History & heritage
The past is always present in Victoria. Nearly everywhere you look, you'll discover evidence of the state's proud and fascinating history, from elegant Victorian-era buildings and Murray River paddle steamers to maritime museums and steam trains.
Discover beautifully preserved goldmining towns, bushrangers lairs, and ancient burial sites testifying to the long history of Aboriginal occupation. Explore the wealth of history and heritage in each of Victoria's regions.
Gold rush history
Explore the legacy of gold throughout the region, particularly in former mining centres like Beechworth, Chiltern, Yackandandah and Woods Point.
The legacy of the gold rush that shaped Victoria lives on in the boomtown architecture and rich history of the Goldfields region.
Explore gold rush history by scenic railway, wander through restored boom-time architecture, or take a trip down the famous Long Tunnel Mine.
Discover the dramatic coastline of the Great Ocean Road region that has claimed more than 180 ships in its colourful maritime history.
Gippsland is home to one of Victoria's oldest ports and historic lighthouses, making its maritime heritage one of the most significant in the state.
Unlock the peninsula's historic discoveries from earliest Aboriginal times to the evocative era of European adventurers, mariners and pastoralists.
Coal mining history
Visit the old State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi and hear stories of life underground. Also in the area is the Coal Creek Heritage Village in Korumburra.