential streets with stately homes. There are also small but unique commercial centres which offer art, craft and antique shops, as well as wide variety of cafes and restaurants.


The area known as Nillumbik, of which the townships of Eltham, Diamond Creek and Research are a part, has long been known as a centre of creative activity. The artists featured on this part of the trail include Clara Southern, Walter Withers, Jane Price and May Vale. Nillumbik's artistic heritage lives on in the architecture and sculpture that you can see today throughout the area. Artists' studios, galleries, cafes and wineries, and art in public spaces provide you with a multitude of opportunities to enjoy this living heritage.


Follow the trail of signs through Templestowe and Warrandyte. Walk through picturesque parkland at Banksia Park and Finns Reserve. Browse at coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and speciality shops at Templestowe Village. Wander down the riverside path beside the Yarra River and along art and craft galleries and Australiana stores atWarrandyte. Hear aboutWarrandyte's gold-mining history by touching the buttons on the Warrandyte Gold Soundscape Posts while you're there.


It takes less than an hour to escape the city and enter the magical Yarra Valley. Walk among towering stands of mist-shrouded Mountain Ash, relax over a glass of wine at one of the many renowned cellar doors and delve into the area's rich cultural heritage at the Museum of Lilydale. Marvel at the exceptional collection of Australian and Oceanic indigenous art at Burrinja Gallery in Upwey and the magnificant contemporary art of Tarrawarra Museum of Art.


1: Templestowe
2.2: Heidelberg & Bulleen
2.3: Warrandyte
2.4: Eltham
2.5: Research
2.6: Diamond Creek
2.7: Ferntree Gully
2.8: Kallista
2.9: Olinda
2.10: Mt Dandenong & Kalorama Fiveways
2.11: Silvan
2.12: Lilydale
2.13: Yarra Glen
2.14: Coldstream/Yering

This is a free-of-charge, self-drive, cycling, walking trail. For Public Transport details, please phone VicTrip on 13 1638.

For Public Transport details, please phone VicTrip on 13 1638 or www.victrip.com.au

Heidelberg School

The Heidelberg School originated in July 1891, when art critic, Sidney Dickinson wrote a review of the exhibitions of works by Walter Withers and Arthur Streeton. Dickinson noted that these artists, whose works were mostly painted in the Heidelberg area, could be considered as 'The Heidelberg School'.

Since that time, The Heidelberg School has taken on a wider meaning and covers Australian artists of the late nineteenth century who painted plein-air in the impressionist tradition. These artists were inspired by the beautiful landscapes of the Yarra River and the unique light that typifies the Australian bush.


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3.2: Louis Buvelot
3.3: Charles Conder
3.4: David Davies
3.5: Emanual Phillips Fox
3.6: Tom Roberts
3.7: William Nicholas Rowell
3.8: Arthur Streeton
3.9: Clara Southern
3.10: Tudor St George Tucker
3.11: May Vale
3.12: Jane Price
3.13: Eugene Von Guerard
3.14: Walter Withers

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